We have written about the Hamilton JazzMaster in the past but I have to admit this was my first chance to wear one and get any real impression concerning what they are actually like to own. Apart from possibly the Ventura models, the JazzMaster is one of Hamilton’s best known line of watches. For years, the basic Viewmatic model has been an excellent choice for an entry level swiss automatic dress watch and Hamilton had formulated a style and price point that brands like Tissot and Longines still have trouble competing against.

In the past few years the JazzMaster line has spawned many models, which will appeal to a wide range of tastes while still relying on the same JazzMaster formula. The JazzMaster formula requires the signature ornate lugs, elegant and luxurious dials and Swiss mechanical movements. Sitting along side the three hand, GMT, and open-heart models, the JazzMaster Auto Chronograph is a modern take on the classic dress chronograph. Fitted to a subtle black crocodile strap and featuring a matched silver dial, this example is one of the most handsome offerings in the JazzMaster family.

  •  42 x 15 mm
  • 47 mm Lug to lug
  • 22 mm lugs
  • ETA 7753 Automatic chronograph (base 7750)
  • Sapphire crystal
  • 123 g weight as reviewed
  • Mineral display case back
  • Black crocodile strap with push button butterfly deployment
  • 100 m WR
  • MSRP: $1445.00

The JazzMaster Auto Chronograph packs quite a lot of wrist presence into its 42 x 15 mm frame. While the case is large much of its visual heft stems from its large crown and pushers as well as its noticeable 15mm height. That said, I found this JazzMaster surprisingly comfortable thanks to its short 47 mm lug to lug length. No watch at this price point has ever felt as “special” as this Jazzmaster does. With its monochromatic coloring, it is simultaneously cool and classy and definitely brings to mind images of smoky 60’s jazz clubs.

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