At last year’s Baselworld, Hamilton introduced a contemporary version of its Hamilton Pan Europ, one of the very first wristwatches equipped with an automatic chronograph movement, introduced in 1971. The Hamilton Pan Europ H-30 debuts with a modern-day movement boasting an 80-hour power reserve.
The original Hamilton Pan Europ model contained the legendary Caliber 11 self-winding chronograph movement, co-developed with Breitling and Heuer (today’s TAG Heuer) on a base movement from Buren. This movement was also found in such now-iconic early automatic chronograph watches as the Heuer Monaco, Heuer Autavia, and Breitling Chrono-Matic. Hamilton Pan Europ watches from this era are now considered collectors’ items by many. Current Hamilton Pan Europ chronographs use the ETA-produced H31 movement, which has a power reserve of 60 hours. This new version upgrades to the new Caliber H30, which does not have a chronograph function but lengthens that power reserve by nearly a full day.
The modern Hamilton Pan Europ retains the case shape of the original, with its curving, angular lugs integrated seamlessly into the strap. The stainless steel case is water-resistant to 50 meters and has contemporary dimensions of 42 mm. The bright blue rotating bezel has an aluminum ring. The blue dial has a white reflector ring and the white dial and hands are coated with Super-LumiNova. Bright red is used for the central seconds hand, the tiny seconds and sub-seconds indices from 12 o’clock to 3 o’clock, and on the interior of the perforated black leather strap (a colorful textile strap, in blue with a red central stripe, is also available; both versions are pictured below). The watch also displays the day and date in a double window at 3 o’clock. The Hamilton Pan Europ carries a retail price of just $1,095.
This article was originally published on April 15, 2015 and has been updated.