Hamilton Fontainebleau (1968)
From 1968 until 1970 the Fontainebleau was a series of unique automatic watches of Hamilton. Most of the Fontainebleau line were big chunky watches like the one you see here. It has a Brevet waterproof case, sealed with a ring that holds the caseback.
This reference 64047-3 has a dark blue dial, a date window at six and is powered by the Hamilton 64A automatic movement (based on ETA 2542). The diameter of the watch measures 41mm but due to the thickness of only 11mm the watch wears small.
Fontainebleau caseback opener set
This Hamilton case opener set is used to fixate the casefront to be able to unscrew the ring at the caseback in order to lift the caseback and get acces to the movement.
Here you see the different Fontainebleau reference numbers this set is meant for.
The Hamilton Fontainebleau Chrono-Matic
The most famous and sought after Hamilton Fontainebleau is undoubtedly the Hamilton Fontainebleau Chrono-Matic. This iconic automatic chronograph watch had not only the remarkable form but more important was powered by the Chrono-Matic calibre.
One of world's first automatic chronograph was presented to the world in 1969 and was the product of a joint-venture of some of the then leading Swiss watch factories Hamilton-Buren, Heuer-Leonidas, Breitling and Dubois-Dépraz.
Definitely a grail watch when it comes to the Fontainebleau series of Hamilton and iconic 70's chronographs in general. Perhaps some day one will find it's way to me.
The Fontainebleau references
Reference Model Feature
1101 / 11001 Fontainebleau Chrono-Matic chronograph date
53026 Fontainebleau oval case no-date
64047 Fontainebleau oval case date
66002 Fontainebleau oval case day-date
79001 Fontainebleau oval case ladies date
64048 Fontainebleau square case date
66003 Fontainebleau square case day-date
04021 Fontainebleau square case ladies Slender-Matic
The reference numbers are followed by another nummer indicating the material of the case used. - 3 stainless steel, - 4 goldplated and - 8 gold.
Recently acquired: Fontainebleau - B (1968)
In the metal even more impressive despite of it's modest size. It only measures 35mm diameter but has a great wrist presence. And on the black lizzard leather strap a very stylish 60's dress watch. The horizontal hour markers on the gold dial really stand out.
The Fontainebleau B also comes in a stainless steel version and in day-date. I think this gold-plated date watch (ref, 64048-4) is the nicest configuration out there. A perfectly balanced dial combined with the richness that gold(plated) watches offer.