Akil Wingate | Mar 28, 2017 | 0
Hamilton Jazzmaster Day/Date Automatic Review
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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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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
ETA 2834-2 automatic
Approximately 38 hours
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.
Hamilton Jazzmaster Build Quality
With an MSRP of $925, you’d be right to expect good build quality. This is an area that Hamilton typically does well, and my experience with the Jazzmaster Day/Date echoes that sentiment.
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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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.
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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Hamilton Jazzmaster Day/Date Review Conclusion
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
Movement Accuracy & Reliability
Value for Money