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Hands-On With The Hand-Wound Hamilton Chronograph H

by Blake Buettner

Hamilton stunned many people this 12 months by releasing a hand crank, dateless model of their good-looking Intra-Matic Chronograph referred to as the Chronograph H. The watch was a right away hat tip to the lovers who pine for this kind of factor, and had all of us questioning simply how good it might be within the flesh. As a lot as we love the automated, it’s received a bit extra presence on the wrist than we’d favor at 14.6mm thick, giving them the proper alternative to make a thinner hand wound mannequin. So, does the brand new Chronograph H ship? Properly, sorta.

In case you’ve ever entertained the thought of proudly owning an Intra-Matic Chronograph you’re seemingly conscious of Hamilton’s historic Chronograph A and B fashions. The design of the fashionable Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph is sourced from these two watches, and that’s an excellent factor as they’re sharp watches that rise up nicely as we speak. The hand-wound Chronograph A, geared up with a Valjoux 7730 based mostly motion, is what set the precedent for the watch we see right here within the Chronograph H.

The unique Hamilton Chronograph A


Fingers-On With The Hand-Wound Hamilton Chronograph H


Stainless Metal




White or Black






Leather-based or Metal Mesh

Water Resistance

10 Bar





Lug Width





2 Years



Just like the supply watches, there are a number of refined however necessary visible cues that separate the Chronograph H from the Automated. Probably the most notable of which is the tachymeter scale on the dial’s edge is now the identical coloration because the dial itself. This alternative creates a really completely different vibe that you simply get from the Automated, which makes use of this space to create one other level of distinction by coloration matching to the sub-dials. The monotone look makes the dial really feel a little bit larger, and after a while with the watch it’s a element I’d have appreciated to see retained from the Automated. 

One other visible change to the dial can also be a complication that’s now absent, and that’s the date aperture at 6 o’clock. Typically the supply of many an lovers ire, the date window has been left off right here in favor of a clear, completely symmetrical dial. The position of the date window on the Automated was one of many higher ones, and retained the symmetry of the dial. I wouldn’t have lamented its presence on the hand winder however its elimination retains the watch nearer to its predecessor, the Chronograph A. As an alternative, the 6 o’clock hour will get its full utilized index and the phrase ‘Mechanical’ seems alone above it. 

As of now, the Chronograph H is obtainable with two dial colours, a fume gray and the creamy off-white state of affairs you see pictured right here. The basic ‘panda’ and ‘reverse-panda’ colorways really feel proper at residence right here, and we’d like to see further colours added to this vary as we’ve seen with the Automated mannequin (inexperienced, anybody?).

Total the dial of the Chronograph is simple to learn and appears nice, although I think some will probably be dissatisfied in regards to the tachymeter scale being dial coloured right here. It’s a kind of small adjustments that makes an enormous distinction within the look of the watch, for higher or worse relying on which aspect you fall. The pencil fingers and yellowed lume dots are efficient, and don’t draw consideration away from the design of the dial. 

So it has misplaced its date complication and its oscillating weight, absolutely we’ll see an enormous distinction on wrist because of this. Proper? Not so quick on that one. Regardless of the adjustments, Hamilton lists the Chronograph H as measuring 14.35mm in thickness, down 1 / 4 of a millimeter from the Automated mannequin, which is 14.60mm. Nonetheless, in keeping with our digital calipers, the Chronograph H really measures… 14.60mm in thickness. That mentioned, the Chronograph H does put on otherwise on the wrist, as a result of the thickness has been shifted from the case, to the crystal. The Automated has a noticeably deeper caseback, together with a flatter crystal, whereas the H will get a a lot flatter caseback and a field sapphire crystal that accounts for a superb chunk of the full thickness. Which means the precise case of the H is certainly thinner than that of the Auto, and does put on a bit flatter on the wrist.

The metal case, which remains to be totally polished, measures 40mm in diameter with a lug to lug measurement of 49mm. The H remains to be completely wearable, if nonetheless a bit thick, however it does beg the query, why make this watch in any respect? In case you’re utilizing a hand-wound motion, however retain the massive downside of utilizing an computerized, what’s the purpose? There’s something to be mentioned in protection of getting a hand-wound motion, and I’m all for the expertise of winding/setting the watch, however there may be some frustration that they went to the difficulty of getting a modified motion made within the H51 to ditching the automated winding system and the date, solely to fall quick on this one space. I’d have inspired them to take it a step additional and go all the way in which after they had been so near greatness.

I really like the idea of this watch, and I applaud Hamilton for making it. A slimmer case with a number of brushed surfaces would have pushed this one excessive in my opinion, however there’s nonetheless rather a lot to like right here. The Chrono H options a stupendous dial, has a rock stable heritage, and will be had for about $2,000. There are thinner chronographs on the market for a similar value, however there’s something distinctive in regards to the strategy Hamilton has taken right here, and the historic designs they’ve dropped at life really feel very a lot at residence as we speak. 

It’s straightforward to get caught up within the little particulars and measurements, however on the finish of the day this isn’t a watch in regards to the numbers. It is a fashionable interpretation of a watch made for a short time within the late ‘60s and it says rather a lot about what Hamilton is listening to. By any rational account it is a watch that shouldn’t exist, with options aimed toward a reasonably small a part of the market. I hope Hamilton continues down this path and may handle to hone their heritage merchandise to a better diploma for future releases, and till then, the Chronograph H is a step in the correct course. 

The Hamilton Chronograph H is obtainable on black leather-based strap for $2,045, or a metal mesh bracelet for $2,095. Hamilton.

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