Between 1964 and 1977, some extraordinary changes occurred. These 13 years radiated a different charm; A different way than what society – as a whole – considered cool back then. Iconoclasts were then deeply immersed in hedonism, they were highly gifted souls who displayed creative genius. Some like music as a medium, some have it visually and even through combat and other such skills!
Common factors among talented madmen are platform boots, sideburns, dog-collars, bell-bottom jeans, wide belts and short leather vests; Aviators (solid or gradient), even gonzo glasses. You are a The Beatles or a Bruce Lee The fan is just superficial; At heart, you are a free spirit. That was the charm of the 70s.
The watch industry, naturally, couldn’t stay far behind for long enough to match the styles. This era produced some very exquisite designs, which now seem to be making a comeback. One of them Hamilton American Classic Pan Europe Automatic.
“Why isn’t it Ventura?” – I am listening to questions. Here’s why.
Ventura associates with Elvis – no Costello – and saw daylight in 1957. It just didn’t get into nuttiness until the mid-60s to the 70s. Current Ventura Watches – It Could Be XXL Or Speak your mind – The original electrical, not battery-powered version (ie electrical – not electronic – circuit powered by a battery) although better built than before.
The original Hamilton Pan Europe was introduced in 1971. There is a chronograph version (reissued in 2011) and a plain three-hander version (2014). Both are 70s inspired. And no; Hamilton is not related to the British racing driver, perhaps because he prefers to wear Hamilton watches. But can’t say with certainty.
The original was one of the first automatic chronographs. It is also; It has a cushion-shaped case like the one it has now. It is similar to others; Say, the Tag Heuer Autovia Or Breitling Chrono-matic In almost every aspect; Movements too, it’s a Heuer-Breitling-Hamilton Caliber 11, 17 jewels and a incabloc Shock-protection system. Alternatively, the Buren Caliber.
But our discussion part; Indicates only hours, minutes, seconds, day and date. It comes with a simple but reliable H-30 movement (more on that later) and a rotating bezel with a diver-style minute-track. It can be used as a timer. Be careful if you are more than a hundred and fifty feet underwater; After all, it’s not a real, full-fledged diving device.
With two straps on offer (an extra one thrown in), crisp and strong, the Hamilton Pan Europe is a great value piece at a very accessible price. We will check its different parts one by one.
- Dial & Hands: A very rich blue color defines this watch, giving it a soft, fine sunburst effect when held against the light. It brings the dial alive by bringing a very unique appeal. Some may have liked the surrounding box around the day and date aperture, but personal opinion: it somewhat detracts from that clean look.
A white chapter ring surrounds the dial containing the minute track. This gives a little space for the hour markers. Arms equally, they were applied with a luminous substance; However, don’t get your hopes up Lumibright Radiant or eternal. In a few hours, the clear lume is a dull, steady glow, good enough to tell time but not read a book.
The lettering on the dial is thin and somewhat indistinct. This helps keep things from getting too loud.
- Watch case, crown, crystal and bezel: At 42mm, the cushion-shaped case recalls the 70s shape for racing chronographs. Surfaces get a brushed finish while its edges are polished. Standing at about 10.5 millimeters tall, it’s slimmer than its chronograph cousin. For a comparison with the rest of Hamilton Mechanicals, go here. The polished bezel on top of the case and around the domed sapphire comes with a blued aluminum insert that feels sturdy against each of the 120 sharp clicks as you turn it counter-clockwise. Polished Hamilton “H”– Decorated crown folds along the edge, providing excellent grip; Even with sweaty fingers. Integrated, curved lugs provide a tight fit and added comfort while wearing. The screw-down, see-through case-back allows viewing of the movement and also adds to the aesthetic appeal of the watch.
- Straps: If others come with one, Hamilton Pan Europe comes with two! They are 22 mm wide; One racing-style strap is black leather with a red overlay, and the other – NATO – is in tri-color nylon. The folding buckle of the leather strap initially causes the end to poke out from under but it doesn’t take long to tear the leather.
The blue/red NATO strap emphasizes the 70s feel and the H-marked steel nib that secures the end of the straps is nice to see. The square loops provide a tight and easy fit of the strap, but with a sturdy buckle (remarked Hamilton) and the perforated section of the strap is reinforced with a leather strip. The fit and feel of the strap is excellent and perfectly emphasizes the 70s racing feel.
- Movement: Certainly the most important part but not the only part, the non-chrono version Hamilton H30 movement is the ETA 2824, which features an upgraded mainspring to increase the power reserve to a whopping 80 hours, i.e. 3 1/3RD Day! The rotor is customized with open-worked “H” and “Hamilton” engravings, and the movement allows you to set the day, date and time individually, without interfering with the other two when you set one.
No condemnation Hamilton American Classic Pan Europe Automatic Gives an authentic seventies loud and clear feel and has some historical inspiration too. A well-executed NATO-strap elevates the watch many times more than leather, and the very strong value of the watch comes not only from its reliable movement with sufficient power-reserve but also from the materials used and the way they are used.
However, despite all that, it lacks the cool refinements of dress watches and looks chunky and chunky; But that’s only natural, because you have to have a ball while walking around in the real world and not always at dinner.
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