When thinking about mechanical chronographs, the 1980’s and mid 90’s are regularly seen as forgettable. Blingy, terrible taste, bi-metal, quartz, or me-too automatics are only a portion of the qualities that come to mind to portray the period. At that point you have the brands – Ebel, Movado, Concord, and even Omega making some very “of the occasions” pieces. Whatever you consider these watches and the period all in all with regards to watchmaking is likely a bunch of disputable subjects best left for saloons or back rear entryways. Beside the way that a portion of these watches are beginning to advance once again into the focal point of gatherers, it can’t be contended that this was a different period – Z. Cavaricci’s anybody? As usual, however, there are exemptions for the standard and the present #TBT subject is a really pleasant illustration of one such deviation. How about we investigate the moderately uncommon, yet reasonable, Hamilton 9379 Chronograph.
Before we get into the points of interest of the Hamilton 9379 Chronograph, a little history is all together. I’ve positively gone on about Hamilton’s Lancaster, Pennsylvania roots and in light of the fact that I lived there for a period, I’ll everlastingly have a weakness for the brand. However, actually after the company bought the Swiss brand Buren in 1966, it’s long stretches of making watches in the USA were numbered. By 1969, following a couple of long stretches of parts dividing among European and American tasks, a choice was made to close the Lancaster manufacturing plant. In 1971, the Omega/Tissot concern bought Hamilton and it eventually turned out to be important for the Swatch Group in 1984. In the 80’s is the place where I previously considered the brand and to be straightforward, they were making a ton of powerless sauce quartz reissue stuff intended to look like notorious models like the Ventura (my first “pleasant” observe ever) and the Piping Rock. With “Lancaster, PA” still on the crates or case backs, yet the watches having totally zero to do with the USA, the brand was apparently battling to push ahead and picking, all things being equal, to depend intensely on a far off, yet celebrated past. Yet, as we’ll see, it wasn’t all bad.
In the 80’s, Hamilton drawn out its notable Khaki line as a gesture to its previous in providing troops with watches. The vast majority of these were just field watches, however this was and is obviously a hit for the brand. Close by these, watches, for example, the Hamilton 9379 Chronograph were sold. These sorts of watches were an appreciative alleviation rom the enormous portion of mysterious quartz pieces. With the 9379, we’re blessed to receive a natural recipe that troopers on today with numerous a brand.
Inside the watch, we have the natural Valjoux 7750, yet conveying both a day and a date work. In the variation you see here, the watch is in tempered steel (variations existed – maybe not conveying the “9379” model name – for certain gold contacts too). It conveys some genuinely alluring measurements also at 45mm haul to drag, a 38mm case, 40mm bezel, and a 20mm carry width. If you’re tallying, that is right up the alley of about 95% of watch individuals I know. However, that is not all…
I don’t know who planned the Hamilton 9379 Chronograph or which Swatch Group parts canister was gotten to, yet there’s some genuinely acceptable stuff here. For one thing, the 9379 contains a superbly vintage-esque domed acrylic precious stone (mine is complete with scratches). This by itself gives warmth to the dial that would have been lost if glass had been utilized. At that point, and it’s not actually a “section”, however the carries are bored through for simple lash changes – simply a decent characteristic, right? Hamilton went with a pleasantly marked precious stone that makes winding the regularly not-so-charming 7750 worthwhile.
And the thickset pushers complement the case consummately. The watch even highlights a flawless Speedy-like aluminum tachymeter bezel. Dial astute, the watch conveys a military topic with lumed Arabic numerals at the hours against a matte dark foundation. White lettering separates the distinct effortlessness alongside unobtrusively furrowed sub registers. In any case, those hands… damn. Spade hands were utilized on this model and they’ve matured diversely versus the dial to the degree that they nearly look as though they were produced using tritium. The look incredible, however, and the thin focal chrono hand finishes everything off perfectly.
The history on the Hamilton 9379 Chronograph is somewhat hazy, however most partner it with the 80’s and mid 90’s. Contingent upon the variation, some vibe that it is one more weirdo piece made for the consistently watch hungry Italian market (like the Bulova Sea Hunter we looked into already). Myron Erickson of Rover Haven – we looked into his extraordinary lashes previously – made a decent showing of recording various Hamilton chronographs and you can see a portion of the 9379 variations on . Ideally this will not lead some of you down a hare opening of expenditure, however on the off chance that you can discover the watches, you’ll probably be agreeably astounded with the prices.
In a world that unexpectedly finds the Tudor Big Block a hot commodity – it is a commodity as I would see it and it utilizes the equivalent mechanicals as this watch – the Hamilton 9379 Chronograph keeps on flying admirably beneath most authority’s radars. These Hammy’s seldom come available to be purchased, yet when they do, they frequently stay there. It’s something entertaining as I might suspect most just don’t have the foggiest idea what they are or never trouble to tap on the deal posting. I say “clever” in light of the fact that when I post pics of this watch, it gets close to widespread applause. In this way, my recommendation is to snatch one of these sweet pieces and hope to pay generally – sit tight for it – $800 for an extraordinary model that may even incorporate box and papers. For a neo-vintage watch with a commonly recognized name that can be worn each day, and effectively under a shirt, that is a steal.
Despite the utilization of the 7750 in the Hamilton 9379 Chronograph, the watch wears far more slender than you may expect. This, combined with its straightforward looks, make it the ideal “go to” bits when I am making a trip to where bringing a more seasoned piece is unadvisable – out of the blue – yet I actually need to peer down at my wrist and get that warm and fluffy vintage feeling.
The Hamilton 9379 Chronograph is a peculiarity for the 80’s and 90’s with its exemplary looks and full set-up of earlier age looking components. It’s a genuine deal, utilizes a demonstrated development, and conveys an easily recognized name that is still around today. The reality of the situation will become obvious eventually if watch gatherers start to value this weirdo and if not, maybe it’s your gain.