While this is a release of two brand new models to their current intra-matic chronograph line, the real standout is the new mechanical movement featured in these two watches. The two watches resemble the iconic chronograph that Hamilton is known for and it comes in a panda and reverse panda dials.
The aim of these watches it to give the wearer the feel of wearing a vintage watch while having the best and the latest in innovation powering the movement. From that standpoint Hamilton has achieved this perfectly. The movement is Hamilton’s own H-51 mechanical movement that features an impressive 60 hour power reserve. It is a shame that any owner of the watch would not be able to see the movement as it is a closed caseback. One thing to note with this watch is the height of the watch which comes at 14.35mm thick. This could be a dealbreaker for some but to house the movement as well as the box shaped sapphire crystal, Hamilton has executed this perfectly despite the size, and also gives it a perfect vintage look.
Both watches come in a stainless steel case with a case size of 40mm and features a 100m water resistance. The watch does not feature a date window but still has the functionality of a chronograph and they both have lume on the watch hands. The panda dial version comes with a black dial with white subdials while the reverse panda dial has a white dial with black subdials. The watch can be bought with a leather strap or a highly polished Milanese mesh bracelet. The Milanese mesh bracelet retails at a higher price than the leather strap but the price is only a $50 difference so it really just depends on what style you prefer having the watch in.
The leather strap version retails at $2,045 while the Milanese mesh bracelet retails at $2,095, and both of these styles and watches can be bought through Hamilton authorised dealers. Hopefully they do release a version with an exhibition caseback to show off that new movement, but to keep the vintage look it is understandable as to why it is a closed caseback. Knowing Hamilton it will not be long before they do release a version with an exhibition caseback to display that movement.