Moritz Grossmann Introduces the Hamatic Vintage

Same ingenious caliber with a new, classical face.

The Moritz Grossmann Hamatic garnered a lot of attention upon its release last for being one of the most innovative and clever time-only automatic watches in recent years, with the central attraction being its cal. 106.0 movement equipped with a modern take on the anachronistic hammer winding mechanism.

Now Moritz Grossmann has unveiled the Hamatic Vintage, a limited edition of 25 that fixes one of the primary design weakness of the original – a modern logo that looked out of place – combined with a black dial and 18k white gold case.

The Hamatic Vintage

Initial Thoughts

The Hamatic Vintage takes a finely executed movement and pairs it with the most attractive dial yet.

The differences that set the Hamatic Vintage apart from the serial-production model lend the limited edition an entirely different aesthetic. While the standard version is a modern, perhaps youthful, interpretation of the classical dress watch, the Hamatic Vintage is the embodiment of old-world classicism – which is a fitting aesthetic for the movement.

If one criticism could be levelled at the design, it is that the exquisitely hand-finished hands are slightly too fine for the 41 mm case, though the incredibly narrow hands – which are hand made – are impressive works of artisanal craft in their own right.

The Hamatic Vintage is priced at a modest 7% premium over the serial-production model, which, considering the 25-piece production run and the more attractive dial, is a justifiable amount as these things go.

The cal. 106.0

Same calibre

At the heart of the Hamatic Vintage is the same, impressive movement. The movement relies on a large, egg-shaped pendulum that swings back and forth to wind the mainspring via a pair of pawls and wheels, essentially a modern version of the hammer-winding mechanism found in century pocket watches and early automatic wristwatches.

Hammer automatics were inefficient, which is why they were succeeded by the full-rotor automatic and largely remained a historical novelty. All of the weaknesses of the traditional hammer winding mechanism were addressed in the design of the cal. 106.0, making it as efficient as the average modern automatic according to the brand.

Amongst other things, the hammer’s center of gravity lies far from its pivot – each sits on opposite sides of the movement – greatly increasing the efficiency of the winding system. As a result, Moritz Grossmann claims a mere five-degree motion of the pendulum is sufficient to wind the mainspring.

The movement is elaborately finished in the traditional German, or Glashütte, style and features bridges made of German silver that are hand-engraved, jewels set in screwed gold chatons, solarisation on the mainspring barrel, and anglage everywhere, to list but some of the decorative techniques employed.

Hand engraving, jewels set in screwed chatons, and fine anglage

The dial of the Hamatic Vintage is fashioned after 19th-century pocket watches, right down to the Grossmann logo of 1875. It’s a glossy black that starts out as a German silver dial blank, which is then polished before a black-anthracite lacquer is applied. Along with the Roman numerals and railway minute track, the look is very much one that resembles a pocket watch.

The steel hands, though identical in form to the standard Hamatic, do not undergo the same heat-treatment that renders them a violet-brown hue, which has become something of a brand trademark. But the hands are no less finely finished – they are fabricated and finished by hand, ground and polished such that that seconds hand is a mere 0.1 mm wide at its slimmest point.

The 1875 Moritz Grossmann logo

The case is identical in size to other time-only Moritz Grossmann watches, meaning it is slightly large for a simple watch. It measures 41 mm in diameter and 11.35 mm high.

Key Facts and Price

Hamatic Vintage
Ref. MG-002708

Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 11.35 mm
Material: 18k white gold
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 30 m

Movement: Cal. 106.0
Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3 Hz)
Winding: Automatic
Power reserve: 72 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds

Strap: Alligator with pin buckle in white gold

Limited edition: Limited edition of 25 pieces
Price: €40,300, excluding VAT

For more, visit


Back to top.

You may also enjoy these.

Pandemic Truths – Shellman’s Yasuhiro Kojima

Tokyo's preeminent retailer of independent watchmaking and vintage timepieces.

One of the world’s most venerable retailers of vintage timepieces and independent watchmaking, Shellman in Ginza (pictured above) has long been a destination for horologically-inclined visitors to Tokyo. Shellman was founded in 1971 by Yoshi Isogai – the company name is a play on his last name, which loosely translates as “beach shellfish” – and is probably best known as the Japanese agent for Philippe Dufour and selling over half of the 200 first-run Simplicity watches.

Two years ago Shellman was acquired by Komehyo, a publicly-listed merchant that has taken the business of selling pre-owned luxury goods to a whole new level with spacious, sharply-appointed stores offering items in stellar condition.

Shellman is now the specialist-watch retail division of Komehyo, with six stores in Tokyo – including outposts in the city’s most prestigious department stores – and a diverse stable of independent watch brands, including Atelier de Chronometrie, Habring2, and Kudoke.

It’s run by Yasuhiro Kojima, a 15-year veteran of Komehyo’s watch department who joined Shellman shortly after the acquisition. We caught up with Mr Kojima recently to discuss the state of the business, especially in light of the pandemic.

Yasuhiro Kojima. Photo – Shellman

The interview has been edited for clarity and length.

What does your reopening look like?

We take basic measures such as hand sanitisation before entering the store, measuring body temperature when entering the store, increasing ventilation by opening the door and installing partitions.

A Shellman Instagram Live event demonstrating the “corona measures” taken by its stores. Photo – Shellman

How is the overall demand for mechanical watches at the moment?

I feel the same as before, but with everyone tired of staying at home, [demand has] started moving little by little. I also think prices are the same as before.

A mechanical watch that was in high demand in Japan thanks to Shellman

As everyone is talking about “phygital”, or physical and digital – what have you worked on during the shutdown?

Although we have not started working on “phygital”, we have started researching and considering online customer service and digital cataloging.

Has your e-commerce increased during this period? 

Sales in e-commerce such as online [primarily from domestic Japanese consumers] are not increasing. I feel that the number of inquiries from overseas has increased slightly, probably because the number of people who browse the internet at home has increased.

Have brands taken any steps to help you as a retailer? Perhaps channel sales to you from their e-commerce platform?

There were no agreements with brands that have e-commerce platform. But we was helped because we was able to do business and conduct after-sales service as usual.

Shellman in Mitsukoshi Ginza. Photo – Shellman

Did you rely more on tourists or locals? How is that going to play out with international travel restricted for the foreseeable future?

There are few or no visitors to Japan for the time being, so there is no alternative but to develop business centred on people who live locally, but [with the internet], we can maintain a relationship with overseas customers. I plan to ship overseas after the restrictions are lifted.

What trends do you see coming in retail for the future?

There are many customers who can not make a final decision without looking at the actual thing, so I think that there will be no disappearance of the brick-and-mortar store.

But I do think that the motivation for visiting the store will be online contact and social networks, so the first customer contact will shift to digital. Because of that, we need to think about how to express analogue products like mechanical watches in a meaningful digital manner, and also how to integrate digital public relations with physical customer service. One important factor is how carefully you choose the product offering.

Shellman’s independent watchmaking display within the Mitsukoshi department store in Nihombashi. Photo – Shellman

Do you see an increase in demand for independent watchmakers?

There is a constant demand for not only independent watchmakers but also products that are considered to be special watches; it has not increased or decreased compared to the past. However, but I believe that in the future, watches will be divided into two categories, one for the masses and one for specialists or enthusiasts.

As an independent retailer, how do you remain relevant in today’s market?

It’s about how you curate a product lineup, and to build a reputation as an store that conveys thought and enthusiasm as a bridge between customers and watchmakers.


Back to top.

You may also enjoy these.

Welcome to the new Watches By SJX.

Subscribe to get the latest articles and reviews delivered to your inbox.