Hamilton Jazzmaster Day/Date Automatic Review

Hamilton Jazzmaster Day/Date Automatic ReviewScore 83% Score 83%

About Hamilton

Hamilton was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892. Now headquartered in Switzerland, Hamilton is well-respected in the watchmaking industry for making reliable and stylish timepieces. Hamilton watches tend to be priced in the $750 – $2,000 range.

I own several Hamiltons and generally have had good experiences with their watches.

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Review Summary

There’s a lot of competition in the $500 to $1,000 price bracket, and the Hamilton Jazzmaster is a bit of a heavyweight in the segment. As a daily wearer, the Jazzmaster Day/Date is a great watch- it’s good looks, reliable ETA movement, and sapphire/stainless steel combination make for a watch that will look and run great for years. I like it’s somewhat understated styling, its weight and balance, and the quality of its build. Recommended.

Hamilton Jazzmaster Day/Date Technical Specifications

Model Number

H32505151

MSRP

$925

Case Diameter

40mm

Alternate Models

Lots available on Amazon

Movement

ETA 2834-2 automatic

Complications

Day/date display

Power Reserve

Approximately 38 hours

Water Resistance

50m/164ft

Crystal Material

Sapphire

Operating the Watch

The Jazzmaster Day/Date has a single crown to manipulate the time, day, and date display. Note that if the automatic movement has stopped, it is best to turn the crown 10-20 times before setting the watch. This winds up the movement so that it begins keeping time as soon as you set it.

How To set the time:

  • Pull crown to the furthest position (position 3). Turn the crown clockwise to set the time.

How To set the day and date display:

  • Pull the crown to the middle position (position 2) and turn clockwise to set the date display. Turn counterclockwise to set the day display.

Hamilton Jazzmaster Day/Date Aesthetics & Design

The Hamilton Jazzmaster is a mainstay in affordable Swiss watches. For a lot of people, Hamilton is one of the first brands that they encounter due to its sheer popularity. You’ll find Hamilton in jewellery stores in malls all over the world.

Part of the brands popularity is its design language. It has a history of clean styling that is rarely overdone (with some, uhh, notable exceptions). Looking at this Jazzmaster specifically, evidence of this design language is plastered all over it.

The caseback is attractive, with the watch features and model engraved on the steel surrounding the exhibition window. On the rotor, “Hamilton” is engraved above the jewel count, and is finished with a brushed texture. The brass contrasts nicely with the stainless steel.

The two-tone stainless steel bracelet features an integrated deployment clasp. It’s the perfect compliment to the watch and makes the 40mm case appear a little larger than it really is. With the steel bracelet the 40mm is the perfect size for most men that have average-sized wrists.

I’m a big fan of the Jazzmaster, and the steel on steel H32505151 model in particular.

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Crystal, Case, and Dial

The stainless steel case is pretty durable, though after several months of regular wear it has some scratches around the crystal and on the deployment clasp. From regular viewing distance they aren’t noticeable- you have to get nice and close to see them.

The crystal has no scratches or wear of any kind (which is what I expect from sapphire). It doesn’t fog up, it’s is easy to clean, and its slight curvature looks excellent.

The dial looks great. The raised hour markers have a razor-thin strip of lume on them which can be hard to see at night. However, in regular lighting it looks fantastic. With the day/date display at 12 and 6 o’clock respectively, and with the dial being otherwise uncluttered, the Jazzmaster really does look excellent. This watch will look as good 20 years from now as it does today.

Bracelet and Clasp

The H32505151 model of the Jazzmaster comes with a two-tone stainless steel bracelet. It has good weight to it and feels well built. It doesn’t flex much when side pressure is placed on it and is comfortable to wear. It weighs more than leather, but that weight feels like quality as opposed to weight.

After several months of regular wear the bracelet is showing scratches and signs of use. From a distance you’d never know, but if you get within a foot of it the scratches are easy to see.

The deployment clasp is very secure and doesn’t accidentally open. The mechanism operates as well today as it did months ago when I first started wearing it. I’m very happy with it.

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Movement

The ETA 2834-2 automatic movement began manufacture in 1974, though the version used in the Jazzmaster was updated as of 1982. For over 35 years the 2834-2 has been a reliable workhorse used in watches with day/date displays. It has 25 jewels and features a power reserve of approximately 38 hours.

This movement powers millions of watches from a variety of brands. In this application it is accurate to within 15 seconds per day. With regular wear you will likely be setting the time once every 10 to 14 days.

Read more information about the ETA 2834-2.

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Value for Money

While the MSRP for this Jazzmaster is $925, it’s commonly found for around $650 on Amazon. In my opinion, at any price under $750 you’re getting good value.

Comparing the Jazzmaster to other automatics priced from $500 to $750, you’ll find a lot of watches with similar date or day/date complications (and even an occasional chronograph). That’s because watches in this prince range typically employ the use of an off the shelf automatic from ETA, Miyota, or Seiko.

The Hamilton stands out thanks to its clean, minimalist style, quality bracelet, and sapphire crystal. Hamilton as a brand puts a lot of pride into their watches, and it really shows in this Jazzmaster.

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Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Hamilton Jazzmaster Day/Date Automatic
Author Rating
4

Hamilton Jazzmaster Day/Date Review Conclusion

83%

My thoughts The Jazzmaster is a well put together line of watches, and this version of the day/date (H32505151) is easily one of my favorites. I think it's great looking, and it's sized perfectly- the stainless steel bracelet makes it seem just a touch bigger than 40mm. It's an excellent daily wearer and I'd recommend it to just about anyone.

Aesthetics & Design
85%
Build Quality
90%
Movement Accuracy & Reliability
80%
Value for Money
80%

About The Author

If it ticks or tocks, I want it on my wrist. I'm a fan of all things that keep good time, and I can't resist a great looking watch. WYCA is my way of appreciating the engineering and artistry that goes into affordable watches. My favorite watch is my Jazzmaster Auto Chrono, and the watch I wear the most is my Weekender Chronograph. I currently have 33 watches in my collection.

25 Comments

  1. David

    Hello

    Great review. If this jazzmaster day/date was fitted with a leather strap (gloss black for example) would this pass for a dress watch?
    I am looking for a Hammy that I can wear everyday but can also be considered when dressing up in a suit. I thought the date day was a great pragmatic function for everyday wear.

    Thanks so much!
    David NY

    Reply
    • Cameron Martel

      Hi David!

      I’m glad you enjoy the review. The Jazzmaster Day/Date is one of my favourite everyday watches to wear. Now, would this one pass as a dress watch? Absolutely.

      It’s strap is a two-tone polished/brushed stainless steel- a classy, complimentary look. The steel case and dial are also very subdued and would fit right in under a sport-coat or dress shirt cuff.

      Removing the stainless steel strap and opting for a leather band would downplay the watch somewhat. If that’s what you’re looking for your dress watch to do then I think it’d be a great transition. Leather-strapped models sell for about $150 less as well.

      Either way, regardless of which version you get, you’ll come to find that the Jazzmaster is a solid timepiece. If you acquire one I’d be interested in hearing how you enjoy it!

      Cheers!

      Cameron

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      • sonofjesse

        Hi Cameron,

        Sorry i did not see your reply (thought I was set up to get email when a reply hits) so sorry this was late. Thanks for the input. I was under the impression that a leather strap made a watch more formal, but i do agree with you certainly that the steel bracelet looks amazing. i was thinking of adding a leather strap as an option. i plan to wear this pretty often.
        Thanks again I love this blog.. keep going 🙂

        David NY

        Reply
        • Cameron Martel

          The Jazzmaster Day/Date does not have an integrated bracelet, meaning that you could easily buy a leather strap and switch between the steel bracelet and strap. That way you get the best of both worlds 🙂

          The Jazzmaster Day/Date’s lug width is 20mm, so find yourself a 20mm leather strap that you like and you’re in business. I recommend an alligator-grain strap (personal preference, very subjective) as it pairs with the Jazzmaster quite well.

          Enjoy it! Shoot us a mini-review once you’ve had a chance to wear it 🙂

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          • David

            Thank you again. Great idea and I am so partial to gator straps. Will do.

  2. Andrew

    Great review! I’ve had this watch for just over a year now and it’s my favorite watch I’ve ever owned (granted I haven’t owned that many). Not too flashy so I can wear it on weekends, and dressy enough to wear with a suit. It was also one of the few watches that didn’t look massive on my fairly small wrists. It has held up extremely well and still looks new, my only complaint is it’s made me have to start shopping for a watch winder.

    Reply
    • Cameron Martel

      Nothing wrong with a watch winder… 😉

      Reply
  3. Jon I.

    You’ve gone & done it! Wow! What a striking watch. I will be visiting my AD this weekend to check out & possibly purchase. Thanks Cam.

    Reply
    • Cameron Martel

      If you buy through my Amazon link I get a small commission (to put towards my next contest) and Amazon is an authorized retailer! 😉

      Reply
      • David

        Now that is great to know. Thanks and when it’s time I will do!

        David NY

        Reply
        • Cameron Martel

          Appreciated, sir!

          Reply
  4. Victoria Gala

    when I go to buy the watch through your link I receive the message that “This watch is covered by a warranty from the seller, ********, not from the manufacturer.” So I guess Amazon is not an authorized retailer…. I wonder if they could sell copies considering the watches are not covered by warranty from the seller!
    Thank you for your review!! It was extremely helpful! … except for the amazon being an authorized retailer part…

    Reply
    • Cameron Martel

      That’s odd. However, it appears the store that is selling it offers a decent warranty 🙂

      No matter who you get it from I’m confident you’ll enjoy it once you have it!

      Reply
  5. Steven Valsesia

    Nice review !
    But I preferred buy the Tissot couturier day/date auto, better value for price I think 🙂
    Same movement for half of the price !

    Reply
  6. nj

    Hello Cameron, thanks for the excellent review. Just came by your blog when looking at reviews for this Hamilton watch. I’m in Calgary and have never purchased a watch online. Wonder if you have experience with online retailers like Jomashop and Amazon; Are they reliable to purchase from? Just concerned about receiving a genuine item. Thanks again.

    Reply
    • Cameron Martel

      I’ve bought tons of watches off of Amazon without issues. If you’re in Calgary, swing by Gem by Carati and chat with them. They are who I go to for Hamilton & Tissot timepieces because they give me a good price and take excellent post-sale care of me.

      Don’t forget to post up what you get!

      Reply
  7. Jeff

    Just took delivery of my own Hamilton Jazzmaster Day/Date watch from Jomashop.com and I love it. Dealing with Jomashop was a real pleasure, and the watch is an excellent investment. Having owned a David Yurman Thoroughbread at $4,000, I can say that the Hamilton is every bit as satisfying as a more expensive timepiece. I turned to Hamilton originally because I own my father’s 1950 Hamilton which, after reconditioning, still runs to this day. I prefer the dress look so I went with the black alligator leather strap which dresses the watch up nicely.
    All in all, going with the Jazzmaster was a great decision.

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  8. Pierre

    Hello Cameron,

    Awesome review, however I have a question regarding the dial, because on the pictures it shows sometimes as a plain white dial, and somtimes as a a silver steel dial where we can actually see small “lines” somewhat similar to “brushed steel”.

    What is the dial really like? Are there different models or is it just that depending on the lights we don’t see the steel aspect every time?

    Thanks in advance for your answer, and nice work on this review 🙂

    Reply
    • Cameron Martel

      Hi Pierre,

      I am glad you enjoyed the review- thank you for your kind words 🙂

      The dial on this version of the Jazzmaster Day/Date is a brushed finished, though it is admittedly hard to capture in photos. It changes based on the lighting and angle.

      I hope that helps! If you have any other questions let me know 🙂

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      • Pierre

        Thank you for your quick answer 🙂
        It’s helping indeed. I’m trying to decide between this watch (leather strap, gold hands, silver crown) and the 2015 viewmatic which has a more intricate dial but only plain silver hands.

        By any chance, have you seen the viewmatic’s dial ? What do you think about it compared to the Day/date ?
        No store is selling those close to me so I can’t try them out.

        Thanks!

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        • Cameron Martel

          I have not seen the Viewmatic first hand. Sorry I can’t help you there 🙁

          Reply
  9. Ed

    Can you confirm – it looks like the movement is bi-directional winding. My watch winder is a 2-watch model that can bet set clockwise, counter-clockwise, or bi-directional. The other watch I use the winder for has a clockwise 650 turns per day recommendation. Do you think the Hamilton will charge effectively if the watchwinder is set to clockwise, or would it be better to charge one or the other and set the watch winder accordingly? I mean, I can try it out and see what works, just in case you had an opinion. Thanks for the detailed review.

    Reply
    • Cameron Martel

      It is indeed bi-directional. I don’t know which method of watch winding would be better, however. Sorry I can’t help more there!

      Reply
      • Ed

        Well, thanks for the response! I am trying it clockwise and I am thinking it likely won’t matter which direction it is charged in.

        Reply

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