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Finally it’s here. The Hamilton’s Intra-Matic Chronograph H unfolds the full vintage experience with the introduction of their latest exclusive calibre H-51 hand-wound chronograph movement. Sharing many distinguishing traits of the Intra-Matic Auto Chrono, Hamilton repackaged the retro panda chronograph into a new svelte 2-piece case construction that houses a boxed-shaped sapphire crystal for a true ‘60s appeal.
Watches holding rich history and quality designs definitely spark a great deal of excitement for many watch lovers, especially when it comes to vintage reissues inspired by nostalgic design elements from a bygone era.
|Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Chronograph H Black - Bracelet Ref. H38429130
From a heritage brand like Hamilton, modern re-interpretations of their past retro models has been the direction they are going in many recent releases, reviving them with Swiss watchmaking capabilities of the 21st century. In 2017, Hamilton unveiled the limited edition American Classic Intra-Matic Chrono 68 based on the Hamilton Chronograph B from 1968, a gorgeous release well-received by vintage watch enthusiasts. This time round, the Intra-Matic Chronograph H recaptures the golden age of sports chronographs, bringing back the unparalleled haptic pleasure of a hand-wound timepiece.
The Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Chronograph H Black Ref. H38429130 receives a reworked 2-piece 316L stainless steel construction with the bezel integrated into the mid-case, offering a more seamless appearance compared to the former 3-piece construction in previous iterations. While the overall thickness remains relatively unchanged at approximately 14.3mm, this new case construction resulted in a notably slimmer case profile, with the boxed sapphire crystal contributing to the overall height. Nonetheless, the watch sits extremely comfortable on the wrist with a versatile diameter of 40mm and a lug to lug distance of 49mm.
|Vintage charisma through its case
Taking visual cues from the Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono, the sleek case design echoes a charming old-school style from the ‘60s with its slim angular lugs and circular construction. The entire case is finished to a high standard with smooth mirror-like polishing all around, bringing an extra flair that amplifies the dressy appeal as it gleams with brilliance under bright lighting.
Distinct oversized pushers and a grippy crown at the right side of the case are the hallmarks of the Intra-Matic Chronograph H, allowing for a ton of retro character with a satisfying operation when using the chronograph and winding up the movement. To complete the vintage look, the supplied stainless steel 20mm Milanese mesh bracelet beautifully expresses a sophisticated elegance associated with timepieces from the 70s period, a seemingly perfect style of bracelet to pair with a vintage-inspired chronograph. Secured on the wrist with a polished Hamilton-signed push-button clasp, a mesh bracelet brings a raffish charm that easily compliments a whole range of style from sporty to classy.
Minimal dial that is elegant and chic
Retaining the iconic dial design of the classic chronograph, the Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Chronograph H Black Ref. H38429130 presents Hamilton’s signature reverse panda dial with a deep black dial and cream white contrasting sub-dials in a bi-compax layout. An incredibly iconic dial design that undoubtedly will never go out of style. On the slim pencil minute and hour hand, as well as the faceted hour markers are treated with off-white coloured Super-LumiNova, glowing pleasantly in the dark while recalling the warm look of aged tritium or radium. For a refreshing change, we now get a boxed-shaped scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating, recreating the charming curve of old-school acrylic crystals.
At the heart of the Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Chronograph H Black Ref. H38429130 lies the new Hamilton Swiss-made caliber H-51 hand-wound mechanical movement, based off the ever-reliable Valjoux 7753. The 27 jewel movement boasts an enhanced 60-hour power reserve despite having a 4 Hz frequency running at 28,800 beats per hour. The solid steel case back is screwed in to attain an ample water resistance rating of 10 bar (100 meters).
|Super-LumiNova glowing pleasantly in the dark|
Whether you’re longing for a sporty chronograph or a classy dress piece, the Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Chronograph H Black Ref. H38429130 fits right in place in any of the two categories. It is certainly satisfying to see Hamilton introducing a model that brings back many of the vintage elements we watch enthusiasts truly appreciate. With the right blend of fine watchmaking from the Swiss and Hamilton’s strong heritage, this is one exceptional offering that embodies the soul of a mechanical hand-wound timepiece.