Hamilton introduced the modern incarnation of its famous Pan-Europ replica watch at the 2011 Baselworld fair. It was a design based on an original, which debuted in 1971, and it’s done well enough to merit the release of a less-complicated variant, which we saw at last year's Basel.
The dial on this Hamilton Pan-Europ replica watch features a sunburst texture emanating from the center. This means the dial catches light from many different angles, resulting in viewing situations that range from optimal to near possible. They are nicely designed hands, and feature a healthy amount of lume along their length, but we’d prefer a set of chunkier hands more akin to the original.
Let’s take a closer look at the details that we think Hamilton got right with the new Pan-Europ replica watch. The most prominent feature of this Hamilton replica watch is its case. The soft fusion shape is accentuated by a polished lip separating the brushed wall and lug shoulders. It cuts the contrast between the two surfaces and serves to give a more rounded appearance to the case overall. At 42 mm, the Pan-Europ Auto cheap replica watch falls into the large-but-wearable crowd, and thanks to the sloped lugs wears a touch smaller than its size would suggest.
The bezel extends right out to the edge of the case on the Hamilton replica watch with a notched and polished lip that protrudes beyond the bezel ring. While the notches do provide some grip, the polishing of that lip make rotating the bezel a challenge. The bezel ring itself is thin in profile, adding to that retro personality meant to invoke its heritage. A large white chapter ring angles towards the dial, with notches cut out for the applied hour indices.
The newest iteration of the Pan-Europ replica watch is a faithful rendition of the original first seen in the early '70s – at a glance, that is. The case-to-bezel ratio, the notch-y hour markers, and thick-cut cushion case are all present, and lend to the retro personality of the new Pan-Europ replica watch, but upon closer inspection, a few details emerge that place this firmly in modern territory. In many ways this is a good thing, providing value, practicality, and build quality that you may find suspiciously absent in many 40-year-old-plus watches.