The Hamilton PSR is a revised and updated version of the Hamilton Pulsar from 1970. The Pulsar is synonymous with the wrist of Roger Moore who wore it while playing James Bond in Live and Let Die. However, it also found its way into the collections of Jack Nicholson, Joe Frazier, Elton John, and Keith Richards. It was a watch that always had a futuristic look, and Hamilton worked to continue that tradition with the introduction of the PSR in 2020.
The case of the PSR is made from stainless steel, but it has a level of execution that is hard to put into words until you experience it for yourself. It uses premium materials and has finishing that makes it almost peerless among digital watches. The dimensions are deceptive. At 13.5mm, it is relatively tall, but that height includes a box-style sapphire crystal that sits proud of the case. The same could be said for the lug-to-lug distance which is clearly more than the stated 34.7mm because of the integrated bracelet. Otherwise, it is a very simple design with just one button at the 3 o’clock position. The most ornate detail has been saved for the back of the watch where you will find an engraved image of a pulsar star.
The dial of the Hamilton PSR is a hybrid display that includes an LCD as well as an OLED display. The LCD display is a little dimmer but is an always-on display. In good light, you will always be able to see the time from the LCD. For more clarity, you can activate the OLED display by pushing the button on the side of the case. This activates the OLED display for a brighter and more vibrant display. This approach is infinitely more practical when compared to something like the Bulova Computron and its on/off display.
- Case Size: 41mm
- Case Thickness: 13.5mm
- Lug to Lug: 34.7mm
- Strap width: 24mm (integrated bracelet)
- Movement: Hamilton Quartz
- Power Reserve: N/a
- Water Resistance: 100m
- Crystal: Sapphire
The Swiss quartz movement in the PRS is powered by a CR2032 battery. They are easy to find and should give you plenty of life before you need to replace it. The PSR also has a built-in low battery warning that will flash the display to warn you when a replacement is needed. Best of all, because this is a quartz movement, it will be more accurate than any of the automatic watches in your collection.
In conclusion, the design of the Hamilton PSR is not for everyone, but if you appreciate the retro styling then this watch is bound to please. It has charm, character and whimsy. It’s a conversation piece. It’s also a really well-made watch that had a level of finishing that defies its price tag. It’s for these reasons, and many more, that we have no hesitation in selecting the Hamilton PRS as one of our top watch picks.
Video Review of the Hamilton PSR
Hamilton is a Swiss watch manufacturer. It was founded in 1892 as an American watch company but operates today as part of The Swatch Group. They made a name for themselves making watches for the US Army in World War II and now serve as one of the more affordable brands for watch collectors who are looking to acquire a Swiss-made watch. Hamilton watches have also appeared in movies like Pearl Harbor, Tenet, Interstellar, and more.