1969 Hamilton Chrono-Matic (Ref. 11002-3) Cal. 11

The Caliber 11 is one of the very first automatic chronograph movements ever produced. During the 1960s, many major watch brands were competing to reach this milestone first, and rivalries were high between Seiko, Zenith, and the Buren group, which was composed of Breitling, Heuer, and Hamilton. The Buren Group’s race to the automatic chronograph is said to have been secretly named ‘Project 99’ and once completed, the involved brands powered many of their various chronograph models with this highly innovative and groundbreaking movement. Cue the beloved and truly fantastic Hamilton Chrono-Matic.

In addition to being one of Hamilton’s most famous and best-looking chronograph models of all time, the Chrono-Matic ref. 11002-3 also holds the distinction of being one of the world’s very first automatic chronograph watches, as it debuted in 1969 - the very same year that the first self-winding chronograph movements were making their inaugural appearances. Featuring a two-register layout, a date display at 6 o’clock, and an integrated micro-rotor design, the Cal. 11 represented a major step forward for the world of chronographs and the Hamilton Chrono-Matic ref. 11002-3 is easily one of the most important models from the brand’s archives.

Stock # HTNCM110023-3
Brand Hamilton
Style Chrono-Matic
Model 11002-3
Serial N/A
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Blue
Millimeters 37
Strap 2pc Handmade Leather Strap


The strong case features crisp lines with thick, symmetrical lugs and gentle signs of use present. The watch retains its original Hamilton-signed crown and pump pushers. The case back retains all of its factory markings in fully present and original condition. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.


The first thing you notice about this watch is its stunning matte blue dial - and it would be impossible not to be captivated by this striking take on a classic design. The flat blue surface immediately attracts your eyes, while the way that it plays with the white text and lightly aged, silver tachymeter scale keeps them there. This particular example is in fantastic, near-perfect overall condition. The creamy patina tritium dots at the ends of the hour all remain intact with only the 3 o'clock plot exhibiting minor degradation when inspected under UV light. The original white hands pop off the dial and feature a matching tritium patina to the dial with no degradation present.


None. The watch is keeping time, but the service history is unknown. A movement service can be provided upon request.