It’s a Saturday night and you’re dressing up to a cocktail party with your lady friend, which watch do you go for? I suggest the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic in rose gold. An American-styled classic dress watch with enough flexibility to look great under a white cuff and a polo and jeans. This is a true dress watch, classic dial with hands indicative of the Hamilton heritage. This is a well thought out watch that lands itself in the go-to category for much fancy fair.
Case and Crystal
Rose gold. What else is there to say? Well, a lot, actually. The rose gold is actually more subtle than one would think. The large dial compared to bezel and case size make the rose gold appearance of the watch almost understated. The case has design edges on the side, curving around to the top to make this not just another round case watch. The crown guards build out of the case to protect the crown and look like an architectural design more than a watch case touch. The crown has the signature H and is non-screw down, of course – this is a 50m water resist dress watch. The Crystal — how sublime. Sapphire for starters, slightly domed for the main course, and a slender profile to finish. The case back is screw down, but with actual screws – go figure. The obvious feature is the large sapphire glass display window allowing you to peer into the Hamilton decorated rotor of the ETA 2824-2 workhorse. It appears to be a base 2824-2 with a custom rotor, but I could watch the balance wheel go all day long on this watch. There are engravings around the caseback window that list all the important attributes “Sapphire Cystal | Swiss Made | H325450 | Water Resistant 50M | Stainless Steel.” Wait, what’s that you say, Stainless Steel? I thought you were talking about Rose Gold this whole time? Yes, this is not a multiple thousand dollar solid gold watch, it is stainless steel plated with rose gold. A minor infraction I choose not to care about. At 41mm, it’s a rather large diameter for a dress watch, but wears comfortably and slips beneath a cuff like it was meant to be there.
Dial and Hands
The dial is a luxurious silver with guilloche pattern in the middle, followed by a smoother sunburst pattern where the hour markers are, leading into a slightly different contrast sunburst pattern to house the minute markers. The case is rather busy for a dress watch, to be honest, but only when you look closely. Every 5 minutes has the arabic numeral printed on the dial with each 1/4 of a minute delineated with a straight line. A bit too busy for a dress watch, but it’s so tiny that the business around the outside of the dial is quickly lost. The main show comes when a circle is made by the rose gold + lume hour markers followed by the central guilloche pattern. Hamilton takes an intimidating position atop a rectangle raised up in the middle of the guilloche, whereas “viewmatic” gets the lowercase treatment and is printed in the bottom middle. The hands are a classic Hamilton tapered rose gold style with lume in the middle of the hour and minute and nothing on the straight arrow back second hand. All in all, a little busy, but Hamilton makes it work with great dial pattern separation and room to work.
The strap is a croc pattern embossed calf leather with Hamilton “H” double push button, butterfly, deployant, rose gold clasp. It is 20mm at the lugs and does not taper. The contrast stitching is where this watch confuses me a little. It makes it able to be worn casually, but detracts from the dress watch nature of this rosey devil. I would certainly pick up a non-contrast stitch strap for dressier ocassions, but leave the contrast stitch strap on for more casual affairs — or for the jeans/polo look. The leather is the typical fair and isn’t really anything special. The deployant is a great touch and the Hamilton H on the deployant gives an up scale feel to the whole thing, no matter what strap you have on it. That being said, the deployant’s clasp is a little big, but then again this is a “little bit big” dress watch and it works.
ETA 2824-2 with Hamilton Rotor. What can I say? It’s been a workhorse ETA movement that beats at 28,800 bph and creates a buttery smooth seconds hand that pretty much anyone can stare at for a good minute and not realize they were doing it. My copy keeps about +4 out of the box. These are easily regulated and serviced becuase they’re so common and robust. A great Swiss movement.
Not a lot of men wear rose gold these days. This watch could very well help bring it back. It’s a classic dress watch mixed with some American heritage design and put together in a cost effective, high quality package. The overall effect of this watch minimizes the rose gold by having a thin bezel and eye-capturing dial. The Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic in rose gold is a success on many levels and you will not regret the purchase. Coincidentally I’ve also held and messed with the stainless version and it’s just as impressive, if rose gold isn’t your cup of tea. If it is though, go with this Hamilton.
- Band Color: Dark Brown Croc Pattern Leather
- Band Width: 20mm non-tapering
- Bezel Color: Rose Gold
- Case: Rose Gold plated
- Case Finish: Polished + Stainless Steel
- Case Thickness: 11mm
- Case Width: 41mm; 43mm with crown
- Clasp/Buckle: Hamilton Deployant
- Dial: Silver
- Hand Color: Rose gold
- Movement: ETA 2824-2
Video to come soon.