Hamilton Pan Europ Chronograph
The new Hamilton Pan Europ automatic chronograph watch is a tribute to the 1971 model that was issued under the same name. No wonder why its total production run is limited to only 1971 pieces.
Comparing photos of the re-issue (below) and the original (can’t reproduce for copyright reasons, sorry) I can see that the new timekeeper is almost an exact copy of the 1971 watch.
However, the Caliber H31 self-winding movement is new and the setting crown was transferred from 9 o’clock to a more customary position at 3 o’clock. The small date aperture at 6 o’clock is now not round, but rectangular, slightly going out of key with the design.
However, the case, the dial layout and even the shape of chronograph push-pieces seem to faithfully reproduce those of the original.
The new Hamilton Pan Europ limited edition follows the new trend of reinterpreting the classic models from 1960s-1970s and that’s a good thing: I guess we are all somewhat tired of high-tech design during the last couple of years.
However, I do not really like the fact that with introduction of this watch Hamilton’s model range has got even more eclectic and the company made yet another step sideways from finding its own design language.
The watch itself is nice, though. At a price of only €1300 (and you will probably get a 20 per cent discount,) it may be a nice acquisition.
Hamilton Pan Europ Chronograph automatic watch specification
Movement: Automatic, H31, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 60 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 45.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Stainless steel
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire
Tags: 100 m, 45 mm, Automatic, caliber H31, Chronograph, date, Hamilton, limited edition, Pan Europ