Hamilton has a solid reputation for its military-inspired watches covering land, air and sea. As a purveyor of accurate, robust watches to the American military since 1914, Hamilton’s timepieces have seen their fair share of action. The Navy was one of Hamilton’s biggest customers relying on the brand’s marine chronometers and later supplying water-resistant watches to American frogmen deployed in combat demolition units during WWII. The robust, water-resistant models, including the Scuba Auto, are housed in the brand’s Khaki Navy collection. Beefed up in 2021 with a larger 300m water-resistant case, the Scuba Auto was fitted with a ceramic insert on the bezel and a gradient dial. For 2023, Hamilton introduces a new 43mm Scuba Auto with a gradient green dial.
The Scuba Auto has always been the brand’s entry-level dive collection and is populated with more compact 37mm quartz and 40mm mechanical models with 100m water-resistant cases sitting alongside the larger collections like the 46mm Frogman Auto. In 2021 the collection was updated with larger 43mm, 300m water-resistant case sizes, new materials, new textures and the elimination of the date window. Identical to earlier iterations of the Scuba Auto with black, blue and white dials, the Scuba Auto now flaunts an attractive green gradient dial with a contemporary matte, granular texture.
Thanks to the screwed caseback and screw-down crown with two crown guards, the more robust and impermeable case makes it an ideal all-rounder, a tough sports watch that can handle almost any situation. The 43mm diameter and 12.58mm height give the watch an assertive presence. The case and bracelet are brushed for a sportier dynamic and feature contrasting polished areas on the crown, notched bezel and flanks of the central bracelet’s link.
The domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal is framed by the unidirectional dive bezel with its notched profile for a better grip. Matching the mossy green dial colour, the ceramic insert in the bezel is also green and is engraved with a 60-minute scale, an inverted triangle and a luminescent dot at noon.
Green Gradient Dial
Lighter in the centre and darker at the perimeter, the green gradient dial is matte and reveals a slightly grainy texture, in line with today’s trends. Legibility is excellent thanks to the large applied indices – triangular and circular – filled with Super-LumiNova and complemented by the hour and minute hands, which are also luminescent. The central seconds hand is further enhanced with a red-tipped luminous arrow. Although the date has been suppressed on the 43mm (not on the 40mm models), the dial retains the unusual 13-24h scale printed in white to match the peripheral track. A throwback to its military past, perhaps?
Below deck is the H-10 automatic movement, aka Swatch Group’s Powermatic 80. An evolution of the classic ETA 2824, the Powermatic has a lower 3Hz frequency and a revised kinetic chain extending the power reserve to 80 hours. It is also equipped with an anti-magnetic Nivachron balance spring.
Availability & Price
The Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto Green ref. H82525160 joins the other 43mm models, complementing the less water-resistant and date-bearing 40mm models. The price is a competitive CHF 995 or EUR 1,095 – the same as last year’s white dial model. For more information, please consult hamiltonwatch.com.