Hamilton Jazzmaster Thinline Small Second Quartz

The Hamilton Men’s Jazzmaster Thinline is a 42mm watch, but only 7mm thick, making the watch look sleeker—a fine-looking dress watch that’s simple and elegant. This watch is made of a stainless steel case, a silver dial, a sapphire crystal window, and an alligator leather band. The date window is at six o’clock, which is refreshing. First up in today’s Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic review is this popular leather strapped edition. It features a nice large 44mm stainless steel casing with a thickness of 10mm. The strap has a contrasting stitch finish and is made of a soft genuine leather in brown. It fastens with a traditional buckle style clasp. At the back of the Hamilton Jazzmaster is the open caseback to show the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. This open caseback is what “Viewmatic” means, you can view the movement and be amazed at this mechanical marvel. Apart from the slim casing, the sleekness of this Jazzmaster Viewmatic is contributed by its beautiful guilloche dial. The slim case of the Jazzmaster Thinline creates a clean, streamlined appearance that will make an impression in a light, subtle way, offering a traditional look that will never go out of style. The Small Second adds a level of complication that still fits neatly in the slimline case. Hamilton Jazzmaster Thinline Small Second Quartz
It’s always been said that time is money, and time can only truly be measured with a good quality watch. However, watches don’t only tell the time; they define who you are by making a statement on your behalf. Hence when purchasing one, it’s best to keep in mind that one size doesn’t fit all. This is why many of the leading watch brands have created variations of their famous timepieces to suit the needs of all customers, and Hamilton is no exception. As a leading watchmaker with its roots in the States, Hamilton is known to design some of the most sought after elegant pieces linked to America’s heritage. Below are 20 of their best Hamilton watches on the market.
Hamilton is a very well known Swiss watch company that has been producing beautifully designed highly function timepieces since 1893. They have a huge range of watches available for people who appreciate traditional wristwatch design. Whilst Hamilton tend to specialise in men’s watches they do have some ladies Hamilton watches available.
Below I’ve featured a selection of 7 very popular Hamilton Viewmatic Jazzmaster watches. A key feature of the Hamilton Viewmatic collection is that they all have exhibition style casebacks that allow you to take a look at the inner workings of the watch through the rear of the watch. This is one of my favourite features on a timepiece which is why I was looking forward to putting this list together

Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart 42mm

With its classic American flair paired with Swiss watchmaking precision, the Hamilton Jazzmaster collection embodies the best of both worlds.

Offering refined and sophisticated watches for men and women, the Hamilton Jazzmaster is reminiscent of the classic styles from the ‘20s and ‘40s with a contemporary twist. Evoking an elegant-sporty demeanour, it appeals to the younger urban professionals. And with its wide array of designs and functionalities — from quartz to chronograph, the Jazzmaster caters to every preference, style and occasion.

To illustrate, we have curated 10 of the most popular watches from the Hamilton Jazzmaster collection.
Although this Hamilton Jazzmaster Chrono for men has that eye-catching sporty vibe to it, it’s still appropriate for everyday wear in almost every occasion. It features a stainless steel 44mm case with a unidirectional bezel, a black dial, and a sapphire crystal.

Three chronograph sub-dials display 60 seconds, 30 minutes and 1/10th of a second functions. Powered by a Swiss quartz movement, its silver-toned hands run in a rhythmic motion against a contrasting black dial. This watch offers water-resistance of up to 100 metres, making it suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkelling, sailing and other water sports.
Simple and unassuming, this Hamilton Jazzmaster Lady model will appeal to the sensible and pragmatic hearts. The 34mm Quartz watch is made with stainless steel, promising maximum comfort and durability. High on versatility, the watch features a simple black dial with wide Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock. A delicate date window also peeks at 3 o’clock. The minimalistic design ensures that the dial is easy to read at a single glance.

With a design that has endured the test of time, the Jazzmaster Lady exudes understated elegance. This is a piece that we know we will wear over and over again, whether to the office or for a Saturday brunch date. Combined with its reasonable price tag, we are completely sold on this classy timepiece.
The unique Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart is designed to let the exposed mechanism of the watch do the talking. Featuring an open heart dial and driven by the Calibre H-10 movement, this version is an attractive and understated watch.

The 42mm stainless case is ideal for everyday wear. Despite its open heart dial, this watch is as durable and robust as it gets. The scratchproof sapphire crystal and anti-reflective coating play a role in its toughness. What’s more, it has a water resistance of up to 50 metres. This is one highly recommended timepiece for the trendy and fashionable gentleman.
With its open heart dial with a mother-of-pearl design, the Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart offers endless fascination for the ladies. The open heart design mesmerises onlookers with the complexities of its Calibre H-10 automatic movement. Offering unrivalled reliability and precision, the watch promises an impressive 80-hour power reserve – a testament to how strength and beauty complement and complete one another.

Elegantly crafted, this 34mm delicate and feminine timepiece comes with a white leather strap. Designed for ladies who appreciate the finer things in life, the Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart is a unique and classy watch perfect for everyday wear.
If you are in the market for a dress watch with a minimalist and classy design, then the Hamilton Jazzmaster Thinline is worth checking out. It is a slim dress watch with a 40mm case and a quartz movement.

The simple, white dial features gold-tone hands and indexes, as well as a black sub-dial that displays the seconds. A brown leather band with an alligator pattern adds a vintage touch to the sophisticated design. What’s more, this dress watch is water-resistant up to 50 metres.
The Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic is a quartz watch driven by the Calibre F05.111 movement. Made of stainless steel, the 34mm gold case encloses a gleaming brown dial. Sleek gold hands, indented hour markers and a small date window decorate the dial, creating a sophisticated and highly readable watch face. To complete the look, the watch features a brown satin strap with a pin buckle.

With its deep brown and gold hues, the Jazzmaster Viewmatic radiates a timeless charm. This is a classy timepiece that we can never get tired of.
The Hamilton Jazzmaster Traveler GMT with its second time zone brings the Jazzmaster line to a new horizon. Being the only Jazzmaster model offering a GMT function, this is one watch you shouldn’t miss.

From the materials used for the case and strap to the care of workmanship, design details make this product indispensable for those who love the genre. On its white dial, three chronograph sub-dials and a date aperture at 4 o’clock are visible. Running on the H-10 calibre movement, this watch comes with an elegant beige leather strap. With its understated and sophisticated design, this dress watch is perfect for everyday wear.
At only 30mm, the Hamilton Jazzmaster Lady is a petite and delicate timepiece that will look flattering on any lady’s wrist. Driven by the Calibre 2671 movement, the stainless steel watch is sure to keep a close watch on the passing of time. A reliable and dependable watch, it also features water resistance of up to 50 metres.

With its silver and gold tones, the watch achieves a timeless, classic look that is enhanced by elegant Roman numerals. The mother-of-pearl dial features a wave pattern, which adds a unique twist to the classic timepiece. Effortlessly elegant, this is an easy-to-style watch that you will not regret owning.
Fancy an eye candy? The Hamilton Jazzmaster GMT Auto is a real eye-catching timepiece with its brown and grey dial with the world map motif. The watch features a 42mm case with luminous sleek silver hands and 24-hour markers. With an enhanced feature with a second GMT and world time zone functions, this watch is a perfect choice for globetrotters and business travellers.

Running on the ETA 2893-2 calibre movement, this Hamilton Jazzmaster GMT Auto comes with a water resistance of up to 50 metres. To complete its look, it comes with a brown cow-leather strap with grained imitation alligator and a folding clasp. This stylish Swiss-made timepiece with a global theme is sure to complete any man’s watch collection.
The Hamilton Jazzmaster Automatic takes on a monochromatic white design with its stainless steel case and white leather strap. The 37mm watch features a minimalistic white dial with silver hands and a small date window at the 3 o’clock position. Embellished with 72 diamonds, the silver-toned bezel creates a dazzling look which adds a touch of excitement to the overall minimalistic design.

Behind, a see-through caseback reveals an intricate automatic movement. The Swiss-made Calibre 2824-2 is the driving force behind the watch, offering a power reserve of 38 hours. With its sleek and clean design, the Hamilton Jazzmaster promises to be your favourite go-to accessory for effortless elegance.

Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto Copy Watch

The funny thing about memories is how malleable they can be. As time passes, details expand, disappear, shift, congeal, until the way we remember something — individually or collectively — may no longer be exactly the way it happened.

The Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic is an example of this for me personally. And, as I was researching to prepare to write this review, I found that it also an example of collective memory shifting.

If you had asked me three weeks ago how I came to add the Jazzmaster to my collection, I probably would have answered along the lines of “it was the Swiss watch that I always had targeted as the one I had to have, as far back as I can remember.” In going back and trying to retrace my steps via purchases and searches, however, my better guess now is that, as with the Orient Mako and the Vostok Amphibia (the first “real” automatics I ever bought), my desire for the Jazzmaster Viewmatic was heavily influenced by the time I spent on men’s style blogs and forums in the early 2010’s. It was frequently the “first Swiss watch” recommendation in men’s style land — and with good reason.

The same reason the Viewmatic was so often recommended was the reason I bought it and the reason why it will probably always be in my collection: it’s just difficult to find a better value watch (at least in its price range) offering the level of attention to detail that Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto does in the Viewmatic. Two specific examples of this level of detail are the incorporation of the “H” motif in both the links of the bracelet and in the guilloche in the center of the dial. Guilloche itself at this price point isn’t common, nor is such customized bracelet design. The applied indices and numerals, the smooth silver track the indices are set on, and even the double-bordered date window are also elements that add to the finely-finished feel of the watch.
I was able to pick up my Jazzmaster Viewmatic for a great deal on eBay (seller listed it only as a “Viewmatic” instead of including the more popular “Jazzmaster”). Its scratches and little dings show the use that the previous owner and myself have put on it, and if I were forced to reduce my current collection to a single watch, it would be close between this and my Tudor BB36. On bracelet the Viewmaster is very versatile; a perlon makes it a bit more casual, while a leather croc-print dresses it up a bit more. I’ve worn this watch with a suit for dressy occasions and with shorts to a summertime barbeque. It’s certainly not a tool watch, but for everything from smart casual to business suits it works nicely.

My dive back into my personal history with this watch raised my curiosity regarding the overall history of the watch. My sense of the watch had been that it had just “always” been around — if you had asked me for a specific decade, I probably would have guessed the Jazzmaster line was introduced in the 1970’s or 1980’s. But is that the case?

It’s fairly difficult to find information regarding the history of the Jazzmaster from Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto itself, at least online. I suspect this may be because one of the Swatch Group’s strengths is creating and telling the stories it wants behind its watches, and Hamilton in particular is good at creating “stories” of its watches that are vague but convey a sense of just “always having been there” (see their “American Classic” and “Timeless Classic” taglines) — an advantage for a brand that has gone from an American company leading the watch industry to an entry-to-mid-level brand of a Swiss conglomerate.

As best as I can determine, from forum mentions and old media mentions, the Jazzmaster line was actually introduced in the mid-2000’s. The earliest buyer reviews I found were from late 2005. But here’s where things get more interesting.
Look familiar? That’s the Linwood Viewmatic, which appears to be the immediate predecessor to the Jazzmaster Viewmatic. It appears that in the mid-2000’s, Hamilton made a few design tweaks to the Viewmatic and then possibly used it to launch the Jazzmaster line. (This TimeZone post on the difference between the “similar” Linwood and Jazzmaster models appears to confirm the rough timeline, at least: as of February 2007, “Linwood is an older model; Jazzmaster 2-3 years old,” and “I think that jazzmaster replaced the linwood.”)

When and where did the Linwood first appear? We can find references to use of the Linwood Viewmatic in movies as far back as 1998 (in Lethal Weapon 4). However, the Linwood story goes back even further.

According to Tom Adelstein’s great site Vintage-Hamilton-Wristwatches (which was very helpful in researching this topic), the Linwood name was one that Hamilton used for models going back to 1938. However, in the mid-1990’s, Swatch Group’s Hamilton used a newly-designed Linwood to re-launch itself as a global, Swiss-designed brand. Please go take a look at Adelstein’s full post and the photos of that Linwood that he has. While the design has differences, many of the cues from today’s Jazzmaster Viewmatic are already present: the way the lugs join the case, the guilloche center of the dial, the silver index track, and the “Hamilton” nameplate are all there.

[Another interesting tidbit I learned from Adelstein’s site: prior to the mid-1990’s brand re-launch, Hamilton was issuing a number of “Registered Edition” models, which involved using the original manufacturing casts of old Hamilton models to make new watches. Hamilton was way out in front of the current “heritage” model craze, it seems.]

One thing I was still curious about, in my search for the headwaters of the modern Jazzmaster Viewmatic: were any of the design cues taken from Hamilton’s back catalog in any substantial way? To be sure, the Jazzmaster Viewmatic is unmistakably a modern watch design (thanks to its size and the shape of its crown guards, among other factors) and various aspects of the design (dauphine hands, guilloche, teardrop/dart/dagger indices, 12-6-9 numerals, seconds track) have been used in plenty of watches by various brands, but I was curious whether there were any specific vintage Hamilton models that carried several of these cues together in a recognizable way.
So I headed on over to another great vintage Hamilton site, “HandyDan” Keefe’s HamiltonChronicles.com, and spent a while browsing around the hundreds of examples of vintage Hamilton watches there to try to identify any models that foreshadowed the Viewmatic. It appears the strongest resemblance belongs to watches in the “Automatic K” line of the mid-1950’s through early 1960’s. The closest is probably this 1954 Automatic K-400 cld (the advertisement illustration looks like it could be for an early Viewmatic), followed by a 1955 K-501. The 1960 Thinline 5000 shows some similarities, and this 1955 K-375 seems to share one of the most interesting little details of the Jazzmaster Viewmatic: the uneven “12” where the “1” is positioned slightly higher than the “2.”

Short of confirmation from Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto designers from the mid-1990’s, we’ll probably never know for sure whether they specifically looked to Hamilton’s back-catalogue in updating Hamilton’s design language for the brand’s re-launch with the Viewmatic, but it’s clear that the elements used could be found in Hamilton’s DNA back into the 1950’s.

One last story from my research that speaks to Hamilton’s/Swatch Group’s ability to create the stories behind their watches — even to the extent of rewriting history. In the course of researching, I came across this 2008 forum post that referred to the Linwood Viewmatic and said “This staple of the Hamilton vintage line-up was reputedly worn by President John F. Kennedy.” Given what I’d already discovered about the origin and dating of the Viewmatic, this sounded strange. So I started searching for information about this claim. I found another forum post that repeated the claim (along with a 2006 quote from the head of product management at Hamilton at the time), with some skepticism expressed given the dating of the Viewmatic. I also found the following reference in a French travel guide to California by Le Routard:
Now we have two impressive, if somewhat doubtful, claims. The first, that a majority of American actors have worn Hamilton watches. (While Hamilton’s Hollywood marketing efforts are impressive, a majority of actors is, uh, a lot.) The second is again the Kennedy Linwood Viewmatic claim. Where did this claim that Kennedy wore a watch in 1963 that wouldn’t be designed for three decades originate?

Well, I think I found the likely source. Apparently, a 1999 French film called Kennedy et Moi involved a main character who becomes obsessed with the possibility that his psychiatrist’s wristwatch – a (you guessed it) Linwood Viewmatic – was worn by Kennedy the day of his assassination. Like a game of telephone, Hamilton’s product placement in this film has now led to the assertion that the Viewmatic was worn by Kennedy.

(For the record, there are a number of articles on JFK’s actual watches to be read. The consensus seems to be that he was wearing a Cartier the day of his assassination, although there is disagreement in the articles I found as to whether it was a tank or a round Cartier.)

hamilton khaki field mechanical Copy Watch AAA

Hamilton announced the release of the hamilton khaki field mechanical 38mm back in November, a remake of their American military field watch from the 1960s. Initially only available in Japan, the Khaki Field Mechanical came stateside earlier this year. As with most watch releases, I came across photos while scrolling through Instagram and it stopped me dead in my tracks. This military reissue wasn’t on my radar, but I was intrigued! At the time, I was only familiar with Hamilton’s Intramatic, so I had to embark on a crash course in Hamilton khaki history.

Hamilton Watches was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and long served as a reminder of the heyday in US watchmaking. Over the years, they became an esteemed supplier to the US Armed Forces while also still maintaining a long-standing relationship with Hollywood, which dates back to Elvis Presley.

As the story goes, Hamilton was sold to SSIH (Swatch Group) in 1974 and the factories were relocated to Switzerland in 2003. As such, the proverbial nail was hammered into the American watchmaking coffin. Fast forward to today, Hamilton sticks to 7 core lines: Jazzmaster, American Classic, Ventura, Broadway, Khaki Field, Khaki Aviation, and Khaki Navy.
The Khaki Field Mechanical, as you probably guessed, resides in the Khaki Field collection. The collection consists of military inspired watches that offer slight tweaks to the MIL-W-3818B specification. As a whole, the  hamilton khaki field mechanical   collection consists of 14 watches ranging in complications (day, date, chronograph) and aesthetics (dial colors and case sizes); not quite to Tudor Black Bay ridiculousness, but they are a bronze and tourbillion away from matching their SKU output. Pricing for the different models range between $395 and $1,795, with most falling under the 1k mark

.After fully acquainting myself with Hamilton and the Khaki Field lineup, I was certain the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical fit the bill. Shortly after stalking the watch on Instagram, I made the purchase directly through the Hamilton online store. A few short days after clicking “Buy”, the box appeared on my doorstep, ready for its initial unveiling. It was a little anticlimactic at first. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t taken aback by the small size of the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical’s 38mm case.
I’m used to big, bulky dive watches that range in size from 42-44mm. If you also prefer chunky dive watches, the smaller size may surprise you too. So naturally, when I first strapped the watch to my wrist, I had a little buyer’s remorse. The 38mm Khaki Field case just seemed a bit dainty. So, I decided to place the watch on my desk to periodically contemplate and admire from afar. After a few weeks, I mustered up the courage, removed the stickers, and strapped it to my wrist.
The specification was created by the US Department of Defense back in the early 60s. The dial layout, brushed steel case finish, hacking capability, and inscription on the case back served as specs to create an American military field watch. All MIL-W-3818B Military watch requirements served a practical purpose, with special attention to legibility and durability. While a number of brands won the rights to production, the most known are Benrus, Hamilton, and Timex.
Luckily, Hamilton increased the case size from the original’s unbearable 34mm to a tolerable 38mm for the Khaki Field Mechanical reissue. While the uptick in size may seem substantial, 38mm is still small by today’s standards. The lug to lug is 47mm, which is the same as the Seiko SRP, but the length of the lugs is about 1mm longer on the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical H69429931. The proportions work and create a completely different wear than the aforementioned SRP. It took time, but I grew to appreciate the condensed size.
The lugs are 20mm in width, which is perfect when compared to its predecessor. Most vintage military watches have 18mm lug width or smaller. But you’re in luck, having 20mm lugs means that the Khaki Field Mechanical will fit most of the straps you’ve accumulated over the years. Unless of course, your collection consists primarily of 22mm Seikos.

The Khaki Field Mechanical also has drilled lugs, which allows for quick strap changes. This functionality may go unused, since this watch was built for a nylon strap, but it offers versatility over inferior fixed spring bars. Due to the gap in the case and spring bars, one piece straps look better than their two piece adversaries.
Though the crown is signed with a Hamilton “H”, it doesn’t screw down. The absence of screw down capabilities limits the watch to 5 ATM (50m). Most collectors own a dive watch, which would be more suitable for any underwater activities. This doesn’t limit the usefulness, but I would err on the side of caution when submerging the watch.
The case back bears the Hamilton logo and name, in addition to “Swiss Made”, depth rating, model number, and “35X PSQ HPO”. I would have preferred the mil-spec numbers used on the original. A small quip, since more times than not, a one-piece strap will block my view of the case back anyway.
The Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical’s dial closely resembles its predecessor (with the addition of the Hamilton branding below 12 o’clock). The original also had a sterile dial, which provided an uncluttered look. The Hamilton name is noticeable on the current model, but doesn’t take away from the dial layout or its overall balance. Would it have been nice without the name? Absolutely! Does the dial look bad with it? Not at all! That is a matter of preference and possibly my self-proclaimed purist ideals.
This is currently the only available watch in the Khaki Field collection devoid of a date window. The omission creates balance, a clean look, and an overall nod to the original watch. If I had to choose between a sterile dial with date window or this configuration, my money goes to this configuration every time.
Now, let’s tackle that elephant in the room… aged lume. Many brands have experimented with faux patina to create vintage appeal. In my opinion, Hamilton found a nice balance and had a little luck on their side for the Khaki H69429931. Only a limited amount was needed on the triangle hour marks, minute and hour hands, and the tip of the seconds hand. The faux patina is noticeable, but the limited usage makes it subtle. A successful reissue requires the balance of a vintage look that also provides modern capabilities. In this case, visibility at night.
The Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical takes on a completely different appeal in the darkness, a detail lacking in most vintage timepieces (as lume has a shelf life and dissipates after decades of use). While in the daylight the dial can be a little crowded with all the numbers and minute track, when the lights go out the lume on the hour markers and hands displays a cleaner, less cluttered look. My only gripe is that the 12 o’clock isn’t differentiated from the other hour markers; an unfortunate hassle for the foggy-eyed dad of a wakeful toddler in the middle of the night.
Powering the Khaki Field Mechanical is an ETA 2801-2. Most people are familiar with the 2824 used in a wide range of watches these days. The main differences between the 2801 and 2824 are the 2801’s lack of a date window and mechanical only movement, both nods to the original. The lack of automatic functionality forces the user to interact with the watch on a daily basis, creating a unique bond that many avid collectors will appreciate.

If you don’t wind the watch, it will stop telling you the time. It’s kind of like feeding a Tamagotchi, except pure negligence doesn’t turn the Khaki Field Mechanical into a paperweight. Rest assured, the crown won’t turn when fully wound, preventing the wearer from over winding and causing damage to the movement. Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical ReviewBy: Dave HardmanHamilton announced the release of the Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm back in November, a remake of their American military field watch from the 1960s. Initially only available in Japan, the Khaki Field Mechanical came stateside earlier this year. As with most watch releases, I came across photos while scrolling through Instagram and it stopped me dead in my tracks. This military reissue wasn’t on my radar, but I was intrigued! At the time, I was only familiar with Hamilton’s Intramatic, so I had to embark on a crash course in Hamilton khaki history.Hamilton Watches was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and long served as a reminder of the heyday in US watchmaking. Over the years, they became an esteemed supplier to the US Armed Forces while also still maintaining a long-standing relationship with Hollywood, which dates back to Elvis Presley.
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As the story goes, Hamilton was sold to SSIH (Swatch Group) in 1974 and the factories were relocated to Switzerland in 2003. As such, the proverbial nail was hammered into the American watchmaking coffin. Fast forward to today, Hamilton sticks to 7 core lines: Jazzmaster, American Classic, Ventura, Broadway, Khaki Field, Khaki Aviation, and Khaki Navy.

The Khaki Field Mechanical, as you probably guessed, resides in the Khaki Field collection. The collection consists of military inspired watches that offer slight tweaks to the MIL-W-3818B specification. As a whole, the Khaki Field collection consists of 14 watches ranging in complications (day, date, chronograph) and aesthetics (dial colors and case sizes); not quite to Tudor Black Bay ridiculousness, but they are a bronze and tourbillion away from matching their SKU output. Pricing for the different models range between $395 and $1,795, with most falling under the 1k mark

.After fully acquainting myself with Hamilton and the Khaki Field lineup, I was certain the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical fit the bill. Shortly after stalking the watch on Instagram, I made the purchase directly through the Hamilton online store. A few short days after clicking “Buy”, the box appeared on my doorstep, ready for its initial unveiling. It was a little anticlimactic at first. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t taken aback by the small size of the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical’s 38mm case.

I’m used to big, bulky dive watches that range in size from 42-44mm. If you also prefer chunky dive watches, the smaller size may surprise you too. So naturally, when I first strapped the watch to my wrist, I had a little buyer’s remorse. The 38mm Khaki Field case just seemed a bit dainty. So, I decided to place the watch on my desk to periodically contemplate and admire from afar. After a few weeks, I mustered up the courage, removed the stickers, and strapped it to my wrist.

So let’s talk MIL-W-3818B:The specification was created by the US Department of Defense back in the early 60s. The dial layout, brushed steel case finish, hacking capability, and inscription on the case back served as specs to create an American military field watch. All MIL-W-3818B Military watch requirements served a practical purpose, with special attention to legibility and durability. While a number of brands won the rights to production, the most known are Benrus, Hamilton, and Timex.

What about the Case?Luckily, Hamilton increased the case size from the original’s unbearable 34mm to a tolerable 38mm for the Khaki Field Mechanical reissue. While the uptick in size may seem substantial, 38mm is still small by today’s standards. The lug to lug is 47mm, which is the same as the Seiko SRP, but the length of the lugs is about 1mm longer on the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical H69429931. The proportions work and create a completely different wear than the aforementioned SRP. It took time, but I grew to appreciate the condensed size.

The lugs are 20mm in width, which is perfect when compared to its predecessor. Most vintage military watches have 18mm lug width or smaller. But you’re in luck, having 20mm lugs means that the Khaki Field Mechanical will fit most of the straps you’ve accumulated over the years. Unless of course, your collection consists primarily of 22mm Seikos.The Khaki Field Mechanical also has drilled lugs, which allows for quick strap changes. This functionality may go unused, since this watch was built for a nylon strap, but it offers versatility over inferior fixed spring bars. Due to the gap in the case and spring bars, one piece straps look better than their two piece adversaries.

Though the crown is signed with a Hamilton “H”, it doesn’t screw down. The absence of screw down capabilities limits the watch to 5 ATM (50m). Most collectors own a dive watch, which would be more suitable for any underwater activities. This doesn’t limit the usefulness, but I would err on the side of caution when submerging the watch.

The case back bears the Hamilton logo and name, in addition to “Swiss Made”, depth rating, model number, and “35X PSQ HPO”. I would have preferred the mil-spec numbers used on the original. A small quip, since more times than not, a one-piece strap will block my view of the case back anyway.

On to the Dial:The Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical’s dial closely resembles its predecessor (with the addition of the Hamilton branding below 12 o’clock). The original also had a sterile dial, which provided an uncluttered look. The Hamilton name is noticeable on the current model, but doesn’t take away from the dial layout or its overall balance. Would it have been nice without the name? Absolutely! Does the dial look bad with it? Not at all! That is a matter of preference and possibly my self-proclaimed purist ideals.

This is currently the only available watch in the Khaki Field collection devoid of a date window. The omission creates balance, a clean look, and an overall nod to the original watch. If I had to choose between a sterile dial with date window or this configuration, my money goes to this configuration every time.

Now, let’s tackle that elephant in the room… aged lume. Many brands have experimented with faux patina to create vintage appeal. In my opinion, Hamilton found a nice balance and had a little luck on their side for the Khaki H69429931. Only a limited amount was needed on the triangle hour marks, minute and hour hands, and the tip of the seconds hand. The faux patina is noticeable, but the limited usage makes it subtle. A successful reissue requires the balance of a vintage look that also provides modern capabilities. In this case, visibility at night.

The Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical takes on a completely different appeal in the darkness, a detail lacking in most vintage timepieces (as lume has a shelf life and dissipates after decades of use). While in the daylight the dial can be a little crowded with all the numbers and minute track, when the lights go out the lume on the hour markers and hands displays a cleaner, less cluttered look. My only gripe is that the 12 o’clock isn’t differentiated from the other hour markers; an unfortunate hassle for the foggy-eyed dad of a wakeful toddler in the middle of the night.

How’s the Movement?Powering the Khaki Field Mechanical is an ETA 2801-2. Most people are familiar with the 2824 used in a wide range of watches these days. The main differences between the 2801 and 2824 are the 2801’s lack of a date window and mechanical only movement, both nods to the original. The lack of automatic functionality forces the user to interact with the watch on a daily basis, creating a unique bond that many avid collectors will appreciate.If you don’t wind the watch, it will stop telling you the time. It’s kind of like feeding a Tamagotchi, except pure negligence doesn’t turn the Khaki Field Mechanical into a paperweight. Rest assured, the crown won’t turn when fully wound, preventing the wearer from over winding and causing damage to the movement.
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Case• 38mm x 47mm x 9.5mm – Unique and refreshing vintage-inspired case shape that may take some getting used toDial• Classic military style dial readout prioritizing legible functionality – aged lume can be divisiveStrap• Includes green NATO with leather accents – style may not be for all but case is designed to fit NATOs, so you have strap combo optionsMovement• ETA 2801-2 manual wind movement – 42 hour power reserve and averaged +2.7/4.7 seconds per dayIn my short time with the Khaki Field Mechanical, it appears that the more frequently the watch is wound, the higher the accuracy. For the week of wear, the watch ran at +0.8 sec/day, well within COSC. The watch ranged from +2.7 to +4.7 seconds daily, with the exception of the day it ran at -8 seconds when I forgot to periodically wind. The 42-hour power reserve provides some breathing room, but I’d recommend winding once in the morning and at night for timing accuracy.I wouldn’t claim this watch is as simple as a quartz “Grab & Go,” but the lack of date window and big crown make it conceivable that you can set the time quicker than any day/date automatic watch. So if you don’t own a quartz watch, this could offer similar ease on the go.
Hamilton delivered a well-executed military reissue in the  hamilton khaki field mechanical  H69429931. They replicated the vintage charm of the original and re-imagined it to today’s tastes. The final product is a modern field watch ready for daily wear. If I could make a couple minor changes, I would start with a sterile dial and use the military inscription format on the case back – both features that are present on the original. Purists may argue, “at that point do a complete 1:1 reissue,” which is a justified argument.
I just don’t believe this watch would have been as successful in the original 34mm case. The small size would’ve been an immediate deal breaker. Additional changes I might add would include a screw down crown and a way to differentiate the 12 o’clock lume at night. Those issues probably lie with DoD’s original MIL-W-3818B specs, not Hamilton, but I digress. Life is about compromises and I’m fine with trading these minor shortcomings for a Hamilton with a 38mm case and 20mm lugs.

The  hamilton khaki field mechanical   MSRP is $475, which includes a strap (green nato, leather accents, Hamilton buckle) and a soft gray pashmina. The green strap looks great, but I found it irritated my skin; bit of a bummer. The pashmina, on the other hand, is extremely soft and my wife took a liking to it. The overall reception from the #watchfam has been positive, with slight availability issues due to popularity. Hamilton isn’t limiting production; so waiting shouldn’t preclude you from enjoying this watch, which can be purchased through 
For the money, you would be hard pressed to find a Swiss Made watch with military ties and as rich a history for less than $500. Watch brands continue to open their archives and tap into their storied pasts. I grit my teeth knowing the Swiss paid for it’s American heritage, but I won’t take this out on the Khaki Field Mechanical. I can put my patriotism aside and appreciate the watch in all its American military glory. I see you Mr. Hamilton III and appreciate your peace offering

(Editor’s Note: the reviewer’s mention of “Mr. Hamtilton III” is in reference to the bizarre predilection and practice we have on the Two Broke Watch Snobs Podcast of attributing fictionally outrageous (but plausible) names to watch brand owners… Mr. Cornelius Squale IV, Sir. Barron von Mido Esq, Rutherford Rado the Impaler, etc.).

Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Quartz

It’s fair to say that Hamilton is a brand that’s a Worn & Wound staple. We cover them frequently and are genuinely big fans of their catalog, from retro military inspired pieces, to sporty chronographs, and their many watches with connections to film. But there are still a lot of watches under the Hamilton banner that we haven’t had a chance to talk about on the site for one reason or another – it speaks to the scope and breadth of the brand itself. Today, we’re looking at two new releases from Hamilton in categories that perhaps don’t get the attention that some of their other lines see, but we think are still worth talking about.
First up is the latest watch in the Jazzmaster series, with a skeleton dial in multiple colorways. The Jazzmaster line features watches in a variety of styles with a contemporary sensibility that play off of updated mid-century design cues. They often have a classic starting point, and are then tweaked slightly to achieve a more modern style. The new Jazzmaster Skeleton is a great example. Here we have a case with vintage inspired lines (notice the gently curved lugs) measuring 40mm in diameter, with a dramatic skeletonized dial that incorporates Hamilton’s “spiky H” design. It’s a fun way to connect Hamilton’s past with a look that’s decidedly of the moment.
The Jazzmaster Skeleton is available with a black or white dial, with nickeled hour and minute hands accompanying the former, and a blue handset paired with the latter. There’s also a rose gold PVD version of the watch, with matching applied hour markers and hands. The Jazzmaster is available on a five link stainless steel bracelet or leather strap.

Powering the Jazzmaster Skeleton (and visible from the front and back of the watch) is the H-10-S automatic caliber, with 80 hours of power reserve. Over three days of power is a great feature in any mechanical watch – something that you don’t appreciate until you pick it up after a long weekend to find that it’s still running and keeping time.
Next up, the Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Quartz. Here we have a diver with, 100 meters of water resistance, a rotating dive bezel, and a quartz movement keeping worry free time. While this watch might not be an enthusiast favorite, it’s worth pointing out, I think, as a well made and nicely designed watch for someone who, quite simply, just wants a watch. The Khaki Navy Scuba Quartz will go anywhere and do anything (as long as it’s not more than 100 meters under the surface of the ocean) and has design cues borrowed from some of the most loved watches of the past. Dials are either black or gray, and have a subtle sunburst pattern radiating from the watch’s center. The gray version stands out to me, with a “ghosted” look on both the dial and bezel.
My favorite feature of this one is the size, with a diameter of 37mm. Hamilton markets the watch as unisex, and I can see it meeting the needs of just about anyone who is after an attractive and easy to wear sports watch this summer (and beyond) that won’t break the bank.

Replica Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba

This year, Hamilton has upgraded its Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba dive watch collection with a new ceramic bezel and added water-resistance.

The Khaki Navy Scuba dive watch comes in a larger 43 mm x 12.58 mm stainless steel case (the existing model measures 40 mm) with a ceramic bezel insert that’s either black or blue, matched to the dial color. There’s a choice of a black dial with a steel bracelet, a black dial with a rubber strap, and a blue dial with a steel bracelet. The lug width is 22 mm.
A new higher water resistance rating of 300 meters is presumably the result of the larger, reinforced, case and gaskets. The Khaki Navy Scuba dive watch comes with a sapphire crystal that protects the dial and a screw-down crown and caseback. Inside is a 4Hz ETA-based automatic movement with a Nivachron balance spring and an 80-hour power reserve.
Compared to the existing Khaki Scuba, Replica Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba added a textured “knockdown” surface to the dial of the new 43 mm automatic Khaki Scuba, and mixed in circular applied hour markers along with triangular markers at the poles (12, 3, 6, 9). The tipless Dauphine-shaped steel hour and minute hands remain virtually unchanged, and the red arrow-tipped center seconds hand is the same as well. However, the printed white chapter ring has been reduced in size and the date aperture was removed altogether, making for a cleaner more refined look.
The new 2021 Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba will be available beginning June 2021. (Ref. H82515130 – black dial steel bracelet, H82505140 – blue dial steel bracelet, H82515330 – black dial with rubber strap)
Hamilton’s Khaki Navy collection comprises well-appointed, rugged sports watches designed for aquatic environments. For 2021, Hamilton has dropped a couple of new and improved variations of the Khaki Navy Scuba Auto. Let’s have a quick look.
Being a dive watch, the face on the new Khaki Auto Navy watches is functional and highly legible. And, while the layout looks familiar, Hamilton has made a few key improvements that have refined the overall look of the watch. First and foremost are the markers, which are still applied but seem to have been trimmed down a little. Furthermore, the rectangles on the previous versions have been replaced with circles making the dial feel a little more spacious and airier. The minute track, as well as the 24-hour scale, have been printed in white, and thankfully, there is no date complication, keeping the symmetry and balance of the dial intact. The hour and minute hands mimic the shape of the quadrant markers and are well proportioned to make it easy to read the time at a glance. There are two color variations; black and blue on offer, and both versions come with a matt textured dial. To add some zing to these watches, Hamilton has also given the dials a splash of red.
The case is made from stainless steel and measures 43mm in diameter with a thickness of around 12.8mm. As the dimensions suggest, these new watches have been designed to offer a presence on the wrist. The bezel on top is a uni-directional unit that features a ceramic insert that is color-matched to the dial. The crown at 3 is threaded to assure 300 meters of water resistance, which is substantially more than the water resistance being offered by the current Khaki Scuba Auto watches.

Hamilton Intra-Matic

The trend of vintage-inspired watches is still going strong in 2017 and one of the most talked about watches at Baselworld this year was the Intra-Matic 68 by Hamilton. Not only is it inspired by a vintage Hamilton chronograph, it also has a reverse panda dial, which is in fashion right now. To me, this new Replica Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 is a logical progression from the two-handed Intra-Matic watch that was introduced by Hamilton in 2012. The two are not identical, but similar in spirit. So does the Intra-Matic 68 live up to all of its hype? Let’s take a closer look.
Now, a little history lesson is required before we begin, because it is necessary to understand the origins of this watch. The Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 is, as its name might suggest, based on a vintage chronograph from the ’60s called the Chronograph B, which has a reverse panda dial with a black background and white registers. There’s a Chronograph A too – surprise, surprise – and it has a reverse configuration with white background and black registers.Hamilton has history in creating modern reissues of vintage chronographs. Remember the Hamilton Pan Europ from 2011? That particular chronograph was also based on a vintage Hamilton watch design from the ’70s and it’s a handsome watch with lots of fans. And if anything, I think the Intra-Matic 68 looks even better.We begin with the case, which is probably the most “controversial” thing about this watch. It’s not the design that is contentious, it has pretty straight lugs and a thin bezel, which are both design traits that you will see on vintage watches. What is widely debated about this watch, however, is the size. You see, at 42mm it is a tad large, especially when you consider its vintage roots and somewhat dressy overall aesthetics. Because of the large case size, the crown and pushers look a little oversized too. That said, I really like the vintage-style chronograph pushers here.The bigger problem for me is the thickness. Hamilton didn’t reveal the thickness but it must be around 14mm or so, and that’s too thick for a watch like this. Bear in mind, a Rolex Submariner is about 13mm. But I guess that can’t be helped considering it has an automatic-winding movement (more on the movement later).The good thing about the Intra-Matic 68’s rather beefy case is the water resistance. When I first saw the watch, I thought it would only be 50 meters tops, but Hamilton says the Intra-Matic 68 can do 100 meters. This is a refreshing change from the usual 30 or 50 meters that we often get from a dressy chronograph watch, and not to mention that chronographs are also notoriously harder to make water-resistant.In the real world, this means you can take the Intra-Matic 68 swimming, but you would probably want to change out the black leather strap if you want to do so. The Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 comes with a vintage-looking semi-perforated black leather strap that is quite nice and I won’t want to ruin it by getting it wet.That’s not to say that it has been completely ruined by its large case. Oh no. It still looks great of course, but like I said when I first wrote about the Intra-Matic 68 when it was announced, if Hamilton had released it in 39mm or 40mm, it would have been perfect. But I guess that’s just me and what other old-school watch lovers might think. And to be absolutely clear, 42mm for this piece is still not too bad, because at least all other elements of the case and dial are in proportion.Speaking of the dial, it is simple, clean, and very attractive. It has a reverse panda dial with a black background and an off-white tachymeter and registers. The tachymeter scale runs along the circumference of the dial and the two registers are well positioned and even feature subtle graining for a little contrast.Usually, I prefer my vintage-inspired watches to dispense with date windows, but the Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 has a very cleverly incorporated date window. It is clever because of its positioning and color. At 6 o’clock, it brings symmetry to the dial. Furthermore, the date disc has a black background, which melds into the black background of the dial, making the date window very inconspicuous. If you are not looking out for it, you might miss it altogether.The movement powering the Intra-Matic 68 is Hamilton’s caliber H-31, which is a modified version of the ever reliable Valjoux 7753. The main modification is the improved mainspring that gives the caliber H-31 a power reserve of 60 hours. The typical Valjoux 7753 has a power reserve of only about 45 hours. The only notable modification is the Hamilton-signed rotor. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see the movement because the Intra-Matic 68 has a solid case back. This might be a deal-breaker to some, but I don’t really miss having a display case back here. I’m sure the movement is neatly finished, but it’s not something that I think has to be paraded about.On a whole, the Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 is easily one of the standout new releases of the year. And I’m not only referring to Hamilton, I mean for the whole of Baselworld 2017. It is that nice. My only complaint about the watch is the size. It’s a little too wide and too thick for my tastes, but that’s just me. I suspect most people would be fine with it. If you are unsure, I would urge you to head down to a shop and try it. You might be surprised. That said, the dial is just so nice and I really love those pump-style pushers, so much that I might just close an eye to less than ideal case dimensions. The Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 and Hamilton Intra-Matic 40

Replica Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph

The Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph, with its mid-century looks and automatic movement, was already one of the most-tempting watches on the market around the $2,000 mark. But now that the Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H has been released with a brand new manual-wind movement that’s exclusive to the watch, the debate is pretty much over.

Ticking away inside the Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H is the new H-51 caliber, which was developed specifically for the watch by fellow Swatch Group member ETA. The movement boasts an extended 60-hour power reserve, an especially handy feature for a hand-wound watch that allows you to go a day or two without winding if needed. As for the rest of the watch, it maintains the same great looks as the Intra-Matic you know and love with some subtle tweaks. The sapphire crystal has been updated to a vintage-style dome, the lume is now done in Super-LumiNova old radium for a patinaed look, and the tachymeter has been shrunken and color-coded to match the dial. Two color variants, a panda and a reverse panda, are each available on either a black leather strap for $2,045 or on a stainless steel mesh bracelet for $2,095.
Hamilton brings back a hand-wound chronograph movement in its product line with the specially developed H-51 Calibre powering the new Intra-Matic Chronograph H.
Part of the Hamilton American Classic line, the new watch is inspired directly by Hamilton’s Chronograph A and B of 1968 and is presented in two dial variations: panda (black counters on white background) and reverse panda (white counters on black background).Thanks to the lack of a winding rotor, the movement is pretty slim and so is also the 40 mm case in polished stainless steel.The dial is protected by a box-shaped sapphire crystal that contributes to emphasise the vintage look of the timepiece. To preserve the purity of the dial, there is no date aperture. Super-LumiNova coating is used to improve legibility of hands and indices in poor light conditions.Beating at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, the Hamilton H-51 Calibre is based on the ETA-7753 architecture and offers 60 hours of power reserve.

The watch can be matched to either a black leather strap or a mesh stainless steel bracelet.
The Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H has a price of Euro CHF 1,995 with leather strap (panda ref. H38429710, reverse panda ref. H38429730) or CHF 2,075 with metal bracelet ((panda ref. H38429110, reverse panda ref. H38429130).

Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 Skeleton

The Hamilton Ventura is one of those watches that pretty much every watch enthusiast knows. The Ventura takes all the classic conventions of what a watch should look like and throws them straight out of the window. The most famous wearer of the Ventura was without a doubt, Elvis Presley. Back in 2015, Hamilton launched the Ventura Elvis80 collection on what was to be Elvis’s 80th birth year. Almost six years after that, the latest additions to the collection are the Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 Skeleton watches. Are these two watches still the classic that Elvis wore? Let’s find out!It’s remarkable how I managed not to review or even wear a Hamilton Ventura before. As someone that is predominantly drawn to the design of watches first, the Ventura is one of those iconic watches that stands out because of its design. But I somehow managed to never experience one from up close. But I’m getting my fair share now with two new skeletonized versions of the Ventura.The Hamilton Ventura history
The statement the Ventura makes has always been a staple of 1950s American design. The Ventura was introduced in 1957 and perfectly represents American design from that era. In an era where the Swiss watch brands introduced some of the most iconic watches ever released, Hamilton took a different route. Designer Richard Arbib created a statement that was all about being different. The designer made a name for himself at General Motors and the work he did for GM is reflected in the Ventura.

On top of that the Ventura was the first mechanical watch to be fueled by a battery. Hamilton invested ten years of research into the development of the H500 movement that would take away the ‘nuisance’ of having to wind your mechanical watch. Hamilton developed a battery specifically for the Ventura with the help of the National Carbon Company. It was the final missing piece of the puzzle and on 3 January 1957, the Hamilton Ventura was presented in the Savoy Plaza hotel in New York. A total of 120 journalists from all over the world witnessed the presentation of the next step in watchmaking.Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 collection
In the first years after the Ventura was introduced, it turned out to be a commercial success for Hamilton. But the watch really hit the spotlights when Elvis Presley wore his white gold Ventura in 1961 in the hit movie Blue Hawaii. The King really loved the Ventura. Not only did he own several Venturas, but he also gifted them to friends. Six decades later the legacy of the Ventura and Elvis is still one of the industry’s most famous stories. It made the Ventura into a cult classic that found renewed popularity multiple times over the decades. One of these moments is that the Ventura is the watch worn in the Men In Black movies.But Hamilton decided to honor the Ventura’s most famous wearer with the introduction of the Ventura Elvis80 collection in 2015. The collection was introduced in the year The King would have turned 80 years old. Hamilton completely redesigned the case of the Ventura for this new collection. The goal was to make sure its dimensions combined with its ergonomic case shape guarantee great comfort on the wrist. These latest additions to the collection are a pair of skeletonized Ventura models. They take the Ventura into the future rather than making it a staple of the past.Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 Skeleton
The new Skeleton models come in two variations. The first is a stainless steel version with a black PVD coating. The watch has a black open-worked dial that is lit up by a red electric pulse and comes on a black rubber strap. The second version features a stainless steel case with a rose gold PVD coating. This piece also has a black open-worked dial and comes with a rose gold electric pulse. And just like the black version, it also comes on a black rubber strap. The pulse is a nice hint to the origins of the Ventura that perfectly fits the modern aesthetics.Both watches feature a 42,5mm x 44,6mm case that is water-resistant up to 50 meters. The dimensions might sound quite large at first. But due to the Ventura’s different shape, it cannot be compared to a conventional watch case with those dimensions. If anything, I feel the Ventura needs this size to be able to pull in a crowd that is looking for a modern and different looking watch. Especially considering its technical looks.The open-worked dial
As you can see in the pictures there is quite a difference in presence when you see the watches together. What they definitely have in common though is their futuristic presence. The watches look more at home in a sci-fi movie than in Blue Hawaii. It is proof that the Ventura is definitely not a one-trick pony when it comes to its design. And I definitely feel that this could be a direction for the Ventura that will attract a new and younger crowd.

If we zoom in a little more, you will see there are more differences between the two models than just their black vs. rose gold PVD coating. Both models feature the same open-worked dial construction with four black lightning bolt-like shapes that connect the upper hour markers and the lower hour markers. The mentioned electric pulse shape connects the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock markers horizontally. It’s a clever construction that also places the Hamilton logo and the Ventura logo strategically on the construction of the dial.The rose gold model features rose gold colored hour and minute hands that are filled with Super-LumiNova and rose gold colored seconds hand. On top of that, the hour markers also have a hint of rose gold color and Super-LumiNova filled endings. The black model will feature black hour and minute hands, and a red seconds hand. As you can see the black version we received for this review had steel markers. But that will change to black for the regular production model, creating a really stealthy appearance.The H-10-S movement
Through the open-worked dial, you can see the automatic Hamilton caliber H-10-S in action. Hamilton made sure that the movement has a nice Côtes de Genève decoration finish for the necessary visual impact. The movement is also used for a string of other Hamilton watches including other Ventura models. The movement is based on the ETA C07.111. It has 25 jewels, operates at 21,600vph, and features an impressive 80-hour power reserve.Both watches feature a display case back, making sure you can check out the movement in action. It’s fun to see the contrast of the triangular case and the round movement. It creates a fun view and makes you realize once more this is not your ordinary shaped watch. The backside of the H-10-s movement is decorated with perlage and has a customized, open-worked rotor. Wearing the Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 Skeleton
So with the facts and figures out of the way, it’s time to experience the skeletonized Ventura models on the wrist. The first thing that stands out is how comfortably the Ventura sits on your wrist. The case has a curved silhouette that truly hugs the wrist. And once you have it on your wrist, there is no denying the remarkable shape. A Ventura wears completely different than your normal shaped watch. I was impressed by how easy it is to wear despite its possibly daunting size dimensions.The triangular shape is definitely something to get used to though. Obviously because it’s a different basic shape for a watch. But because that shape is different, reading the time is also different. As fellow Fratello team member Andreas explained, it does take a short time of habituation to get comfortable with the deformed dial. But once you have worn the watch for some time, you won’t even notice the difference when simply reading the time.

Wearing the watch also gives you a better idea of all the different details that make this a special watch. For instance, the curved sapphire spectacularly because follows the shape of the case. And the shape of the crown perfectly fits the design of the case. It’s both perfect in its dimensions as in its design. Or the really comfortable rubber straps that come with a pin buckle and balance the watch perfectly on your wrist.Rose gold of full black?
After wearing both Skeleton models, I do have a preference for the rose gold model. And the reason is simple. Both of the watches do justice to what the Ventura is and what it can be. The stealthy black model is the more futuristic of the two and a great possible step into the future of the Hamilton Ventura. But as someone who has been to Graceland and visited Elvis Presley’s last resting place, I simply like the rose gold version a bit better.

It’s simply a better reminder of Elvis Presley and the time the Hamilton Ventura was conceived in. And the rose gold and black colors look great. And with both watches priced at €1,695, it is a simple pick of your favorite aesthetics.
Having said that, both watches are an acquired taste. Would I like to own one as a design enthusiast? I have to say that I am a bit more conservative when it comes to watches. There is no denying the Ventura Elvis80 collection is one for fans that like something different. And as it turns out, I like different, but not something completely different.

But as said before, both of the Skeleton models show that there is a futuristic potential for this icon of the 1950s. And they can potentially draw in a younger crowd that loves a bold design statement. And we have to give Hamilton credit for exploring new territory with the Ventura Elvis80 collection. Because as an icon in the industry it should always be available, but it doesn’t mean you have to keep everything as is. And that’s what Hamilton has perfectly understood.

For more information about the history of the Ventura, visit the official Hamilton Ventura page. If you would like an overview of all the currently available Ventura models, check the current Hamilton Ventura collection. And if you would like to find out more about these two specific models, visit the product page for the gold Hamilton Ventura Skeleton or the black Hamilton Ventura Skeleton.

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical

This new line of Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical watches come with green, black and white dials and a dark greenish-brown PVD case that pushes them further into the “tacticool” category. To be clear, this isn’t an issued watch, so Hamilton can take some liberties with the colors they use.
The Khaki Mechanical is Hamilton’s way of paying the highest form of respect to original military field watches that left a mark on purposeful watchmaking indefinitely. It tastefully allows more modern wrists to appreciate the origins of many popular designs in a reliable, obtainable way.
Any new iteration of the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical has big shoes – or rather, big combat boots – to fill. What you’re looking at is the progeny of a bona fide piece of American history.

This update to the classic Khaki feels like it’s hit the target. At 38mm it’s modern and wearable, while still maintaining that sort of old-school cool that’s been in American military watch DNA since the ’40s, and it comes with new green and white dials, along with a new case finish called Earth PVD.

When it comes to American military watches, all roads lead to an old set of government specifications put out by the Army Ordnance Department to major watchmakers in the 1940s: a robust hackable movement, tough crystal, center sweeping seconds, and a one-piece strap. In short, it was the perfect recipe for a watch that could take a bit of roughing up; it left out anything it didn’t need in order to do one thing well, and that one thing was simply telling the time.
Hamilton answered the government’s call and produced watches for Allied forces during WW2. It can be argued that this is when the “modern” field watch came to be, setting the tone for this 2019 iteration of the Khaki Field. In the ’60s the government updated to “GG-W-113” and “MIL-W-3818B” specifications, and all that means is that the watches got a little larger and a little more legible with a few tweaks. The Khaki Field Mechanical shares the largest swath of design language with this ’60s-era design. Plenty of airmen and soldiers of the time carried out their duties with these purely functional timepieces on the wrist. Many examples saw duty during the Vietnam Conflict.

This new line of Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical replica watches come with green, black and white dials and a dark greenish-brown PVD case that pushes them further into the “tacticool” category. To be clear, this isn’t an issued watch, so Hamilton can take some liberties with the colors they use. Being free from the government-mandated design regulations has allowed Hamilton to have some fun with the aesthetic; the white dialed version is unequivocally handsome. They’ve kept the philosophy of the original watch but since cost-saving measures and stringent regulations aren’t part of the equation, it’s perhaps a much better watch than its recent ancestors.
The new dial and case colors are the most striking element of this iteration of the Khaki Field watch, but let’s put the new colors aside for a moment and focus on the technical updates. The major change is the inclusion of the H-50 movement, a movement we saw last year in the Khaki 50mm special edition (an upsized Khaki with a red-tipped second hand). There couldn’t be a better movement to put in a watch like this. It’s a proprietary Hamilton caliber, it’s hand-wound, and it features an 80-hour power reserve. That’s double the power reserve of the prior models, which inversely means you’ll have the opportunity to wind it only half as much. Advancement requires a bit of sacrifice, sadly.

At 38mm, it’s just about the perfect size for a field watch too, and naturally it comes on a green or brown NATO. The crystal is a reliable sapphire just in case anyone plans to actually use it in the field, and it’s rated to 50 meters of water resistance. Those are some solid specs, but not surprising given this is a piece of kit whose ancestors have actually seen the sort of action that could mutilate a watch. It’s one of those designs that changes so infrequently because it’s simply so good at what it does that it doesn’t need to.
A larger trend has been happening over the last few years where military looks are creeping into the streetwear and trendy aesthetic; the MA-1 flight jacket has become a mainstay, along with rugged outerwear and combat boots. It’s easy to lump the release of this Hamilton into that world, but for the true milwatch nerds there’s a little treat with the new line of dial colors. In addition to green and black we are getting a crispy white dial. Remember those early government specifications for the American field watch? They mostly called for black dials because it’s much easier to conceal.

Here’s what’s interesting: Before those initial specifications were issued there were plenty of soldiering watches featuring white dials. In fact, many early Hamilton Army Ord. Dept. watches had white dials, so this new Khaki Field Mechanical does in fact draw on some legitimate history. It’s a charming anachronistic mashup of military watches from the distant past wrapped up in a package fit for the present.
The Super-Luminova is what Hamilton calls “sand colored,” but it’s probably best described as faux patina. It fits in with the anachronistic mashup appeal of the watch, and it’s seldom seen on white dials. The contrast the indices present on the white-dialed variant is particularly interesting, as the last time we saw this sort of contrasting look was during the FDR administration. On the black and green dials it works even better, as Hamilton hasn’t been too heavy-handed with the faux vintage look. The numbers printed on the dial(both black and white) have a bit of a glossy finish, which is very much something that wasn’t present on issued watches. The gleaming effect actually helps legibility.

New for this iteration of the Khaki is an Earth PVD coating with a slight textural graininess. The new look is a sensible design break from the norm that’s easy to imagine as a finish a soldier might consider. The Khaki is a watch that’s ripe for frequent strap changes, and it will be interesting to see what makes this new case finish pop. For the purists, however, there’s still a trusty old stainless steel option with a black dial. Technical updates are always a good thing for any piece of military-grade equipment, it’s an essential part of maintaining wrist superiority.
So we already have our everyday watch in the collection, so now its time for something a little different. Field watches. Now, as a concept, they somewhat live in the shadows of divers when it comes to tool watches. However, field watches steam from the same desires a diver has. The necessity for something tough, durable, easy to read and reliable.

The main difference seems to be the field watches disregard for bulk. Diver watches historically benefit from being larger in size. Whether that be favouring a 36mm case size rather than 32 – 34mm back in the 50s, or 44mm over 40mm in 2010. Field watches, on the other hand, suit being more slim, subtle and under the radar. They may not have received the limelight as divers have, but they certainly still have a place in your collection.