It should be no surprise to anyone that when Hamilton reached out with a new GMT watch for a review, it took me all of about 3 seconds to say yes. Â Now, that said, this is a much different GMT than Iâ€™m used to wearing. Â So, letâ€™s get into what weâ€™ve got going on with the HamiltonÂ Broadway GMT Limited Edition.
Right off the bat, you know youâ€™ve got something different when you first handle theÂ HamiltonÂ Broadway GMT Limited Edition. Â With a stainless steel case coming in at 46mm, youâ€™ve got a good bit of heft (204g as sized for my wrist), not to mention a good deal of wrist presence. Â Simply put, this is a big sport watch. Â Which, for a GMT / world time watch, that is something weâ€™re not used to seeing. Â Yes, there is a history of sport-cased watches giving GMT tracking. Â But when you get a world time scale in the mix, those tend to be a bit more compact.
Nevertheless, theÂ HamiltonÂ Broadway GMT Limited Edition has a world time bezel, in ceramic, fixed around the sapphire crystal covering the dial. Â In conjunction with the GMT hand (and itâ€™s 24-hour scale printed on the chapter ring), you can do some quick math to figure out the time anywhere in the world. Â Should you be jetting around the world, you want a watch that can stand up to whatever you may encounter. Â The large steel case will of course protect the H41 automatic movement therein, and also gives a modest 50m WR. Â Sure, you wonâ€™t be diving, but you can swim with it if you like.
With the dial of theÂ HamiltonÂ Broadway GMT Limited Edition, you have another sort of interesting design cue entering the mix. Â There is the mostly grooved portion, yes, but then you have the large central, smooth, stripe that calls to mind a rallye stripe on a car, which puts me in mind of some sort of automotive watch. Â That said, I do like the variation in texture and depth levels on the dial. Â Add in the applied, polished (and lumed) indices, and youâ€™ve got a lot of layers that can catch the light. Â The crystal has an AR coating on it, and when the light catches the angles of the hands and the indices, youâ€™ve got no problem telling what time it is.
The GMT hand of theÂ HamiltonÂ Broadway GMT Limited Edition is in red, so itâ€™s easy enough to pick out. Â Itâ€™s worth noting here how the H41 movement handles setting the main and GMT time. Â Often, weâ€™re used to the main time being set as on any other watch, and then the GMT hand is set in 1-hour clicks. Â Here, we have what many consider to be the truer implementation. Â The GMT hand is locked in with the main time setting, while the hour hand moves in the 1-hour increments. Â While this is different than many are used to, it makes sense for someone whoâ€™s traveling. Â You can keep the GMT time set to home (or whatever time zone youâ€™re tracking) and quick adjust the hour hand to match where it is youâ€™ve just landed.
As you might expect, wearing a bigger watch like theÂ HamiltonÂ Broadway GMT Limited Edition takes some getting used to. Â For a bigger, heavier watch, fit is the key. Â Once I had the bracelet adjusted, it kept quite snug on my wrist. Â I also rather liked the clasp on the bracelet, which was much different than the fold-over clasp type that you might otherwise expect. Â Thereâ€™s also a great bit of finishing hiding in the bracelet, where the beveled edges of the center links are polished. Â Again, that little pop of brightness picks up other beveled edges, and gives the traveler some subtle flash.
At the end of the day, the $1,545Â HamiltonÂ Broadway GMT Limited Edition seemed like a mixed bag of design elements. Â Itâ€™s a world time / GMT watch, but the dial evokes some automotive feelings, and the overall case and presentation brings to mind an oversized dive watch, but weâ€™ve only got a 50m WR rating. Â So, as I say, itâ€™s a mixture of things going on here. Â For me, it just didnâ€™t click, but I will also admit that my days of overly large watches seem to be behind me, so that may have prejudiced my take on the watch a bit. Â For those who may be in to the design, I donâ€™t fault you for it – this has some unique elements to it, and it will certainly get the job done, giving you a watch with impressive presence while you jaunt about the world. Â Â hamiltonwatch.com
- Brand & Model:Â Hamilton Broadway GMT Limited Edition
- Price:Â $1,545
- Whoâ€™s it for?Â You travel the world (or like to think about doing that) and you want a watch with plenty of presence
- Would I wear it? No, this isnâ€™t the one for me – itâ€™s simply too large for my tastes
- What Iâ€™d change:Â If this could get dropped down to 40 or 42mm, then weâ€™d have something even more interesting
- The best thing about it:Â The â€œtrueâ€ GMT hand adjustment implemented in the movement
- Movement: Â H41 automatic; 80-hour power reserve
- Case: Â 46mm, stainless steel; 13.15mm thick
- Lugs: Â 22mm
- WR: Â 50m