Hamilton 9379 Chronograph
Hamilton 9379 Chronograph—never heard of it!
We like chronographs, we also like Hamilton watches. We particularly like early 90’s Hamilton chronographs like this interesting 9379 “4-Red” Military Chrono.
Hamilton was famous (some would say infamous!) for having many different model references, case sizes, dial colours, and other variations of its major watches in the 1980s and 1990s. They also succumbed to the Quartz movement for most of their watches, just like everybody else! This Hamilton 9379 bucked this trend and sticks resolutely to the classic format of chronographs from an earlier age.
So, some more details about this “4-Red”…
“4-Red”? What’s a “4-Red”?
Well, the usual iterations of the Hamilton 9379 Chronograph have sword-shaped hands, whereas ours has thin baton hands with their top 2/3rds printed in white and their centre printed black, making it very easy to read in the most extreme conditions. They usually have contrasting sub-dials at the 6-9-12 positions; ours has black sub-dials printed simply in white, these being indented. The main dial is also without the printed Arabic numerals; instead, these are replaced by luminous baton minute markers. Finally, rather than sporting the normal black or white sub-dial hands, ours wears “4-Red” sub-dial hands, again making it simple to read quickly.
This is a much more “modern Military-esk” style than the norm.
The lume on the hands and the “five-minute” markers on the dial is bearing up well, but it is showing the expected foxing associated with age. It gave up its “glow” long ago!
The layout of the chronograph functions on the dial is quite unusual too, with “Seconds” at 9, the chronograph “30 Minutes” dial at 12, and the Chronograph “Hours” at 6. The Chronograph “Seconds” are displayed using the bold red, centre seconds hand. Finally, both the Day and Date are clearly displayed in Black against a White background at 3—a nice highlight to what is a predominantly black watch.
There is a balance to its design that is rarely seen on such a complicated watch; it looks “just-so”, if you know what I am getting at?
The case and what looks to be the original domed crystal are in good condition for a watch that’s over 30 years old. That said, there are the inevitable bumps and scratches that any watch endures in normal day-to-day life, but overall, it’s in a good state and, most importantly, after having a full service, is running well with all the functions working and resetting as they should.
Surrounding the face is a fixed tachymeter bezel, again in black with a steel surround. This is so very reminiscent of the Omega Speedmaster bezel, it’s uncanny. The outer ring of the bezel has been “flat-spotted” at 9 from being set down on a table over many, many years. If you look at the bezel between 75-85 in the photographs, you can just about see it. Just lovely!
The case measures 38mm excluding the crown, which makes for an easy and comfortable wearing experience. The bezel measures 40 mm; creating a wonderful overhang to the case itself and making the watch appear larger than it is. It shrouds the crown and pushers, making them look integrated too. So, spot on trend—not too big and not too small.
It has the Hamilton “Jet-Age” “H” signed crown as it should, with round pump pushers for the chronograph set into the polished stainless-steel case. The case has another of our favourite features: drilled lugs, which make it so much easier to change straps! The lug width of 20mm gives you lots of options too.
At its heart, this Hamilton is powered by the venerable automatic Valjoux 7750… Some people get very superior when talking about this movement, saying it’s nothing compared to a Zenith El Primero or Omega 321 movement. They might be right, but just check the difference in price. And some say that this Hamilton’s predecessor, the Hamilton Chrono-Matic, is deserving of its nickname, “The Poor Man’s Heuer”. The movement was reliable, economical to make, and served a purpose. During the quartz crisis, it was just what the wider industry in Switzerland needed, and by the 1990s, it was the go-to movement that helped mechanical timepieces get back on their feet. It was made in the hundreds of thousands, so we know it works! This one is signed Hamilton Watch Co., 17 jewels.
The case back has minor swirl marks, as you would expect, but there are no major gouge marks from tools slipping. The engraving in its centre is still deep and legible.
It comes on a nice black leather strap, which is worn but in good order.
This chronograph will never be the centrepiece of your collection. It’s not that special to claim that place. But there’s no reason it can’t fulfil a place within a collection as an affordable, every-day, “only just vintage”, solid, reliable, and comfortable watch you could wear day in and day out.
It’s the epitome of a vintage “daily beater”!
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