While the general mindset about skeletonised watches about being more expensive than the rest stops the most of us from laying our respective hands on one, Hamilton taps gently into that space and presents all that extra engineering and hard work to create a beautiful, timekeeping machine – the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton Automatic H42555751 Men’s Watch - that’s tough as a nut, without driving the price through the roof.
The Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton Automatic H42555751 Men’s Watch cashes on the skeletonised theme, which wouldn’t have been possible without the Hamilton H-20-S automatic movement thrown in. The watch, thus, unites an impeccable degree of craftsmanship with relentless precision, high on decoration that ranges from a brushed and skeletonised rotor to intricate H patterns on its individual elements. But if you really want to get the real juice of the thing, it is the generous dimensions of the openings that display the functioning of the escapement, the hairspring and the barrel that need to be considered.
The Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton Automatic H42555751 Men’s Watch comes in a 40mm stainless steel case, housing a skeletonised movement that has been specially created using a Swiss ETA movement as the base. Those with a penchant for vintage looks and feel – to be precise, the 1960s’ – with a thin profile that’s bestowed upon by the modern technological standards, shall find the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton Automatic H42555751 Men’s Watch an irresistible piece that will soon lead into obsession unless you procure it fast.
Movement and the case aside, it’s also the lugs’ shapes that make the Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind Chronograph Skeleton Automatic H42555751 Men’s Watch stand out from the crowd. The feel is in the wear and not visual. For the latter, you must glance at the silver-coloured dial, which is the dial itself, standing out against a backdrop of the dark grey movement plates, integrated to impart the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton Automatic H42555751 Men’s Watch a multi-layered look. Sure it’s not an ornate, filigreed skeleton, but it has been engineered to be masculine, beyond any doubt.
Turn the watch around and the winding rotor jumps into your field of vision, through the sapphire case-back. This is where some very staunch purists might object (a skeletonised watch should be manually wound), but Hamilton has complied with the changing times. And neither does it stop the light from passing through, thanks to the skeletonising of the rotor.
As for the rest, unlike most other skeletonised watches, viewing time is not a problem with the Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer Automatic H42555751 Men’s Watch; the hour and minute markers along the chapter ring help you to read and set time precisely, the fluted crown offering a very comfortable grip.
All in all, a piece that you will regret to miss!