So far, watch experts have not been able to clearly describe what a tool watch is — it can be a chronograph or a pilot’s watch or a GMT. But what has been explained clearly is that any such watch can withstand any kind of circumstance. To bolster this theory, Hamilton has launched two new tool watches: Hamilton American Classic Boulton Quartz (Ref. H13431553) and Hamilton Pan Europ Automatic 42 mm (Ref. H35445860 and Ref. H35435820) that are meant for adventures on tough terrains.
Hamilton American Classic Boulton Quartz
The model has been associated with Hollywood for over nine decades now. This particular watch was created for the iconic film, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. The watch comes in a 31.6 mm yellow gold PVD-coated stainless steel case.
The latest Hamilton American Classic Boulton watch also gets a white dial with a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, Arabic numerals in serif style format, and a pink gold crown at 3 o’clock. The watch sports brass hour, minute and second hands, and is powered by a quartz movement. Turning the watch over showcases the stainless steel closed caseback with the Hamilton logo. Finishing the watch is a brown leather strap with an alligator finish and a pin buckle.
Hamilton Pan Europ Automatic 42 mm
These new variants draw inspiration from the 1971 models and come in 42 mm cushion-shaped stainless steel cases. Each variant gets compact lugs; a polished unidirectional rotating bezel with an aluminium insert and numerals indicating five-minute intervals, one-minute interval for the first quarter hour; and a stainless steel crown at 3 o’clock.
There are two dial options — one in light green and the other in beige, honouring the 1960s and 1970s. Both dials also feature two rectangular windows at 3 o'clock for the day of the week and date indications on white backgrounds along with black numerals. While the beige dial variant gets a burgundy minute track, the light green model gets a brown minute track on the outer periphery; this colour contrast can also be seen on the lacquered central seconds hand.
Both models get nickeled hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova® and stainless steel hour markers. Powering the watches are the H-30 automatic movement with 80 hours of power reserve and the Nivachron™ balance spring. The movement is based on ETA 2836-2/C07.111. Turning each of the watches over showcases the exhibition caseback with the ‘H’ signed crown and a stainless steel oscillating weight. The watches are finished on green or beige soft-touch leather straps, with the options of brown or burgundy NATO textile straps.