Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton

Skeleton watches continued to be a popular style at this year’s Baselworld. In this “his and hers” edition of Watch to Watch, we look at a very affordable one introduced a few years back: Hamilton’s Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton, available in men’s and ladies’ versions, and both containing the same proprietary movement.

The engine in these Hamilton Jazzmaster watches, automatic Caliber H-20-S, combines traditional skeletonizing techniques with modern technology such as laser engraving. The finished movement features an openworked rotor with brushed finish and Hamilton’s decorative “H” pattern on several of the elements. Through the big window in the dial’s center, the wearer can see the motions of the escapement, hairspring and barrel. Both watches also feature a sapphire exhibition caseback for a rear view.

The men’s version of the watch has a 40-mm stainless steel case and a cut-out dial with anthracite-colored curves and angles that offer glimpses of the movement. The dial’s periphery is surrounded by multi-level rings with markings for the seconds (o through 60, with numerals at the five-second increments and tiny indices in between) and “Hamilton Viewmatic” text in the interior. The applied hour indices are coated with Super-LumiNova. The men’s Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton is available on a five-row stainless steel bracelet or a black leather strap and retails for $1,195.


Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton - men

While it contains the same H-20-S movement, the ladies’ Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton has a smaller case diameter (36 mm, also in stainless steel) and an iridescent white dial. The overall design is described by Hamilton as “floral-inspired,” with applied hour indices shaped like dewdrops, and tiny, round minute indices between these markers rather than the detailed seconds scale of the men’s version. This ladies’ Jazzmaster has a white leather strap, edged and lined with ruby red, echoing the splashes of red on the dial from the skeletonized movement’s jewels. The strap has an “easy-click” attachment so it can be easily switched with a five-row stainless steel bracelet. The watch is priced at $1,195.

Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton - Ladies This article was originally published on September 26, 2013, and has been updated.

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  1. Jonathan W. Fink

    I love Hamilton Watches. Is the H20 a totally original movement? Is it derivative of another ETA movement? How does the quality compare to the ETA 2892?

  2. Outstanding !

    Willing to get more information on price, availability time and where to by it down here in Brazil. Regards.

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