Hello to All of you Watch Enthusiast around the globe.
Here is review of Hamtramck watch from creator Joe Wichowski and PolAm Watch Company. In his own words: “”The Hamtramck” – to honour the spirit and drive of the hard-working Polish immigrants of Hamtramck, Michigan, US (like my grand-parents). Although it is not actually made there, it definitely carries my love for all things Polish and American (PolAm).”
So, what we have here? First of all, there are two versions of dials. One is with Polish national emblem, the Polish Eagle and other, same in any detail but without Polish Eagle. So, if you are Polish or with Polish heritage, you can choose “Polish version” or if you just like this diver watch but do not want that Polish Eagle on dial, you can always choose clean dial. Otherwise, both watches are absolutely the same. Same excellent Shark Mesh bracelet, same case back, same case, same folding clasp with logo and Polish Eagle engraved, same… well, you have may point.
But, let’s start with some dry specifications.
- 46mm 316L stainless steel case
- 22mm between lugs and 49mm from lug to lug
- 13.6mm overall thickness with double domed 3.00mm Sapphire crystal glass on top with Anti Reflective coating
- Seiko NH35 automatic mechanical movement with 24 jewels, ~41 hours power reserve, 21600bph
- C1 SuperLume applied on hour indexes and C3 on handset including triangle tip on second hand
- 120 click unidirectional bezel with aluminium inlay.
- Crown is screw in/out type with reddish top, 7mm in diameter and 5mm overall wide.
- 100m water resistant (10ATM), but I was told that watch is made with 30ATM specs, so 10ATM for sure.
- Band is SS Shark Mesh bracelet with folding clasp without diver’s extension, big enough for +9.5inch wrist
- Very elegant Red faux leather watch box with white details and Polish Eagle.
Dial is matt white. Sound simple, isn’t it? It just sounds like that. The whole dial, handset, indexes and date window are subtle mixed with red details, which follows the “Polish theme”. Applied indexes are white and lumed except 3, 6 and 9 o’clock position, which are red, without lume. The index at 12 o’clock position is very subtle Polish flag, white & red where white is lumed same as other white indexes. Around the date window complication which is at 3 o’clock position have thin red print around. On upper side of dial is writing name of company and type of movement “PolAm & Automatyczny” and on lower side is name of the watch and WR rating “Hamtramck & 100m/330ft” Handset is following same colour scheme, simple thick lumed white minute and hour hands with thin red border. Second hand is silver polished with white lumed triangle and red tip. This is very elegant and most readable dial I have seen lately.
As I said/write before, there is two versions of dial. Until now, I was describing one with just subtle Polish symbols but there is also “full” Polish version of dial. On that dial, at 9 o’clock position you will find detailed, in black print very noticeable, Polish Eagle. My opinion that this watch will really appeal to anybody with Polish descent or connection out there in the world, but this watch can be for anybody else too, because two dial versions.
Bezel is made from 316L Stainless Steel, unidirectional with 120 clicks and aluminium inlay. Usually, I am not big fan of aluminium bezels because they are soft and easily scratched but this one is well designed and incorporated very well with bevelled bezel which follows the domed shape of double domed Sapphire glass on top. Marking on bezel are not usual for divers. They remind me more on old Vostok dive watches with 20 minutes red “timer” part. There are no lume on bezel but I did find that polished and red printed inlay very eye pleased and it working very well with dial hardware and handset.
Case is 46mm in diameter, fine satin brushed on sides and high polished on top, of course, case is made from 316L stainless steel. Lugs are short but nicely rounded and quite elegant regarding the case size. As I usually write, no matter of watch size, if lugs are short that will give any watch opportunity to be worn even on smaller wrist. Same is with this watch. No matter of 46mm diameter, short L2L (lug to lug) distance of only 49mm gives it nice appearance on normal sized wrist too. (My 8 inch/21cm wrist is on upper side and is regarded as big wrist.) Also, lugs are reaching below of back case and that will only help to nicely “hug” your wrist. Again, very simple but so elegant in execution.
Crown is placed at usual 3 o’clock position, dimensions are 7mm in diameter and 3.2mm+1.8 wide. On top of crown is reddish round top (1.8mm) and that looks nice. It is, usual for diver watch, screw in/out type of crown, which gives that watch minimum 100m water resistance or 10ATM, but in conversation with Joe, who is owner of brand and creator, all specs are for 30ATM WR so I think is safe to say that 10ATM of water resistance is reachable without any problem.
Back case is screwed in type, silver, high polished, made from 316L stainless steel and with engravings on it. Polish Eagle has main and central position with very detailed engravings. Above Eagle is phrase: “kuj żelazo póki gorące” which in translation means “Strike While the Iron Is Hot” and below is company name “PolAm”, inscription “Automatyczny” (Automatic) and serial number (In my case No0099 & No0212). At my knowledge there is only 200pcs with Polish eagle on dial and 100 without Polish eagle on dial, but that numbers are going down, down, down…
Regarding the bracelet, there is only one option and that is very nice, strong Shark Stainless Steel Mesh bracelet, with 4mm thickness and 22mm wideness gives a nice additional weight to the watch. Resizing is very easily done, with screw connected H-links and micro adjustments on clasp. Clasp has double security release system with double button and laser engraved Polish eagle. There is also classical engraved company name PolAm on it.
Movement in this watch is coming from Japanese manufacturer Seiko. NH35 is mechanical movement with manual and automatic bidirectional winding capability. That is one reliable and durable movement which is ideal for every day diver, toll or sport occasion watch. One of movements which will work and work and work… Factory given standard accuracy is in -20 sec to +40 sec a day range, but from my personal experience (I have more than few watches with that movement) that accuracy is more in +/- 8sec a day at maximum (two of my watches with NH35 are doing +3sec a day in 30 day average right out of factory). Others specs are: 24 jewels, 21.600bph, Diashock, ~41 hour power reserve and with hacking capabilities. To fully wound NH35 movement, 55 manual turns of the crown are needed.
This is one of my favourite watches and just because that, I will be most probably subjective about this timepiece. But, one thing is absolutely true. This is very elegant, white and red combo super readable watch for every day occasion and if you are brave enough, maybe even for some light night event in more casual/sporty style. Nobody could argue with elegancy of this fine timepiece. If you have anything to do with Poland, or you are Polish or you have Polish roots, what else to tell you than, this is watch for you and if you want “light” version, there is dial option without a Polish Eagle on it. For everybody else, you will do yourself a favour if you buy elegant white and red diver as this one. Only thing which somebody could mention as negativity is aluminium bezel inlay. Well, without that shiny aluminium, partially red painted, this watch will not have that something. Aluminium bezel inlay also gives that bezel technical opportunity to be thin because with any other kind of inlay (Ceramic or Sapphire), bezel will be much thicker.
Happy Watch Hunting.