Top positive review
18 people found this helpful
Good build quality
on July 7, 2012
To find a mid priced automatic watch is a lot harder than it first looks. I've had this watch for about a month and the accuracy is very good; the watch keeps the time easily if you are sleeping without a watch. I have a watch winder for night use, but there is no need for that with the Jazzmaster. Some other automatic watches I own can't handle a long night of inactivity - not a problem for the Hamilton. The style, as you can see, is pretty conservative and the thickness is reasonable. I found the brown Hamilton band to be a smidgen too large for my wrist (I have VERY thin wrists and any normal person should not find this to be a problem) and the band had a strong and sightly unpleasant smell. I ordered a new strap, and during the week or so before I changed the band I wore the watch on and off to make sure it was a stayer and, during this time, the smell had completely disappeared so the band is just fine for the right wrist size. The luminescens is very muted, but the contrast between the dial and the hands are good enough for me not to have had problems in low light situation. Setting the watch is easy and the feel of the mechanism is very smooth and comforting. As a well built automatic watch should, there is NO sound at all from the winding mechanism - in my experience that is not always the case with some popular brands. The ticking sound is very unobtrusive, I would say it is imperceptible with a distance of more than two inches from my ear. The second hand does not move completely fluently, each second is made up of four or five discrete movements but the overall impression is that you have enough fluidity so that someone examining the watch actually checks it out (and, in some cases, find the slight stops between each fractional second to be a disappointment). I like a second hand on my watches and i really dislike a jerky movement. The Jazzmaster's second hand does not bother me in the least.
In my opinion, this is a very good value for a mid priced watch.