Sometimes – yes, it does happen to us, watch snobs – we like to take a look at some watches that could be labelled “value propositions”. By that, we don’t mean just an accessible price but insist on outstanding value for money. And Swiss brand Hamilton will be launching something along these lines very soon: cool and historically relevant design, right proportions, mechanical movement (and hand-wound in addition to that) and with a very, very friendly price… Meet the new Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm.
The new Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm is inspired by a mid-20th-century model named the Hamilton “Hacked”. This weird name comes from the capacity of these watches to make the seconds hand stop when the crown is pulled – a feature that enabled military forces to synchronise their watches, even if it has now become an almost mandatory feature on most modern timepieces. To make a long story short, this new Hamilton watch is deeply inspired by vintage military watches created by the brand.
There are several very interesting points in this Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm. First of all, as indicated by its name, its case is nicely proportioned, with a reasonable diameter – reinforcing the vintage look. Also, the finishing of the case, entirely matte, is a fitting reference to military watches. The dial is in the same vein, with a typical double-hour scale (a large one from 0 to 12 and another one from 13 to 24). A black matte dial, large Arabic numerals, small luminous triangles at each hour, military-inspired hands, no date… Clearly, there’s a lot to love here. Hamilton even pushed the cool factor up a notch with the creamed-coloured indexes and hands, just like old tritium.
Affordable doesn’t mean poorly equipped either. Indeed, the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm is worn on a nice NATO strap with leather inserts. It features a sapphire crystal on the dial side and a decent water-resistance of 50m (a bit more would have been welcome though). Inside the case is the best part of this watch: a hand-wound ETA 2801-2 movement. Just like vintage watches, the “morning ritual” of winding your watch will be back. The movement is hidden behind a plain steel case back.
The Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm is a cool watch that focusses on the essentials: a vintage and military-inspired design, reasonable dimensions, a simple but reliable hand-wound movement and great details all around. And the best part of all… It is priced at EUR 420. That’s a lot of bang for your buck.
Only available on Hamilton’s e-shop – pre-orders opened, deliveries expected in February 2018.