The New Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba 43mm Collection (Live Pics & Price)
Hamilton turns the aquatic Khaki Navy Scuba into a proper dive watch
Hamilton has a reputation for making functional and robust instrument watches for various conditions. Whether to be used in the air, on land or underwater, Hamilton offers something for all situations and all watch enthusiasts. To enhance its Khaki Navy Scuba watches, a collection that’s intended to be used in aquatic life, Hamilton introduces a new size with beefed-up specifications, now offering a respectable diver’s watch with all the necessary equipment. Here’s the new Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba 43mm collection.
The Khaki Navy Scuba has been in the collection for several years now, available in quartz or automatic versions with multiple styles on offer. Obviously, we’re going to disregard the quartz models and focus on the mechanical ones only. Various dial colours, a choice of straps or a steel bracelet, full black or two-tone bezel insert; plenty of options. It served as the entry-level range for diving themed watches by Hamilton, with two beefier big brothers; Frogman and BeLOWZERO.
With the introduction of the Khaki Navy Scuba 43mm the collection is expanded even further. The 43mm wide steel case has the same proportions and design as the smaller model, just bigger. It still features a unidirectional rotating bezel, but this time with a ceramic insert to match the dial. On top a sapphire crystal is fitted, while the closed caseback hides the movement from view. The screw-down crown is protected with two crown guards. The finishing of the case alternates between brushed and polished surfaces.
You have a choice for a full black dial or a rather cool gradient blue dial with a pronounced grained surface. Ranging from a lighter blue in the middle to midnight blue on the outer edges, this would be our preferred choice. Either of the two dials has applied hour markers and bold, highly legible hands. The seconds hand has been given a red tip for added contrast. The hour markers, hour and minute hands and the tip of the seconds hand are filled with Super-LumiNova. What strikes us as unusual is the 24h scale that’s printed on the dial, which seems out of place in this type of watch, but on the other hand, we’re talking about a no-date watch.
While the new case might share the same styling as its 40mm siblings, it corrects one detail that might previously have put off diving enthusiasts; the water resistance. Where the previous Khaki Navy Scuba was intended for beach life, or perhaps snorkelling at best with its 100m water resistance, the Khaki Navy Scuba 43mm will take you down to 300 meters.
Powering the Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba 43mm is the H-10 automatic movement, which is basically Swatch’s Powermatic 80 calibre shared by various brands within the Swatch Group. What stands out about this reliable movement is the lengthy power reserve of 80 hours and the anti-magnetic Nivachron balance spring. It runs at a frequency of 21,600vph (3Hz) and indicates hours, minutes and seconds through centrally mounted hands. The base movement comes with a date indication but Hamilton opted to leave it out of the Khaki Navy Scuba 43mm.
The Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba 43mm comes on either a matte black rubber strap with a pin buckle or on a steel bracelet with a folding clasp. The price is EUR 945 for all models regardless of the combination.
For more information, please visit Hamiltonwatch.com.
I guess it’s gonna have a terrible lug to lug distance like the Murph. In 40 mm case it have been perfect.
A bit big, a bit basic and a bit expensive nothing to make me want one with so much competition out there especially when you look at essentially the same thing from Certina
Love Hamilton but for thid price abit too meh. Tissot seastar very similar and nearly half price. That also had ceramic uni bezel and sapphire glass.
This watch is remarkable. For anyone who has tried one on, Omega and Tag Heuer have little over the finishing. It’s absolutely superb. The ceramic bezel is gorgeous and the dial fade from black to blue is also lovely. It has an in-house movement of course. The H80 is one of the finest three hander movements currently made. Its robustness and accuracy is a generation improved over the old movements ETA sell to their competitors, and also comes with an 80 hour mechanism. The bracelet and buckle are pure premium. Despite all of the above it still manages to look distinctive, like a Hamilton Khaki.
The real action in watches these days is the Hamilton, Norqain, Formex, Longines and Oris end of the market. The 2-5k brands are mostly stagnant and just can’t compete with this kind of perfection at under £1000