We’re firm believers that the first brand to utilise panda (or reverse panda) dials on its timepieces deserves a place in the everlasting halls of Good Design. While we have no confirmation as to who it is, there’s something ridiculously charming about the contrast that a panda design offers on a dial. This year, with the full swing of the “re-edition” craze kicking in, Hamilton has launched what we believe to be one of the best value-for-money timepieces that features a reverse panda.
The Hamilton American Classic Intra-matic 68 Auto Chrono‘s design is based off the Chrono-Matic produced by the brand in the ’60s. A collector’s favourite, the watch was actually designed with both a black dial with white sub-dials (Chronograph B) as well as one with the reverse (Chronograph A). Looking to pay tribute to that configuration, Hamilton re-did the watch for this year’s Baselworld, updating it for both size and functionality.
The original in comparison to the 2017 model
At 42mm now, the new Intra-matic 68 is of a modern size and one that wears well, considering the classic look and feel. Inside however, it’s all brand new. The calibre H-31, the brand’s own chronograph movement, sees a power reserve of 60 hours, thanks to an improved mainspring. It’s a workhorse movement that has constantly seen more usage across Hamilton ranges and one that’s worth it for how thoroughly it’s been optimised. Even the pump-style pushers are smooth and easy to activate.
We all know that the retro trend is in but if you’re looking for an honest and extremely close interpretation of an older model, we think that the Intra-matic 68 Auto Chrono is your best bet.
The Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 Auto Chrono is priced at S$3170 and is available at all authorised retailers.