It’s no secret that Hamilton pulls out some real gems when their product team dives into the brand's archives department for inspiration. From the dressy Intra-matic introduced at Baselworld 2012 to the Seventies-inspired Pan-Europ line a couple of years later, Hamilton’s vintage-inspired pieces are both stylish and affordable.
The American brand, which is part of the Swatch Group now, brings back an iconic chronograph this year at Basel, the Intra-Matic 68 which pays tribute to the classic chronographs that the brand produced during the Sixties and the Chronomatic which came a little later.
In 1968, Hamilton introduced the Chronograph B that would launch the famous "reverse panda" dial with its two white counters on a black dial. Incidentally, the 68 in the Intra-Matic 68 refers to year of the launch of the Chronograph B. Hugely popular in the Sixties and Seventies, it is today quite a sought-after piece in the vintage market. The new Intra-Matic 68 automatic chronograph revives the original design as it reprises the black/white contrast dial.
The two white chronograph counters are in stark contrast to the black dial which it itself circled by a white tachymeter scale. The panda dial has seen a revival of late with great examples from Rolex (the Daytona in 2016) and Omega (Speedmaster ‘Speedy Tuesday’ edition in 2017).
The new Intra-Matic uses a 42 mm stainless steel case, a more modern size than the original from the Sixties, and features piston-shaped chronograph pushers. The watch is paired with a black perforated calf-leather strap.
This watch is powered by Hamilton's H-31 caliber. This is essentially a reworked version of the famed Valjoux 7750 with a power reserve of 60 hours. This watch is a limited edition of 1,968 pieces and will cost $2,195. Given the styling and the movement, this is a very promising release from Hamilton. We hope to see it up close later this month at Basel. Watch out for more updates.