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Hamilton Celebrates Its Oldest Roots With The American Classic Spirit Of Liberty Collection

Hamilton Celebrates Its Oldest Roots With The American Classic Spirit Of Liberty Collection Watch Releases

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When discussing dress timepieces, the idea of timelessness comes up frequently. The ideal dress watch should feel rooted in tradition, elegant without feeling either antiquated or overly modern, and above all balanced. One of the prime examples of this in the current watch market is Hamilton. For the latest addition to the American Classic line, the American Classic Spirit of Liberty collection, Hamilton has blended together classical design elements, a thoroughly modern automatic movement and an inspiration that dates back to before the American Revolution.

Hamilton Celebrates Its Oldest Roots With The American Classic Spirit Of Liberty Collection Watch Releases

The Hamilton brand was originally founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and quickly became one of the cornerstones of the once-powerful American watch industry. The company took its name from Andrew Hamilton (not to be confused with Constitutional framer and Broadway sensation Alexander Hamilton), one of the founders of the city of Lancaster during its colonial beginnings, the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1729 to 1732 and again from 1734 to 1738, an influential lawyer, an impassioned voice on the importance of liberty and freedom of speech, and the original owner of the land used for the Hamilton factory. The American Classic Spirit of Liberty collection sets out to celebrate this man and the timeless American values he helped to establish by creating a suitably classical American inspired timepiece.

Hamilton Celebrates Its Oldest Roots With The American Classic Spirit Of Liberty Collection Watch Releases

The stainless steel case of the American Classic Spirit of Liberty series is clean and elemental, but with a number of unique touches for a distinctive personality. Sized at a modern 42 millimeters in diameter, the overall shape of the Spirit of Liberty is clean and classical, with a mix of brushed and polished surfaces. On closer inspection, however, the details of the case become a visual treat. Attached lugs subtly add an old-school feel to the overall shape while drawing visual attention to the razor-sharp transitions between finishes. The broad bevel along the top of the case sides and lugs makes the Spirit of Liberty appear slimmer on the wrist in addition to providing dynamic and stunning play in changing light. On top of this finely crafted case sits a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, giving this classic style a modern visual clarity and scratch resistance.

Hamilton Celebrates Its Oldest Roots With The American Classic Spirit Of Liberty Collection Watch Releases

The American Classic Spirit of Liberty is available in three unique dial variants, all featuring bold and distinctive sunburst dials. These include a rich sepia brown, a light and reserved champagne gold, and a deep oyster gray. Each of these handsome color options shares the same classically inspired layout, with the proud Hamilton ancestral family crest above the emblem at 12 o’clock. The light and elegant leaf hands taper toward finely faceted applied tapered baton indices, offering a hint of glimmering flash from almost any angle. These are finished in brilliant polished nickel for the sepia and oyster gray dials, while the champagne gold dial receives a complementary treatment in warm rose gold. The date window of the American Classic Spirit of Liberty is placed at 6 o’clock to preserve the dial’s harmonious visual symmetry without sacrificing the usefulness of the complication.

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Hamilton Celebrates Its Oldest Roots With The American Classic Spirit Of Liberty Collection Watch Releases

Inside this classically styled timepiece beats a thoroughly cutting-edge mechanical heart. The Hamilton H-10 automatic movement features some of Hamilton’s finest technical features, including a massive 80-hour power reserve. This level of reserve is nearly unheard of in a watch of this price and sets the American Classic Spirit of Liberty further above the pack.

Hamilton Celebrates Its Oldest Roots With The American Classic Spirit Of Liberty Collection Watch Releases

In recognition of the legacy of Andrew Hamilton, each watch in the American Classic Spirit of Liberty collection features a custom leather strap with intricate laser engraving. These straps are meticulously designed to pair handsomely with a corresponding dial model, including a warm tobacco brown for the sepia dial, a verdant bottle green to contrast the champagne gold dial, and a deep ultramarine blue to create a truly classic pairing with the oyster gray dial. Each Spirit of Liberty strap is hand-patinated for a vintage appearance right out of the box that is truly one of a kind. The straps are laser-engraved with a poignant quote from Andrew Hamilton, “Without liberty life is a misery.” These stunning leather straps are finished off with a folding deployant clasp. For those who prefer bracelets, the American Classic Spirit of Liberty collection is also available on an elegant multi-link brushed stainless steel bracelet.

Hamilton Celebrates Its Oldest Roots With The American Classic Spirit Of Liberty Collection Watch Releases

As a part of the American Classic series celebrating Hamilton’s nearly 130 year legacy of fine watchmaking, the American Classic Spirit of Liberty is a testament to the timelessness of the marque’s design approach. All four of these variants (including the optional bracelet) of the American Classic Spirit of Liberty are available now from the Hamilton website, at a price of $995 on leather and $1,045 on the stainless steel bracelet.

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Hamilton Celebrates Its Oldest Roots With The American Classic Spirit Of Liberty Collection Watch Releases

Hamilton Celebrates Its Oldest Roots With The American Classic Spirit Of Liberty Collection Watch Releases

Hamilton Celebrates Its Oldest Roots With The American Classic Spirit Of Liberty Collection Watch Releases

Hamilton Celebrates Its Oldest Roots With The American Classic Spirit Of Liberty Collection Watch Releases

Hamilton Celebrates Its Oldest Roots With The American Classic Spirit Of Liberty Collection Watch Releases

Hamilton Celebrates Its Oldest Roots With The American Classic Spirit Of Liberty Collection Watch Releases

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  • SuperStrapper

    These cases actually look quite bold and aggressive. I like them. Matched date wheels would have been nice.
    The watch do want look so great on the bracelet. Certainly this is a strap watch.

  • I like Hamilton but this looks like a cheap $100 kickstarter watch.

  • AlbieC

    Frustrating… “modern” 42mm case size, housing a clearly relatively small movement… the date window placement on the dial is the giveaway… Please watchmakers, stop doing this!

  • Independent_George

    I like these. I don’t think it’s possible (because of the case) but I would like see these without a date and slimmed down to 39/40mm using the H50 hand cranker.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    These are lovely, but not without their faults. The lungs annoy me a bit not running smoothly on to the dial giving it a rather constucted look assapose to fuidic. The minute hand is also 1mm short. I also don’t like it when the date window is not the same colour as the dial. Thank you from the thicker wristed among us for the new classic size of 42mm.

    • ray h.

      huh ?

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Appart from mis-spelling lugs ( which I’ve editited ) what leaves you confused?

        • Lanternerouge

          Assapose to fuidic?

          • Berndt Norten

            It’s just Raymond’s agenbite of inwit

          • DanW94

            Let me mull of kintyre that o’er….

    • SuperStrapper

      Good comment, but I’m actually quite enjoying the engineered look over what you say would be more fluidic. I’ve always preferred harder lines over organic shapes.
      I’d like to see this watch with no date at all, and a dial in champagne/salmon with black polished or heat blued accents, i think it would be a great colourway for this case.

      The chronograph is a nice effort i think, although the colourways are too predictable:

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      • mach2guy

        I agree on a salmon dial with heated blue accents. My money would fly to that one if it had a 40mm size.

  • NaJo

    Value for money and at grey market or even AD diacounts a perfect first wrist watch for young and modern generation. Not for default fault finders … matching date wheel, smaller case size, markers n hands…

  • George Yang

    I see that Hamilton’s fascination and need to make their cases extra thick has carried over to their dressy line as well.

  • I’ve sold a couple of Hammys previously : Khaki Pilot DD Air Zermatt (H-40), PanEurop DD (H-30) The Interstellar Murph watch (H-10), Interstellar Matthew MacConaughey watch, Khaki Field H-50 manual and pretty impressed with the accuracies

    The Hamilton watchmakers, God blessed them, whoever they are, are doing a really superb job regulating those watches because based on customer feedback, the average daily accuracy rates with normal daily wear vary between +0.5sec –> +2.0sec/day provided the power reserves are 100% to begin with

  • You should check out Hamilton Ventura x Poggy The Man if you’ve the chance?

  • all74

    I’m usually not a fan of brown watches but the brown dial on the brown strap is gorgeous! Makes me thirsty for a good root beer 🙂

  • Marius

    Nice on the strap, need to lose the date. I wonder if it would be feasible for Hamilton to move production to the US? If I were a Murcan I’d like a watch made in America.

  • Philip Copping

    Visually striking and a clever blend of traditional visual cues and modern practicality. Very handsome – never fails to get glowing comments and plenty of attention. A real solid performer! Many people are saying how Hamilton are ‘killing it’ at the moment, and I couldn’t agree more – the range manages (somehow) to be commercial AND diverse… and still remain true to the company’s heritage! Hats off to Hamilton…

  • guitardude

    I really like the look of the watch. The champagne dial looks fabulous on the green strap, but my favorite is the gray.

    That said, it is too big! Waaay too big. Given the distance between the edge of the dial and the date wheel, they could have easily made this a 38/39mm watch and hit the nail squarely on the head. This is large for the sake of being large.

    • AlbieC

      Thank you!

  • John Smith

    Really nice!

  • Lellobservi

    42 millimeters is way too big for a dress watch. IMHO the ideal dress watch is hand-wound and has absolutely no complications as a date, no steel bracelet either.

  • Dan F

    Hamilton has been doing the vintage resurgence thing long before other brands picked up on it! Of course they have a huge catalog of vintage pieces to draw from. I love my Jazzmasters. The American Classic line represents American greatness at its peak.

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