Introducing the Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono

Article By: Logan Hannen

Sept 06, 2018

Hamilton has officially launched the Intra-Matic Auto Chrono, an update of the Intra-Matic 68 Auto Chrono launched at Baselworld 2017 in a limited production. While that original model, pictured below, features what is known as a “reverse panda dial” (that is, black with white subdials), this new, full production model of the Intra-Matic Auto Chrono features a true panda dial (white with black subdials), along with a few other refinements that held the original back, according to many a watch blogger.

Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 Auto Chrono
Source: Hamilton

First, the similarities between the 68 and the main production Auto Chronos – both pieces are derived from the same range of late 60s chronographs produced by Hamilton (primarily, as the name suggests, the ones made in 1968, but there are a couple of others including the Chrono-Matic, which came out in 1969). Both pieces feature the same case design (though not in the same case size, as we’ll get into in a moment), and both are powered by the H-31 automatic chronograph movement, featuring a 60-hour power reserve and a hidden pusher to adjust the 6 o’clock date display.

Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono
Source: Fratello Watches

The primary difference between the two pieces come in the form of the dimensions. While the Intra-Matic 68 Auto Chrono came in at 42mm in diameter, the Intra-Matic Auto Chrono proper comes in down two millimeters at 40. This downsizing has not only impacted the wearability of the piece, but also the proportions of the sub-dials and outer tracks which were significantly larger on the Intra-Matic 68. These aesthetic changes, coupled with the physically decreased size, give the watch a different wearbility and one that, empirically speaking, definitely skews more towards the vintage pieces from which its inspiration is drawn.

The Damage:
The Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono is slated to be $2,195 upon release this fall.

Logan’s Take:
Let’s get the personal bias out of the way – I, like many a watch geek, have a total and undying obsession with panda/reverse panda dials. Something about the contrast just makes the watch pop in such a way that it feels very clearly designed for a more active lifestyle, one where a chronograph needs to function, first and foremost, as a tool. That being said, I do appreciate Hamilton recognizing that the chief complaint against the 68 (namely its 42mm size) was something that would need to be addressed in a full-production model. It shows that, I imagine, the brand at least hears the criticism drawn against them when it becomes loud enough which, as we know about many brands, is not always the case, so kudos to Hamilton for remembering how to keep it classy, watchfam.