I think I might have the best reason in the WC world to get this one. When I saw this Hamilton released, I ordered it immediately for my wife and I to share. My wife inherited an original 1941 Hamilton Boulton from her Dad, who got it as a present on his return from WWII from his grandfather. We had it cleaned up a few years ago and now it’s running well. She keeps it wound, but because of its age and special story only wears it on occasion.
The new Boulton is a close homage, but not exact. It has a slightly wider and more rounded case, PVD gold coated steel, not solid 14k gold like the original. The dial font is similar, but the round small seconds dial doesn’t have sectors and doesn’t match the case shape. It’s powered by an ETA 980.163 15 jewel quartz, common to many Hamiltons with a small second complication, so should be reliable and robust. At 27 x 31.6 mm its easily wearable by us both. It’s also got a doubled crown, not sure why? PVD gold is supposed to last longer than traditional gold plating, time will tell, but it looks good out of the box. The band’s a bit of a miss, thin but stiff with a poor wrist feel. So, overall this will be a fun wear when we want to honor the ‘old guy’ but not wear him out. I’ve switched the band already to a Vario I have. I’ll be sending off to Ivan & Judy soon for a brown one that matches better, but until then, here’s our new wear: