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It all started in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, horology household name Hamilton is one of the most prestigious watchmakers in the United States. Ever since the early 20th century, Hamilton started its journey, making pocket watches with movements produced in-house. All of them have been known for its accuracy and robustness so much so that the military and railroad officers adopted their watches only due to these traits. Critically during World War II, the company focused on its military business, resulting in the impression sinking into watch enthusiasts’ minds on their Khaki collection. Though many might know the now Swiss American brand for their legible yet straightforward watch, today, we will take a look at the other side of their prowess in watchmaking through the introduction of their chronograph complications.
Hamilton, with their chronographs journey, started from the early 60s, showcasing their abilities since then with their coveted timepieces like the Pan-Europe and Chronomatic. Oh, they were part of the five companies to launch the legendary Calibre 11 (or known as the Project 99), the first batch of the automatic chronograph in 1969 that ever stepped foot into the world. How did it come about? Simply put, Hamilton’s latest acquisition of Swiss-maker Buren in charge of the base caliber while module specialist Dépraz came out with the chronograph mechanism. Hamilton, with two others—Heuer and Breitling, to assemble the movement inside their running chronograph watches.
|Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph Green Ref. H38416560
Why do we go through so much history for you guys right here? Well, that is because we would like to introduce the latest release of their 1960s chronograph model, pulling their iconic Chrono-matic automatic chronograph with their Pre-caliber 11 Panda Chrono- the Chronograph A from 1968. Behold, the Intra-Matic Chronograph Green Ref. H38416560.
Starting with its case measuring at 40mm wide with a height of 14.6mm and lug-to-lug length of 49.2mm. The case size fits today’s Neo-vintage theme, where it sits at the sweet spot of an everyday Chrono while not being sized like a hockey puck. The case shape is an exact reissue of their vintage Chronograph A, with a full polished steel case paired with sharp lugs and pump pushers. The Intra-Matic Chrono has the modern touch of a screw-in case back for better water resistance of 100m and topped off the other side with a domed sapphire crystal. The main crown is signed with their vintage “H” symbol and is screwed-down to ensure a tight seal for the water-resistance.
|Old-school Pump pushers
The retro charms lie in the pale green “panda” style dial that takes on a more subtle look compared to other timepieces with green dials boasting a bold and strong green. Compared to its monochromatic counterparts, the light green here looks almost as if it has faded over many years, like a real vintage piece—and the result is really attractive. True to the vintage cue, the Intra-Matic Chronograph Green features the symmetric dual register dial configuration, where the running second is read on the left side while balancing off with the 30-minute totalizer on the opposite right side. Both sub-dials are executed in cream white on the light green background with precise snailing done to them to create a certain depth.
The Tachymeter scale is then done in a similar cream white and it sits on the periphery inside the case, another nod to its vintage chronograph, the Chrono-Matic. At the 6 o’clock position, a black on white background date display sits well without disrupting the symmetry of the watch. Lastly, the 60s applied markers and handset were executed here topping with the latest Superluminova that glows well through the night.
Original 1968 "Panda" Chronograph Design
While the vintage chronograph runs on the Valjoux 7730, the latest Intra-Matic powered by the most recent H-31 automatic movement. Based on the Valjoux 7753, the 27 jewels automatic movement have its chronograph function, hand winding, and hacking capabilities and a power reserve of 60 hours at a frequency of 28,800 bph. Further, the date complication is advanced via an innovative quick-set pusher at 10 o’clock does the job of changing the date instead of the central crown.
Pairing elegantly with the Intra-Matic Chronograph Green Ref. H38416560 will be its 20mm brown leather with matching stitches and a signed tang buckle.
|Super-LumiNova glowing pleasantly in the dark
Overall, the Intra-Matic Chronograph Green Ref. H38416560 fits as a fantastic reissue to its predecessor. Panda dials have also become a hot-ticket item in the vintage watch world, and this latest release is spot on with the neo-vintage theme. It appeals to any level of watch collectors who are out there after a modern upgrade to a vintage chronograph, and this is certainly a good bet.