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While many fine timepieces are crafted in Europe, Hamilton has been creating superlative watches in the U.S. since 1892. The classic Intra-Matic Auto Chrono, first launched in 1968, now features a modern and updated movement.
Words by Bill Lindsey | August 27, 2021 | Luxury

When railroads were connecting the East and West Coasts of the U.S., Hamilton pocket watches ensured the trains ran on time while U.S. Airmail Service pilots relied on Hamilton timepieces for navigation. More recently, the brand introduced the world’s first electrical watch powered by a battery and the world’s first LED digital watch. The updated Intra-Matic Auto Chrono’s classic round stainless steel housing has the same thickness (height) as the original but is 2mm narrower, making it a better fit on all wrists. The slightly smaller blue dial with an outer ring of white has sub-dials a bit smaller than the original, with the huge pump pushers now flanking the crown, distinctions only a few will notice. A quick-set pusher at the 10 o’clock mark allows adjustment of the date while Hamilton’s H-31 27-jeweled automatic chronograph movement permits hand winding with a power reserve of 60 hours. A traditional black leather strap classic makes it equally suitable for the boardroom or the country estate. The Intra-Matic Auto Chrono is an American classic. A hand-wound version is also available for purists;