Those Crazy ’70s: A Test of the Hamilton Pan-Europ Day-Date

The Hamilton Pan-Europ Day-Date brings back the most colorful decade in watch history. How did this vintage-inspired timepiece fare in our test? Scroll down to find out.

When we think back to the replica watches of the 1970s, we think of bold colors, rich contrasts and unusual shapes. Bright blue and red played big roles in the decade’s color schemes. Contrasting colors for indexes and subdials ensured good legibility. And many cases were oval.

These traits unite in the new Hamilton Pan-Europ Day-Date, our test watch, as they did in the original model from 1971. Although the original Pan-Europ was a chronograph, which was updated in 2011, the modern version of the Pan-Europ (released in 2014) has a date display and a day-of-the-week indicator. It’s priced at $1,195, which we found impressive, not only due to the watch’s elaborately crafted and multifaceted case, but also because of its movement: automatic Caliber H-30. ETA introduced the caliber as a further improvement of its day-date Caliber 2836. The goal was to extend the movement’s running time from 38 hours to 80 hours, long enough so the watch could be set aside over a weekend and still be running Monday morning. ETA achieved this for Hamilton (and for the other brands in the Swatch Group) by slimming the barrel’s arbor so a lengthier mainspring could be wound around it and by reducing the balance’s frequency by 25 percent: from 28,800 to 21,600 vph. read more

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Five Affordable Hamilton Watches for New Collectors

Founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892, Hamilton replica watches became synonymous with precision timekeeping, supplying pocketwatches to railroads, marine chronometers for ships, and clocks for aircraft. Today, Swiss-owned Hamilton offers a wide range of timepieces at accessible prices. Here are five models* we can recommend for new collectors.

Pilot Pioneer Auto

Hamilton’s Pilot Pioneer replica watches are inspired by timepieces the company manufactured for the British Royal Air Force in the 1970s. There’s a chronograph version, but we’ve selected the time-and-date model because, at less than $1,000, it offers very good value. Officially, the 41-mm case is described “round”, but for practical purposes, the look is asymmetrical, owing to the crown-side construction. The lugs have a slightly different shape, allowing them to form part of the crown-guard system, along with a piece mounted between the crowns. The top crown adjusts the inner ring that carries the 60-minute scale, giving the user an effective countdown timer. The bottom crown handles the traditional winding and time-setting functions. The H-10 Hamilton automatic caliber is visible through a display back, and it offers an 80-hour power reserve. read more

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Hamilton ODC X-03: Space-Age Design with Hollywood Pedigree

Hamilton Watch Co. has been a provider of timepieces to filmmakers and prop masters since one of its replica watches first graced the silver screen in 1951’s The Frogmen. (A new piece inspired by that watch debuted this year at Baselworld.) Now the Swiss brand with American roots announces the release of a new, futuristic watch designed by an Oscar-nominated production director: the Hamilton ODC X-03.

Hamilton ODC X-03 - reclining

The Hamilton ODC X-03, a limited edition of 999 pieces, is actually the third in a trilogy of replica watches inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, which featured Hamilton replica watches; it follows up the X-01, which was launched in 2006, and the x-02, from 2009. It is the product of a meeting between Hamilton executives and the three-time Oscar-nominated production designer of 2014’s Interstellar, Nathan Crowley, at that year’s Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards (BTCA) in Los Angeles. (The watch company hosts the awards annually, and viewers of Interstellar will likely recall the key role a Hamilton watch played in that film.) read more

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Pipe Dreams: The Evolution of HYT Watches

The year is 2012; the place, Baselworld’s Palace annex, where small, independent and often off-beat watch companies show their wares. Executives from a new Swiss watch company are holding a press conference to unveil their new creation. It’s a watch unlike any other: it shows the hours not via hands or digits but by fluorescent green liquid moving through a slender glass tube.

Front and back of the H1, which was unveiled at Baselworld in 2012
Front and back of the H1, which was unveiled at Baselworld in 2012

The company’s name is HYT. Its CEO is Vincent Perriard. Most journalists in the audience know him from his past posts at TechnoMarine and Concord, and, before that, Hamilton and Audemars Piguet. Also on hand are HYT’s chairman and co-founder, an entrepreneur named Patrick Berdoz, and board member and co-founder Lucien Vouillamoz, the inventor of the liquid time-telling system. read more

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10 Milestone Moments in the History of the Wristwatch

Today it is common to wear a watch on one’s wrist, but it was a different story around 100 years ago. World War I, which started in 1914 and ended in 1918, brought to the battlefield much that was new — airplanes, mustard gas, military tanks. It also brought something new to civilian society: wristwatches, which had become military-issue equipment, supplanted pocketwatches in popularity. Soldiers returning home from the war brought their wristwatch-wearing habit with them, thus beginning the interesting history of the wristwatch, an invention that has become an integral part of our modern life. In this article, you’ll discover 10 milestone moments from the first 100 years of the wristwatch’s history. It is an excerpt of the article “A Wristwatch Timeline” which you can download in the WatchTime Shop. read more

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