There are times in life when a standard amount of French fries just won’t do. Or a measly two pairs of socks. Why should you settle? Go big. You, my friend, require a silo of deep-fried starch sticks with extra ketchup. Likewise, a 24-pack bale of tube socks is the minimum quantity to meet your current footwear needs. You know yourself better than anyone, and sometimes in life you just gotta say, “Screw it, supersize me”. Let others compromise.
Well, Hamilton has heard you. If you read the watch press on a regular basis, you’d be forgiven for thinking that every new watch release has a case under 39mm, and that vintage sizes are all anybody’s wearing these days. And you’d be wrong. Facts are facts, and along with opting for a watch with a date window, most buyers just flat-out prefer a larger case size. And by “most buyers”, I mean the overwhelming majority of customers, i.e, not watch nerds like me. Not for nothing, but a true tool watch is often necessarily bigger, especially when it comes to massively depth-rated divers. Welcome to the Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Automatic 46mm, the biggest, baddest, most capable stainless-steel dive watch in Hamilton’s current stable. And while it’s a spiritual evolution from Hamilton’s original WWII-era Frogman issued by the US Navy, the two couldn’t be further apart.
If you have any doubts about the real-world capabilities of the new Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Automatic 46mm , you need look no further than world champion freediver Pierre Frolla, a longtime Hamilton ambassador who tests the brand’s timepieces to the limit in the unforgiving depths of the sea. This is a man who dives to unfathomable (sorry) depths without the use of SCUBA tanks, so you can assume he knows of which he speaks. The Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Automatic 46mm ’s larger size is perfect for wearing over a wetsuit, and its bedrock-solid build quality and excellent legibility make it a no-brainer choice for most any adventure. A choice of finishes is always welcome, and I find myself leaning toward the stainless/khaki green for practicality, but the covert ops-ready black wins for undercover cool. If you prefer a bigger timepiece, the new Frogman delivers a lot to like, and a good bit of value too, at around $1200 USD for such a truly compelling option.
The Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Automatic 46mm is available now