Hamilton also let us take a look at their new Spirit of Liberty release for 2014. Their current lineup is made up of two automatic chronograph variations, both using the H-21 movement, but these new editions are more simple three-handers that have a basic but elegant look to them.
These Spirit of Liberty watches are comfortably sized at 41mm with alternating brushed and polished stainless steel surfaces on the case. A sapphire lens covers the dial. The dial is very clean with very long and polished stainless steel indices that are characteristic of the Jazzmaster line. What’s nice about these new releases is you get a choice of black or silver dial and the date window matches each respectively. Black backgrounds on the date wheel almost always look better on a black dial than the standard white date wheel. Inside the case is Hamilton’s H-10 caliber, an automatic movement that features 80 hours power reserve.
You can see the highly decorated movement and skeletonized rotor through the sapphire crystal exhibition case back. This level of perlage and customization is not something Hamilton fans are used to, and 2014 is going to be good year for them and the brand.
The silvered dial version comes on a brown strap while the black dial is paired with a black leather strap. Written in script on each is “Without liberty life’s a misery,” which is a quote from Andrew Hamilton, famous winning trial lawyer in the Zenger Case and the founder of Lancaster, Pennsylvania where Hamilton Watches was born. Personally, I never really took notice of Hamilton’s deployment buckles, but the Spirit of Liberty watch straps use them, and they significantly exceed my expectations for the price point.
These will tentatively retail for a very fair $995 each.