Hamtun Nanok – Day Date automatic watches you should own
In 2016 British microbrand Hamtun launched their first model, the titanium H1 dive watch. Raising over $220,000 in pre-orders, it was an unexpected hit.
They followed that in 2018 with the Neon automatic, their first model to feature a Swiss movement, and a second edition of the H1.
Now they are back again with the Nanok, and it’s the most interesting watch they’ve made yet.
Let’s talk about the technical specs first. Nanok features a Swiss made Sellita SW 240-1 automatic movement, a 39mm diamter case that’s just 10.6mm thick, BGW9 Super-LumiNova, and a flat sapphire crystal. So you can put a tick against all the “must-have” features.
Design wise, it’s an interesting mixture of classic and modern. The positioning of the date window at 6 gives the dial a beautiful symmetry, while the inky black dial contrasts nicely with the all-white hands.
What makes the Nanok really interesting though, is that it’s a full Day Date watch. Not the truncated day & date at the 3 position that you see so often, but the full day at 12, in the way made famous by Rolex. I can’t think of another company making watches of this type at a price point even close to this.
If that’s not enough, on top of that Hamtun are making the Nanok available with a scratch resistant coating for just £40 extra. They are marketing this model as a watch designed to last a lifetime, and while the coating won’t make the watch indestructible (and a 316L watch should last pretty well anyway), it’s an interesting option.
So what is that price point? Nanok started at £235 (about $300) on Kickstarter. Those slots went very fast, but it’s still available from £279 which represents astonishing value for money. If you can find anything in this style with a Swiss automatic movement at a price point even remotely close, I’d love to hear about it.