The Hamilton Pan Europ replica watch was introduced in 1971, and in recent years it has come back to life. The Chronograph version was redone and re-issued in 2011, and for 2014 Hamilton offers a non-chronograph version.
As mentioned, the original Hamilton Pan Europ replica wristwatch— introduced in 1971, and featuring a cushion-shaped case — was one of the very first automatic chronographs. The layout of pushers and crown was similar to that of other iconic chronographs of that era, such as the (TAG) Heuer Autavia and Silverstone and the Breitling Chrono-Matic.
The Hamilton Pan Europ replica wristwatch also comes with a rotating bezel, marked with a diver-style minute-track. However, it should not be regarded as a professional diving instrument with its 50-meter water resistance. The total package of the Hamilton Pan Europ is well executed: it has two straps (and the tool to change them), one of which is an absolute winner, with crisp lines and a good build quality, all for a very approachable price point.
Surrounding the blue dial of this replica wristwatch is a white chapter ring, with minute markers all around. The first quarter of the chapter ring, between 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock is in red, while the rest is in black. The chapter ring also gives away space to the wedge-shaped hour markers with applied luminous material. The straight hour and minute hands also feature luminous material. To finish off the dial, Hamilton has opted for slender, inconspicuous markings, with the only text reading “Hamilton,” “Automatic,” “Pan Europ,” and “Swiss Made.”
The 42-mm steel, cushion-shaped case of the Hamilton Pan Europ replica wristwatch is reminiscent of 1970s racing chronographs and features brushed surfaces and polished edges. At 10.41 mm, the new Pan Europ replica wristwatch is not quite as thick as last year’s chronograph version. The polished bezel, with an aluminum insert in blue, also feels sturdy. It rotates counterclockwise, with 120 sharp clicks.