The Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph, with its mid-century looks and automatic movement, was already one of the most-tempting watches on the market around the $2,000 mark. But now that the Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H has been released with a brand new manual-wind movement that’s exclusive to the watch, the debate is pretty much over.
Ticking away inside the Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H is the new H-51 caliber, which was developed specifically for the watch by fellow Swatch Group member ETA. The movement boasts an extended 60-hour power reserve, an especially handy feature for a hand-wound watch that allows you to go a day or two without winding if needed. As for the rest of the watch, it maintains the same great looks as the Intra-Matic you know and love with some subtle tweaks. The sapphire crystal has been updated to a vintage-style dome, the lume is now done in Super-LumiNova old radium for a patinaed look, and the tachymeter has been shrunken and color-coded to match the dial. Two color variants, a panda and a reverse panda, are each available on either a black leather strap for $2,045 or on a stainless steel mesh bracelet for $2,095.
Hamilton brings back a hand-wound chronograph movement in its product line with the specially developed H-51 Calibre powering the new Intra-Matic Chronograph H.
Part of the Hamilton American Classic line, the new watch is inspired directly by Hamilton’s Chronograph A and B of 1968 and is presented in two dial variations: panda (black counters on white background) and reverse panda (white counters on black background).Thanks to the lack of a winding rotor, the movement is pretty slim and so is also the 40 mm case in polished stainless steel.The dial is protected by a box-shaped sapphire crystal that contributes to emphasise the vintage look of the timepiece. To preserve the purity of the dial, there is no date aperture. Super-LumiNova coating is used to improve legibility of hands and indices in poor light conditions.Beating at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, the Hamilton H-51 Calibre is based on the ETA-7753 architecture and offers 60 hours of power reserve.
The watch can be matched to either a black leather strap or a mesh stainless steel bracelet.
The Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H has a price of Euro CHF 1,995 with leather strap (panda ref. H38429710, reverse panda ref. H38429730) or CHF 2,075 with metal bracelet ((panda ref. H38429110, reverse panda ref. H38429130).