Hamilton VENTURA XXL BRIGHT

The year was 1957. Elvis was shaking up the airwaves waves, and the USSR was first out the gate in the Space Race, launching Sputnik 1 into low Earth orbit. Back on terra firma, Hamilton was making waves of its own, as the brand launched the first electric wristwatch, the Hamilton Ventura. With its bold and futuristic looks and powered by an electric circuit, the Ventura was truly revolutionary. With the new Hamilton Ventura XXL Bright , Hamilton revisits this now-classic model with an all-new fiery look. The original Hamilton Ventura was designed by Richard Arbib, an industrial designer best known for his automotive designs during the golden age of American automobiles. Responsible for iconic automotive designs like the AMC Hudson Hornet, Arbib was a futuristic designer with an eye for the avant-garde. It only made sense for Hamilton to tap Arbib to create a futuristic design for a futuristic watch. More than a decade before quartz wristwatches would upend the entire watch industry, Hamilton and others were working feverishly to bring a battery-powered watch to market — one that would retain a traditional balance wheel but be driven electromagnetically by a solenoid powered by a battery small enough to fit within a wristwatch. The Ventura wasn’t so much ahead of its time, as it was a product of its time. In an era of ebullient optimism, the Ventura captured the spirit of an age when innovation was pouring forth at an exponential rate — when today’s dreams were tomorrow’s reality. Though the Ventura’s movement (the 500, later replaced by the 505) was groundbreaking, it was the wild case and dial design that inspired Elvis Presley to purchase one for himself, famously wearing it on screen in 1961’s Blue Hawaii. The Ventura became something of a Hollywood staple, appearing throughout the 1960s in the Twilight Zone and, later, as an essential part of the minimalist wardrobe of the Men in Black. Hamilton offers the Ventura in a wide range of colors, sizes, movements, and complications, but each stays true to Arbib’s original design brief. With the new Hamilton Ventura XXL Bright , Hamilton took inspiration from the vibrant colors and energy of a city at night. The Ventura XXL Bright is housed in an oversized (47.6mm), PVD black-coated case with that instantly recognizable triangular shape and art deco lugs. While the dial appears as a monochrome black with grey accents, everything changes when you push the small button at 9 o’clock. With one small push, the custom quartz movement provides an electric pulse, allowing the dial to come alive, illuminating it in a vibrant red like neon city signs at night. That said, the hands and markers still receive ample Super-LumiNova, allowing you to quickly read the time through the sapphire crystal without illuminating the dial.
The Hamilton Ventura is inexorably linked to its most famous wearer: Elvis Presley. And not, I may add, fat Elvis. The King wore his watch at the height of his cultural influence, in uniform. And that’s key . . .

By the time Elvis’ Hamilton Ventura broke cover, Army service had mainstreamed the singer. The Memphis Flash was no longer dangerous, no longer a lightning rod for racial animus. He’d become a social influencer, to use today’s terminology.
The Hamilton Ventura’s connection to Elvis is one of those famous-owner stories that never gets old. Ever since the King made it “his watch” in 1961, the avant-garde timepiece has been immortalized. Through the decades, the Ventura has spawned countless sizes, colors, executions, and movements. The latest iteration takes inspiration from a neon city at night as the energy and vibrancy come alive. The Hamilton Ventura XXL Bright features a dial that illuminates with red detailing and comes in a super-large size for the big-wristed or big-spirited among us.

Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto Chrono

The Hamilton Jazzmaster Automatic Chronograph watch family has a new member. Available in two dial colors, these watches are handsome additions to one of Hamilton’s core styles. Initially, there appears to be quite a bit of variation among the watches grouped together under the Jazzmaster label, but look closely and you can see that all of these models are bound together by a shared lug characteristic. It isn’t immediately obvious because there are loads of case diameters and dimensions within the Jazzmaster family, with several thicker and thinner iterations of the lugs, but without fail, they all feature a distinctive “notching,” which takes the form of a shoulder where the lug “joins” the case.
Hamilton’s entire collection is broken up into seven families. The Khaki series (of which there are three) deals with tool watches, in either a military or hyper-utilitarian style. The other four families are classically styled watches imbued with American Spirit. Names like Broadway, American Classic, and Ventura — the other dress collections that sit alongside the Jazzmaster range — conjure images of early 20th century Americana. The Broadway and Ventura collections are far smaller than the other two, while the massive American Classic family doesn’t have anywhere near the identifiable consistency of the Jazzmaster range.
So what does this mean for the customer? Well, the Jazzmaster family is large, with many incrementally different models simply because it is a very digestible base design that could look at home on a number of wrists. What Hamilton has here is a Swiss-made watch that feeds off a bygone era of American cultural evolution, using classical forms with a twist of character in the lug setup.
While multiple case finishes are available throughout the Jazzmaster range, these new chronographs both come in uncoated stainless steel. A variety of external surface finishes add a luxury flourish, while the 42mm housing and 100 meters of water resistance give the watches a reassuringly robust character. Powered by an H-21 automatic chronograph movement, the Hamilton Jazzmaster Automatic Chronographs boast a 60-hour power reserve and a date function (at 4 o’clock). This movement is effectively a juiced-up ETA 7750, which Hamilton explains has been expertly engineered to raise the base power reserve of 48 hours to a comfortable 60. That’s a pretty startling 25% hike and a great selling point. While not strictly in-house (the movement is manufactured by fellow Swatch Group company ETA), the H-21 automatic chronograph movement is made under a roof owned by the same conglomerate as Hamilton.
There are two dial options available in this new Hamilton Jazzmaster release, either a white option or a blue. The blue dial employs a nickel handset for a sharp, professional look, while the white dial is married with contrasting rose gold hands that add a flourish of luxury to an otherwise clean and basic dial layout. Both handsets are finished with thin lines of Super-LumiNova so they can be easily seen in low-light conditions.

Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Special Edition

Our friends over at Gear Patrol and Hamilton have partnered on a new special edition dive watch that we wanted to share with you. It’s the Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto Gear Patrol Special Edition, and it’s currently available exclusively over at the Gear Patrol Store.

The watch itself is part of the already existing Khaki Navy Scuba lineup, but it comes in a black-and-orange colorway that is exclusive to Gear Patrol. All the tell-tale signs of a quality mechanical dive watch are there. The Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto Gear Patrol Special Edition is a robust tool watch with 100 meters of water resistance and a unidirectionally rotating bezel. Two large crown protectors on either side of the screw down crown hold it in place and prevent inadvertent meddling with the crown when the watch is submerged in water. The watch also comes with both a stainless steel bracelet and a NATO-strap, which means that you’re all set when summer comes around. The watch comes in a presentation box with a strap-changing tool too.
This is a good-looking dive watch from a very well-known watchmaker, and it has an exclusive design that ties it back to a popular media brand that has long been an important voice in the online lifestyle game. The watch’s 40mm case size, and the fact that it comes with one of the Swatch Group’s souped up ETA-based movements with extra power reserve – the H-10 – make it a solid choice for those new to Hamilton mechanical watches and readers interested in a really nice value proposition (and who isn’t interested in that?). I see nods to vintage dive-watch design, but also elements of modern sports watch design.

It will come as little surprise to those familiar with Hamilton that Gear Patrol’s Hamilton collab comes at an attractive price point that sits well below the thousand-dollar mark. It’s good, value-oriented watchmaking, plain and simple. While this watch is not a limited edition, it is being released in small batches and the first 50 watches drop today.

Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind GMT Chrono Quartz

“X-Wind” means crosswind and refers to a special function of the Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Day Date pilots’ watch. We accompanied an Air Zermatt helicopter pilot on flights around the Matterhorn and tested the watch to see how it performs in action. (Original photos by Marcus Krüger, story from WatchTime Archives.) The Khaki X-Wind helps a pilot calculate how to compensate for crosswind.
Shortly after sunrise, we glide in our helicopter close to rocky ridges, snow-covered peaks and mighty glaciers. Above these towers the Matterhorn, a pyramid of white dusted rock. Our pilot points to a plateau at an altitude above 9,000 feet. As our helicopter approaches, small plates of crust break free from the hardened snowpack and whirl away along with loose snow. We land. Our pilot brings a few skiers and their mountain guide to the starting point of a free-ride tour. The skiers make wide sweeps through pristine snow and ski down toward Zermatt, Switzerland.

A glance at the Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Day Date, our test watch, tells us that the time is 9:20 a.m. The watch’s blue dial with a sunburst pattern goes well with the slightly bluish-white color of the glacial mountains that surround us. The Hamilton X-Wind is clearly recognizable as a pilots’ watch thanks to its clear numerals, distinctive hands and sturdy rivets on the brown leather strap. The tip of the seconds hand highlights Hamilton’s signature orange color. The Air Zermatt pilots’ Hamilton helmets are the same orange color. Automatic Caliber H-30 is based on the ETA 2836, but has a convenient 80-hour power reserve. The scale enables the user to estimate the crosswind component.
The watch brand and the helicopter company have been partners since 2011. This is not just about boosting the brand’s visibility in the popular holiday resort of Zermatt, but above all to provide top-quality equipment to Air Zermatt’s professional pilots. They have been involved in the selection of the functions and design of various Hamilton models so that these watches will be easy to use aboard helicopters. In return, Hamilton provides financial support to Air Zermatt for costly airborne rescues in this region. The helicopter company must finance its lifesaving missions with income earned from commercial flights. Hamilton took part in setting up an air rescue service in Nepal, which Air Zermatt initiated and largely carried out. The team of Air Zermatt consists of highly experienced helicopter pilots and alpine rescuers.
A Fascinating Mountain World
We climb back into our helicopter and fly toward Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. In contrast to the Matterhorn’s distinctive pyramid, the dome-shaped glacial summit of Mont Blanc looks almost inconspicuous. It’s an unforgettable experience to float through this fascinating mountain world with its rugged rock faces, crevassed glaciers and glittering snowy slopes.

For every flight, a helicopter pilot must take into consideration the wind’s direction and strength. Although the winds fluctuate much more strongly here in the high mountains than in the lowlands, it is still important to compensate for crosswinds by steering according to a lead angle, which ensures that the helicopter reaches its intended destination. The helicopter flight around the Matterhorn, one of the highest peaks in the Alps, is absolutely spectacular.
This is where the Hamilton watch comes into play. Its name “X-Wind” is derived from the word, “crosswind,” which causes airplanes and helicopters to drift off course and requires pilots to take countermeasures. The lead angle can be calculated using the watch’s rotatable scales and an estimate of the crosswind using the diagram on the rotor. To do this, you have to know the wind direction and speed, and the speed of the aircraft and desired course. The pilot then adjusts the two scales using the crowns at 2 and 4 as well as rotating the bezel. In practice, this calculation is done before the flight begins and is usually performed with the aid of a computer. But the watch can definitely serve as an emergency backup if you practice the calculation beforehand.

Rescue Operation
Back at the heliport, the helicopters buzz in and out like bees at a hive. Air Zermatt operates a total of 10 planes from its three stations. Most of them pause only briefly at the heliport to refuel while their rotors are still running and to pick up new skiers or passengers for sightseeing flights. A specially equipped rescue helicopter is also standing by. And now an emergency call comes in: a skier has fallen into a crevasse. The helicopter is quickly but calmly loaded with all the necessary equipment. Every move is perfectly rehearsed and performed; the work is carried out professionally and by routine. The helicopter takes the mountain rescuers to the scene of the accident in just a few minutes and takes the skier’s family, who witnessed the accident, to the heliport. An emergency medical professional is getting ready. The blue dial with sunburst pattern goes well with the slightly bluish-white color of the glaciers in the mountains.
In this case, the injured person does not respond to the team’s calls. Using a winch attached to a tripod, a rescuer descends into the narrow crevasse and begins to search for the injured man. The rescuer soon discovers him and finds that he is conscious and able to speak. The other members of the team now use the winch to raise the injured skier out of the crevasse. The on-call medical professional looks after him and accompanies him on the flight back to the heliport and then to the hospital. Thanks to the quick rescue, the man survived and is expected to recover. Everyone is relieved — because not all glacial falls have a happy ending.

The rescue helicopter will be called out again today to assist a skier who has had a heart attack. Since it was founded in 1968, Air Zermatt’s helicopters have flown more than 50,000 rescue flights. Fully equipped rescue helicopters, emergency doctors and paramedics are on call and standing by to assist in emergency situations. Air Zermatt also uses winches to rescue mountaineers who have fallen or gotten stranded on cliffs or steep rock faces. Air Zermatt has flown more than 50,000 rescue flights since its founding in 1968.
In the winter, falls are the main cause of injuries on many ski slopes. Time always plays an important role in these rescue operations because the injured skiers can only survive if they are rescued quickly enough.

In Any Weather
Rescue flights are not only flown in sunny weather but also in the rain at night, so it’s good that the 45-mm X-Wind Day Date has distinctive hands and dials, high contrast, and lots of luminous material so it can be read quickly under all lighting conditions. And as numerous older models on the wrists of Air Zermatt pilots prove, these X-Winds can also withstand the tough everyday life of helicopter flight operations. The handsome brown leather strap with double pin buckle is a good match for this pilots’ watch.
When we take a closer look at the X-Wind, we see that in addition to the good workmanship with numerous appealing details, calibrated scales and crowns, this pilots’ watch also has a transparent back through which you can view automatic Caliber H-30. In this model, the movement is undecorated except for the diagram engraved on the rotor. Other Swatch Group sister brands, such as Tissot’s Powermatic 80, use ETA’s Caliber 2836, which has a convenient 80-hour power reserve. The Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Day Date is priced at $1,095.

Our final helicopter flight lifts off. Its destination: Geneva Airport. One last time, we glide past rocky pinnacles, over ice-encrusted ridges and beside gigantic snow-covered mountains. We ask our pilot whether he ever grows accustomed to this beautiful natural spectacle and whether at some point the view seems mundane and nothing special. “No,” he says. He enjoys it every minute and every year.

Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Auto 46

There are times in life when a standard amount of French fries just won’t do. Or a measly two pairs of socks. Why should you settle? Go big. You, my friend, require a silo of deep-fried starch sticks with extra ketchup. Likewise, a 24-pack bale of tube socks is the minimum quantity to meet your current footwear needs. You know yourself better than anyone, and sometimes in life you just gotta say, “Screw it, supersize me”. Let others compromise.

Well, Hamilton has heard you. If you read the watch press on a regular basis, you’d be forgiven for thinking that every new watch release has a case under 39mm, and that vintage sizes are all anybody’s wearing these days. And you’d be wrong. Facts are facts, and along with opting for a watch with a date window, most buyers just flat-out prefer a larger case size. And by “most buyers”, I mean the overwhelming majority of customers, i.e, not watch nerds like me. Not for nothing, but a true tool watch is often necessarily bigger, especially when it comes to massively depth-rated divers. Welcome to the Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Automatic 46mm, the biggest, baddest, most capable stainless-steel dive watch in Hamilton’s current stable. And while it’s a spiritual evolution from Hamilton’s original WWII-era Frogman issued by the US Navy, the two couldn’t be further apart.
If you have any doubts about the real-world capabilities of the new Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Automatic 46mm , you need look no further than world champion freediver Pierre Frolla, a longtime Hamilton ambassador who tests the brand’s timepieces to the limit in the unforgiving depths of the sea. This is a man who dives to unfathomable (sorry) depths without the use of SCUBA tanks, so you can assume he knows of which he speaks. The Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Automatic 46mm ’s larger size is perfect for wearing over a wetsuit, and its bedrock-solid build quality and excellent legibility make it a no-brainer choice for most any adventure. A choice of finishes is always welcome, and I find myself leaning toward the stainless/khaki green for practicality, but the covert ops-ready black wins for undercover cool. If you prefer a bigger timepiece, the new Frogman delivers a lot to like, and a good bit of value too, at around $1200 USD for such a truly compelling option.
The Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Automatic 46mm is available now

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pioneer Mechanical Chrono

Since the beginning of recorded time, man has sought to escape the bounds of earth’s pull for the freedom of the skies above. From the dawn of the 20th century, when man first affixed wings to engine for that brief-yet-monumental flight on the beach in Kitty Hawk, it seemed there was nothing left holding us back. Certainly, there were stumbles along the path of progress, but the route was clear: upward. And the name Hamilton was there from nearly the beginning. The very early days of flight saw pilots affixing pocket watches to straps worn on the outside of their heavy leather coats. In 1918, a Hamilton aeronautical watch was worn when the first US Airmail service began between New York and Washington,D.C., and the brand has been a part of aviation lore ever since. A Hamilton was the first watch flown over the North Pole in 1926, and by the ‘30s, Hamilton was the official timekeeper for America’s four major airlines. Hamilton watches were renowned for their accuracy, a claim to fame since their days as a leading maker of railroad pocket watches, and pilots relied on them when making critical navigational calculations. Many of the world’s armed forces selected Hamilton to supply them, including Britain’s Royal Air Force, and now Hamilton has released a faithful-yet-contemporary chronograph inspired by an RAF-issue watch from the 1970s, the new Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Chronograph.
I’ve always loved vintage pilot’s chronos, and the Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Chronograph nails the look and feel, without the anxiety of wearing a fragile vintage original beyond the confines of your home office. Although marginally larger than its inspiration, it’s perfectly reasonable for a tool watch, and should fit a fairly wide range of wrists. With its combination of good looks, utility, and value compared to some other Swiss chronographs, Hamilton appears to have a winner on its hands. Or rather, wrists.
American-Swiss watchmaker Hamilton is now celebrating the 1970s British Royal Air Force with its latest Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Chrono. With a design based on the very timepiece issued to members of the RAF decades prior, Hamilton’s latest aviation model offers a vintage-inspired look, pairing a 40mm brushed stainless steel case with a classic black dial adorned with faux patina indexes, hands, and subdials by 3 and 9 o’clock.

Two pushers on either side of the crown allow for easy access to the chronograph function, which itself is powered by the watchmaker’s exclusive H-51-Si mechanical hand-wound movement with a power reserve of 60 hours. Completing the watch is a sturdy domed sapphire crystal, a vegetable-tanned brown calf leather strap and a water resistance of 100m.

Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto

It takes some time to get a design right. While the first Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium was an exciting new direction for the Khaki, some facets missed the mark. The Titanium engraving on the side of the case irked plenty of would-be buyers. The faux-aged lume was contentious. There was no arguing with the H-10 inside, however. An 80-hour power reserve is best-in-class for a watch at this price point ($995).

And now, after a couple of years, the Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium has finally found its footing – it’s the best it’s ever been. It comes in 42mm, but the 38mm version will certainly be the darling among enthusiasts. The H-10 remains, and so does the option between brushed titanium and PVD-coated titanium. There’s no more “Titanium” engraved on the side, and the lume is now a neutral tone. And the best part for 2022? The selection of new dial colors. Here’s the breakdown.

The 42mm version of the watch comes in brushed titanium with either a “khaki” or blue dial. Hamilton’s version of khaki is green, not tan. The 38mm version includes three variants. In brushed titanium there’s a green dial and a black dial, and in PVD’d titanium there’s a grey dial with a lunar-like texture.

Once American, Hamilton is now part of the Swatch group. That’s a good thing. The brand can leverage all of the group’s expertise and know-how. Since the Khaki was originally designed to fall within Army Ordnance Department specifications in the ’40s, and later “GG-W-113” and “MIL-W-3818B” specifications in the ’60s and beyond, the design of the watch – which remains mostly unchanged – is still very American. It has a rugged quality to it, a sort of bootstrappin’, git-r-done way about it. It’s simple, easy to read, and requires zero gimmicks to command respect.

The way Hamilton has pushed the design in this recent release is just playful enough while still exercising plenty of restraint. The muted color tones and matte finishes respect tradition, while the khaki (that’s sage green to the rest of us) and lunar dial are fresh. It demonstrates that the design can indeed evolve. For too many horological designs that’ve been in production for decades, sometimes it feels like there’s simply nowhere left to go.

The predictable move would’ve been to slap a standard green dial in the Khaki and call it a day, like many other manufacturers. Instead, we got a thoughtful green dial that’s very much in line with the original ethos of the watch, not to mention a cement-like grey dial that’s both novel and reserved. It’s reminiscent of the natural world, and outside is where the new Khaki Field Titanium belongs.

A common criticism about the Khaki Field Mechanical is the lug-to-lug width relative to the 38mm case size. The watch has particularly long lugs, and for smaller wrists, they can dig in and make the watch wear uncomfortably. With the new titanium models, Hamilton has reshaped the lugs to get rid of the harsh 90-degree angle that can dig into wrists. Instead the lugs are beveled now, and in conjunction with the titanium case, the watch disappears on the wrist. Unfortunately, the lugs are not drilled through like they are on the Khaki Field Mechanical, so strap changes aren’t quite as easy, and you’ll likely want to ditch the leather strap that it comes with for an easy-wearing NATO.

The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium , in either mechanical or automatic, is often cited as the ideal field watch. It’s usually the first one that’s recommended to anyone in the market, and it’s certainly earned that position. The new dial colors and case finishes represent even more choice, and it still comes in at under $1,000. There’s nothing wrong with having options.

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Auto

Throughout the haze of confusion that was Spring 2020, there were watch announcements aplenty. Yet many were buried by more pressing news items. The new Khaki Aviation Converter collection by Hamilton was unfortunately not given much exposure at the time of the unveiling. So, let us change that and provide this tactical Hamilton with a second chance. To its credit, Hamilton was precisely on time with its release schedule — just like the Swiss railway network. But, as with any battle, the first casualty is the plan.

Now we are on the road to recovery, we can provide some breathing space for this collection of practical tool watches with a cracking design. The “Converter” part of the name refers to the slide rule bezel that turns bi-directionally. I am a terrible mathematician, so I will not even entertain the idea of explaining how to operate the bezel. But as an overview, aligning the known measures on the bezel will assist in calculating fuel consumption, speed, or distance.
For those with their feet on the ground, rather than head in the clouds, the slide rule bezel also has everyday usage. You can use it to calculate tips and convert units of measurement. But, of course, it is rare for wearers of the watches with slide rule bezels to use them as intended. That does not stop the look of the bezel from being a refreshing throwback to the early days of aviation, especially for the pilots that yearn for the golden age of travel. There is an obvious comparison you can make to the Navitimer. But interestingly, that is not the first association I made — my mind drifted towards the Heuer Autavia.
Specifically, the Autavia released last year that focussed attention on the Avia(tion) side of the name. The knurling on the crown of these Hamiltons has a similar central groove. This is beneficial for grip and also resembles the landing gear on an aircraft. On the circumference of the bezel, we find the same repeating motif applied to ensure a maximum grip.

The glass is sapphire over the dial but mineral over the bezel. While it may not be sapphire over the rotating bezel, a coating brings the mineral crystal’s hardness and scratch-resistance up to a level that is comparable to sapphire. These features are seen across the range, but each model has other, subtle differences. Let’s check those out.
Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Auto
Firstly, the three-hander version has the date at 3 o’clock and broad sword hands with needle tips. Each marker has a corresponding numeral in line and towards the central section of the dial. You may recognize this style from the Khaki Field collection. The 42mm Auto is the smallest of the range but in no way less impactful. Powering the Auto is the H-10 movement. There has been discussion in recent times of the origins of the H-10 – it certainly is not a straightforward journey. The H-10 shares its base architecture with the ETA 2824 Caliber — possibly the hardest working horse in the stable at this point. From there, the movement receives a frequency modification resulting in a power reserve boost to a healthy 80-hours and becomes the C07.111. Before inserting the movement into the case, Hamilton adds its repeating H pattern to the base plate and logo to the rotor. Once final checks are done, Hamilton christens the caliber the H-10. Luckily you can see these embellishments via the sapphire display case-back on the Khaki Aviation Auto.
Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter GMT Auto
Next up is the GMT. This one is my favorite of the bunch. That might have something to do with the sunburst blue dial and red accents, for which I am a sucker. The date window shifts to the 6 o’clock position. This improved symmetry makes the layout more pleasing to my eye. I also prefer the 24-hour scale on the outside of the indices, rather than the inner section seen in the Auto model.As much as I like the look of the Khaki Field watch, the additional 12-hour scale on the 42mm Auto crowds the dial somewhat. To me, it appears a bit number-heavy — a bit like the computer screens in The Matrix. The GMT may bunch the 24-hour scale closer to slide rule bezel, but I still find it results in a cleaner dial with precise indications. The case of the Khaki Aviation Converter GMT is slightly larger than the Auto at 44mm. This diameter size is on the upper limit for many but not so much that it overburdens the wrist.
Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Chronograph Auto
Finally, we have the Chronograph. This is where I can see the most definite affinity to classic pilot’s watches. But that’s not to say these references lack a little modern decoration. Within the 12-hour and 30-minute totalizers is a smoky-grey gradient. Having the running seconds sub-dial with a plain black finish helps differentiate the functions too. When tracking elapsed time, you keep an eye on the central red-tipped chronograph seconds and smoky dials to eliminate confusion.
If you assumed the powerhouse behind the 6, 9, 12 and day-date is the Valjoux 7750, then pat yourself on the back. Likewise, with the H-10 movement in the Auto, Hamilton add their finishing touches to the 7750 to create the H-21 Si. Amongst the upgrades is a bump in power reserve from 42 to 60 hours and the silicon balance spring.

Hamilton Janie Bryant

Costume designer Hamilton Janie Bryant, whose credits include Mad Men, Deadwood and Why Women Kill, has teamed up with watch brand Hamilton to reimagine its signature timepieces.

“In film, we use fashion to establish a narrative’s setting and a character’s personality, all before the dialogue even begins,” Bryant said in a statement. “This capsule brings that dynamic expression off-screen with timepieces that reimagine the relationship between past, present and future.”

Inspired by Hollywood glamor, the Intra-Matic Automatic Chronograph, Ardmore Quartz and Lady Hamilton Vintage Quartz arrive in “Today” and “Tomorrow” versions. The former boasts soft textures and vibrant shades of pink, purple and white accented with diamonds, light yellow gold PVD and powdery rose leather material. The designs are completed with subtle elements like rounded shapes and muted tones. Meanwhile, the “Tomorrow” line takes the bolder route with its metallic leather straps, smooth textures and cool tones. Providing balance are the straight lines and neutral color palette of gold, silver and black.

Take a closer look at the different iterations above. The Janie Bryant x Hamilton capsule is now available to shop online.
Hamilton and costume designer announce watch capsule. Travel through time hollywood-style with alluring timepieces for today and tomorrow.
Janie expresses the immediate evolution of our chosen capsule watches with subtle colors, soft textures and warm tones. Diamond accents, light yellow gold PVD and a powdery rose leather give today’s timepieces a dash of Hollywood glamour.
If Bryant’s interpretation of present-day is understated poise, tomorrow shines bold and bright. Metallic leather straps, smooth textures and cold tones bring our historical designs seamlessly into the future.
“I really love that costume design is about creating different time periods but it also appeals to modern audiences. We get to see all of our work on a set and know – that piece of film or TV show will last forever.”
Janie Bryant is an Emmy

 Award winning costume designer well known for her work on AMC TV’s “Mad Men”, and HBO’s “Deadwood.”

She most recently designed two seasons of “Why Women Kill,” a comedic drama set in various decades, and is currently the costume designer of “Y: 1883,” the highly anticipated prequel to Paramount’s “Yellowstone.” Acclaimed for her ability to bring the past to life on-screen, Janie’s costume design creates characters that are both authentic and relatable. A recipient of Hamilton’s Behind the Camera Awards, Janie’s latest off-screen collaboration reimagines iconic timepieces for today and tomorrow.

Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart

Who Doesn’t Love an Open Heart Button?
Three unique Open Heart Jazzmasters are designed to allow speaking open movements. Without any complexities, including the open heart-shaped dial, Open Heart is an elegant and understated watch. It is well made and uses the H-10 mechanical movement. Recommended.

About Hamilton
Hamilton was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892. Now headquartered in Switzerland, Hamilton is highly respected in the watchmaking industry for making reliable and stylish watches. Hamilton watches tend to be priced in the $750- $2,000 range.
I own several Hamiltons and have generally had good experience with their watches. Hamilton watches impress with the finest materials, combined with the latest in watchmaking expertise. Design and technology are at the core of the spirit of the times. A true statement under trending accessories, such as musical harmony, the Hamilton Jazzmaster series contains excellent variations on a theme that combines innovation and modernity. Its classic elegance makes it very attractive to watch connoisseurs.
The Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart Automatic H32565735 Men’s Watch is a tribute to the brand, this automatic watch from Hamilton invites you to dive into the heart of its mechanism thanks to its harmoniously cut dials and skillfully decorated movement. Love from the watch enthusiasts who created it. The Jazzmaster Open Heart design turns timekeeping into something that is tempting for those interested in knowing how a watch works. A glance at the watch face reveals parts of the Swiss automatic in action – but not all of them. Some things can be left unchecked, especially if wrapped in luxurious quality materials and fine design details.

This men’s Hamilton Automatic watch features a Stainless Steel Case and a Black Open Heart Dial with a partially open mechanism, mounted behind a Scratch-Resistant Sapphire Crystal. The watch was tied with a black leather strap. As the name implies by offering Open Heart, the See through Case Back feature. It works on Automatic Movement with Caliber 2824-2. It also carries Luminous Hands and Markers with a Pull / Push Crown. The water resistance of the watch is 50MM. It is well secured to the wrist with a Buckle Clasp.

A luxury watch is not only useful for telling the time, it is also a great piece of jewelry. This stylish timepiece is a great way to commemorate any occasion. This beautiful timepiece is designed to last and will be loved for many years to come.
Managing Time
Since Jazzmaster Open Heart has no complications, it is very easy to manipulate. Time is set by using the crown.

How to Set Time:
Pull crown out to the furthest position (position 2). Turn the knob clockwise to set the time.

Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart Aesthetics & Design
At 40mm, the Open Heart looks small on my wrist. The Open Heart is also very thin, aside from the small case size. It tucks easily under the cuff and looks great in a casual company environment.

This Jazzmaster looks far from being exaggerated, considering the open-hearted look. At 12 and 7 o’clock, an open heart features two vividly colored diamonds, providing the only splash of color to the other monochromatic dial. The entire ensemble is low key.

I appreciate that Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart has chosen to keep the style sensible. Many open-hearted watches are over-styled, resulting in designs that are hard to really tell the time of. Nonetheless, I wish Hamilton gave some kind of texture to the dial – I find it interesting for my taste.
Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart To Build Quality
Fine watches are made by Hamilton, and another example is Open Heart. All of the Hamilton’s I’ve reviewed so far have had consistently good workmanship inside and out.

Crystals, Case And Calls
The case is made of stainless steel and feels comfortable. The weight is most likely ideal for most people, and gives the Jazzmaster a feeling of good quality. It doesn’t feel brittle. In that feeling, too, Sapphire crystals have a big role to play. It looks good and has an anti-reflective coating (despite what my photo shows).
Strap And Clasp
Fastened to the case is a flexible leather strap. The tan has alligator prints, but is a nice color. The right texture and shine is there, and the strap is incredibly soft and fluffy. Sometimes fake alligator straps are just printed with texture – and look terrible. This is not the case here. The straps are slightly tapered to enhance the appearance of the case.

Overall, it’s a pretty satisfying watch if its looks appeal to you. It has great quality to it and feels affordable considering the level of workmanship.

The black crocodile acorn skin strap is Hamilton’s standard unit. It sits snugly on the lugs. It feels good to wear when kept – even for long durations. I can comfortably wear it for hours.

Stainless steel buckles are also of good quality. Typical wear after several weeks of wear is seen.
More About Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart
MOVEMENT
The swiss-made H-10 mechanical movement features the Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart. These movements were extremely popular, powering millions of watches, and their durability and accuracy were highly regarded in the industry.

An automatic watch movement with 25 gems and a maximum daily variance of about 15 seconds is the H-10. (meaning the watch can increase or decrease in time by up to 15 seconds per day).

H-10 can safely be considered reliable.
MONEY VALUE
Open Heart tends to average around $945 on Gnomon Shop – depending on the version you choose – which is a pretty good price. The manufacturing quality and materials often reflect that price range. This Hamilton, with proper treatment, will look fantastic for a long time.

I’m going to place the Jazzmaster’s quality above any other open heart / frame watch you’ll find in the under $1,000 price range.

With respect to its counterparts, it is well priced and well made. I tend to recommend Hamilton watches to people for that very reason. Get one now in our store!

Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady Auto Blue
Just like beautiful bags and earrings, a watch is a valuable investment that will enhance a woman’s charming outfit. On the surface, a watch also has a deeper meaning than simply telling the time. Whether as a gift to commemorate unforgettable memories, a fashion statement, or even a sentimental heirloom to pass on to the next generation, every woman deserves a fine timepiece that expresses themselves well. Thus, Hamilton launched their latest Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady Auto Blue Ref. The H32215840 combines contemporary sophistication with exceptional Swiss watchmaking, perfect for the modern woman which I recommend for casual and semi-formal occasions.
Since 1982, Hamilton has developed itself as a brand synonymous with solid performance, outstanding build quality and exceptional value, delivering accurate and reliable watches. Even though the Hamilton are now based in Bienne, Switzerland, their American heritage still lives on in modern Hamilton timepieces, embracing the spirit of American pride with a rich heritage of horology. The Jazzmaster collection is a range of women’s designer watches that draws on Hamilton’s watchmaking experience to create pieces characterized by refined and modern designs. Are you into classical touch? I’d very much recommend you combine this watch with a leather strap.
Encased in a 316L stainless steel case, Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady Auto Blue Ref. The H32215840 features a unique case design with a mixture of subtle finishes that accentuates the sleek design. A satin brush finish is visible at the top of the curved lug while the bezel around the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, as well as the sides of the case, is polished to a high shine, gracefully capturing light at various angles. The 36mm smooth diameter is the right size for urban women, with a size that fits a woman’s wrist while showing the presence of a protruding wrist.

Paired with a gorgeous case, this gorgeous 18mm sandy beige ostrich leather strap completes the overall look of this piece with light and soft tones. A neat row of stitches is seen running down the rope on each side. The main attraction of this watch speaks a thousand words with its fantastic semi-frame ice blue dial. The dial exhibits an impressive pattern that radiates outward from the center, along with a sunburst effect that glitters with light; is definitely a dial that will not fail to impress. The various cuts on the dial reveal a glimpse of the intricate, meticulously finished mechanical parts that power the watch, enabling a delightful experience of seeing the time as balance, escape and barrel interact with each other. Above all, this design forms a sophisticated style that is simply phenomenal.

At the heart of the Jazzmaster is the Hamilton caliber H-10 mechanical movement, which is a modified gem 25 day / date movement. The main highlights of the movement include an improved 80-hour power reserve achieved by lowering the pulse rate of 4 Hz from 28,800 beats per hour to 3 Hz (21,600 beats per hour). A lowered pulse rate also means stronger movement due to the lower friction generated between sections over time. On the back of the watch, the movement can be seen through the see-through back case, which features a specially decorated rotor with an engraving of the Hamilton logo. The back of the case is screwed down to achieve 5 bar (50 meter) water resistance

As expected from Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady Auto Blue Ref. The H32215840 is a well executed Swiss-made timepiece that offers a lot like a gorgeous semi-frame dial and contemporary movement with an impressive 80 hour power reserve. Nowadays, watches for women no longer have to sit in the back seat due to the majority of men’s watches on the market. This new release will be one for the smartest woman, looking stunning on the wrist with timeless elegance. Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady Auto Blue is available on Gnomon Store.