The mid-twentieth century was the height of the casual-cool dress watch. Minimal dials combined with elegant cases were the standard for the everyday watch. Hamilton was no stranger to these designs, manufacturing several lines, including the Intra-matics. These stylish automatic watches were cutting edge in their day, featuring thin automatic movements and stripped down aesthetics. Fast forward to now, Hamilton revived these timepieces with a line of exceptionally elegant dress watches that capture the sleek feeling of their ancestors while sporting fully modern materials and movements.
If there’s ever been a dial that’s the spiritual equivalent to a Manhattan served neat, this is it. Smokey, sultry and mysterious, the domed surface fades from silver to black and is punctuated by accents of gold. The dial features only essential markings with a date at six, and just hour and minute hands, giving it a quiet, contemplative demeanor. In 38mm this is an ideal modern dress size that slips under the cuff thanks to the 9.8mm height and large domed sapphire.
Powering the Intra-matic is the ETA 2892-A2 Swiss-made caliber. An elegant movement by design, the 2892 is a 21-jewel automatic that can be hand-wound and features a date, 42-hours of power reserve and a frequency of 28,800 bph. Often regarded as a higher end movement from ETA, the mainstay manufacturer of Swiss movements, the 2892 is notable for being thin and having appealing finishing.
- Case: Polished Steel
- Dial: Smoked Black
- Movement: ETA 2892-A2
- Winding: Automatic
- Complications: Date
- Lens: Domed Sapphire
- Strap: Leather Strap or Steel Bracelet
- Water Res.: 50M
- Diameter: 38mm
- Length: 44.25mm
- Thickness: 9.8mm
- Lug Width: 20mm
Founded in 1882 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Hamilton was one of the great American watch brands of the early 20th century, and a pioneer in watchmaking in general. Through the early and mid-twentieth Hamilton became a household name by producing everything from pocket watches for railroad engineers, to mil-spec watches for the troops, to deck chronometers for the Navy, to everyday dress and casual pieces loved worldwide. In short, Hamilton was a true watch brand, pursuing horology across a wide spectrum of disciplines while simultaneously gracing the wrists of of timepiece enthusiasts.
Today, Hamilton is owned and operated by the Swatch group, giving them access to the best Swiss movements and manufacturing. Their current catalog draws upon their exceptional archive to create a wide range of timepieces that any watch enthusiast should love.