Based on one of Hamilton's most radical designs, the Chrono-Matic 50 LE is utterly unique, and utterly Hamilton. Created 50 years after the creation of the Caliber 11, one of the first automatic chronograph movements, and based on the Chrono-matic Countdown, which is now a rare and highly collectible vintage piece, the new watch brings the adventurous and innovative spirit of the original into the 21st century. Sized the same at a whopping 48mm, the radical case design features two crowns, and three colored pushers.
While the overall aesthetic is largely the same, the Chrono-Matic 50 does feature some significant changes. The red pushers start, stop and reset the chronograph. The black pusher at ten changes the date, featured in a window at six o'clock. The crown at eight adjusts the internal bezel, found between the tachymeter and the main dial, providing count-down functionality.
Inside of the Chrono-Matic 50 is the H-31 Swiss-made caliber. This automatic chronograph is based on the venerable ETA/Valjoux 7753, the H-31 features 27-jewels, hacking, hand-winding, pusher-set date, a frequency of 28,800 bph, and a power reserve of 60-hours. Most mechanical chronographs top out at around 40 hours, making the H-31 a unique caliber.
- Case: Brushed Stainless Steel
- Dial: Black Panda
- Movement: Hamilton H-31 (Base ETA 7753)
- Winding: Automatic
- Complications: Chronograph, Date
- Lens: Sapphire
- Strap: Leather
- Water Res.: 100M
- Diameter: 48mm
- Length: 51.5mm
- Thickness: 16mm
- Lug Width: 22mm
- Limited Edition: 1,972 Pieces Worldwide
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.