In the past couple of years, many brands have dug into their archives to release reissues or vintage-inspired pieces. Some have been hits, while some other have been misses. Personally, I find that the convenience of buying a new watch that looks like an old one trumps the homework – and some of the thrill, admittedly – that is required to suss out a vintage piece in good condition. With that noted, here’s what should be one of the more popular vintage re-releases this year: the new Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 chronograph Watch.
First, a little history. The new Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 is based on classic Hamilton Men’s Watches from the sixties, namely the Chrono-Matic and the Chronograph B – the latter debuted in 1968, hence the name Intra-Matic 68. The Chrono-Matic and Chronograph B are highly sought-after today for their classic, dressy style, and the new Intra-Matic 68 promises to retain most all of the elegance of its predecessors.
In more recent Hamilton history, a certain two-hand dress watch called just the Intra-Matic (reviewed here) was introduced in 2012. It was as purely and overtly retro as this Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 chronograph – though in a much more Mad Men, Don Draper kind of way – and it seems that Hamilton found there was a nostalgic market for the swiss classic Watches looks from that era.
The Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 comes in a 42mm stainless steel case with a thin polished bezel and features prominent pump pushers to control the chronograph at the usual 2 and 4 o’clock positions. The crown also looks fairly large to maintain the original’s proportions in this department – and it should also help with time- and date-setting.
All too often, watches in this style have very paltry water resistance, but I’m pleased to say that the Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 has a rated water resistance of 100 meters. This is a refreshing change from the usual 30 or 50 meters that we often get from a dressier watch, and chronographs are also notoriously harder to get water-resistant. The watch also comes with a vintage-looking perforated black calf leather strap.