Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono, one of the first models that come to mind when it comes to Re-Issue Chronograph watches, redefines the price/performance standards.
Heritage and Re-Issue trends, which are the reinterpretation of old models with modern technology and norms, have already become indispensable in the world of watches. These models, which are among the major product groups for many brands that continue their activities in different segments, make watch lovers smile thanks to their retro designs combined with up to date production techniques.
Today’s Re-Issue guest of our Hands-On corner is Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono. For the model presented to watch enthusiasts at the 2018 Baselworld fair, it is possible to say the standard production of the Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 Chrono model, which was introduced a year before and was limited to only 1968 units.
The stylish model comes in a stainless steel case measuring 40mm in diameter and 14.6mm in height. The elegant case includes details such as thin lugs, piston-style chronograph pushers, and a curved sapphire crystal, which are indispensable elements of vintage-themed models. The case, which is resistant to 100 meters/10 bar water pressure, is accompanied by a recessed date adjustment button positioned at 10, a large winding crown with the Hamilton logo, and a solid stainless steel case back.
The dial, which features a Bi-Compax (two sub-dials) chronograph layout, chosen per the vintage theme, is designed in the Panda form, one of the cult details of the inspired era. Let us remind you that this dial finish, which is based on the application of dark, contrast sub-dials on a light (mostly white) background, has a special place especially among vintage watch enthusiasts.
On the outside of the dial is an inner tachymeter scale, which makes the contrast theme even more prominent while boosting the legibility. The date window is located at 6 o'clock position on the dial, where polished baton-style hands and hour markers are used. The use of the brand's classic logo in the dial design, which takes its legibility to the next level with printed numbers and hands in white on the black sub-dials, also contributes to the integrity of the Vintage theme.
The model beats with the Caliber Hamilton H-31 automatic movement. Based on Valjoux 7753, one of the watchmaking industry's veteran movements, H-31, equipped with Bi-Compax chronograph and date features, beats at a frequency of 4Hz (28.800vph) and offers a power reserve of 60 hours when fully wound.
Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono comes with a black calfskin strap that completes the Panda theme. On the end of the strap, there is a pin buckle with the Hamilton logo. The model, which is among the most successful alternatives in its segment with a price of ₺14,830.00, is an option that should be on the shopping list of Vintage-themed chronograph enthusiasts.