While Hamilton are best known for collections like the Khaki Field and Khaki Navy, featuring watches like the Murph and Frogman Auto respectively, the Jazzmaster shouldn’t be overlooked. Despite a name that youths of today would describe as “cringe”, the Jazzmaster is one of Hamilton’s most diverse ranges and leans in a more refined direction than Hamilton’s typical tool watch fare. The latest addition to the collection is the Hamilton Jazzmaster Face-2-Face III limited edition.
This is the third edition of the Face-2-Face model, which is Hamilton’s answer to the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso in that it features two dials on either side of a reversible watch body. This won’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Hamilton’s history because at one time they actually had the licence for the Reverso from JLC and produced an exact replica called the Otis. The Face-2-Face is its spiritual successor. This new version features a 44mm diameter case in stainless steel and consists of a peripheral section with lugs, pushers and crown and an inner portion that can be rotated on a horizontal axis.
The primary dial displays the main chronograph function with central hours, minutes, chronograph seconds and subdials for seconds, 30-minute timer and 12-hour timer. There’s also a day-date complication with an open date wheel visible beneath the subdials. Colour-wise, it’s a combination of silvery-white, anthracite grey and blue, which are familiar colours in the Jazzmaster range as the standard chronograph is available in each of those colours individually.
Twisting the body of the Jazzmaster Face-2-Face III reveals its second face. This side of the watch effectively functions as an exhibition caseback, revealing the inner workings of the movement including the rotor and perlage finishing. However, there’s also another chronograph seconds hand that points towards a peripheral tachymeter and pulsometer, allowing you to calculate speed and pulse rate.
The movement that’s visible through that second dial is the Hamilton H-41 automatic chronograph calibre. It’s based on the Valjoux 7750, although it has an extended power reserve bringing it up to 60-hours. Much like the Jazzmaster itself, the H-41 is one their most adaptable movement and features in watches like this double-sided piece as well as regular chronographs and worldtimers.
Hamilton’s Jazzmaster Face-2-Face III is available in a limited edition of 999 pieces and is priced at £2,595. Considering this is one of Hamilton’s most technically complex watches, it is among their priciest models, but despite that it’s still surprisingly accessible. If you’re looking for a chronograph with a party trick, the Jazzmaster has you covered.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Hamilton Jazzmaster Face-2-Face III
- Case/dial: 44mm diameter x 17.25mm thickness, stainless steel case, anthracite dial with one blue subdial
- Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
- Movement: Hamilton calibre H-41, automatic
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve: 60h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
- Strap: Brown leather with blue stitching
- Price/availability: £2,595
More details at Hamilton.