Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Auto 46

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

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pioneer Mechanical Chrono

Since the beginning of recorded time, man has sought to escape the bounds of earth’s pull for the freedom of the skies above. From the dawn of the 20th century, when man first affixed wings to engine for that brief-yet-monumental flight on the beach in Kitty Hawk, it seemed there was nothing left holding us back. Certainly, there were stumbles along the path of progress, but the route was clear: upward. And the name Hamilton was there from nearly the beginning. The very early days of flight saw pilots affixing pocket watches to straps worn on the outside of their heavy leather coats. In 1918, a Hamilton aeronautical watch was worn when the first US Airmail service began between New York and Washington,D.C., and the brand has been a part of aviation lore ever since. A Hamilton was the first watch flown over the North Pole in 1926, and by the ‘30s, Hamilton was the official timekeeper for America’s four major airlines. Hamilton watches were renowned for their accuracy, a claim to fame since their days as a leading maker of railroad pocket watches, and pilots relied on them when making critical navigational calculations. Many of the world’s armed forces selected Hamilton to supply them, including Britain’s Royal Air Force, and now Hamilton has released a faithful-yet-contemporary chronograph inspired by an RAF-issue watch from the 1970s, the new Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Chronograph.
I’ve always loved vintage pilot’s chronos, and the Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Chronograph nails the look and feel, without the anxiety of wearing a fragile vintage original beyond the confines of your home office. Although marginally larger than its inspiration, it’s perfectly reasonable for a tool watch, and should fit a fairly wide range of wrists. With its combination of good looks, utility, and value compared to some other Swiss chronographs, Hamilton appears to have a winner on its hands. Or rather, wrists.
American-Swiss watchmaker Hamilton is now celebrating the 1970s British Royal Air Force with its latest Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Chrono. With a design based on the very timepiece issued to members of the RAF decades prior, Hamilton’s latest aviation model offers a vintage-inspired look, pairing a 40mm brushed stainless steel case with a classic black dial adorned with faux patina indexes, hands, and subdials by 3 and 9 o’clock.

Two pushers on either side of the crown allow for easy access to the chronograph function, which itself is powered by the watchmaker’s exclusive H-51-Si mechanical hand-wound movement with a power reserve of 60 hours. Completing the watch is a sturdy domed sapphire crystal, a vegetable-tanned brown calf leather strap and a water resistance of 100m.

Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto

It takes some time to get a design right. While the first Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium was an exciting new direction for the Khaki, some facets missed the mark. The Titanium engraving on the side of the case irked plenty of would-be buyers. The faux-aged lume was contentious. There was no arguing with the H-10 inside, however. An 80-hour power reserve is best-in-class for a watch at this price point ($995).

And now, after a couple of years, the Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium has finally found its footing – it’s the best it’s ever been. It comes in 42mm, but the 38mm version will certainly be the darling among enthusiasts. The H-10 remains, and so does the option between brushed titanium and PVD-coated titanium. There’s no more “Titanium” engraved on the side, and the lume is now a neutral tone. And the best part for 2022? The selection of new dial colors. Here’s the breakdown.

The 42mm version of the watch comes in brushed titanium with either a “khaki” or blue dial. Hamilton’s version of khaki is green, not tan. The 38mm version includes three variants. In brushed titanium there’s a green dial and a black dial, and in PVD’d titanium there’s a grey dial with a lunar-like texture.

Once American, Hamilton is now part of the Swatch group. That’s a good thing. The brand can leverage all of the group’s expertise and know-how. Since the Khaki was originally designed to fall within Army Ordnance Department specifications in the ’40s, and later “GG-W-113” and “MIL-W-3818B” specifications in the ’60s and beyond, the design of the watch – which remains mostly unchanged – is still very American. It has a rugged quality to it, a sort of bootstrappin’, git-r-done way about it. It’s simple, easy to read, and requires zero gimmicks to command respect.

The way Hamilton has pushed the design in this recent release is just playful enough while still exercising plenty of restraint. The muted color tones and matte finishes respect tradition, while the khaki (that’s sage green to the rest of us) and lunar dial are fresh. It demonstrates that the design can indeed evolve. For too many horological designs that’ve been in production for decades, sometimes it feels like there’s simply nowhere left to go.

The predictable move would’ve been to slap a standard green dial in the Khaki and call it a day, like many other manufacturers. Instead, we got a thoughtful green dial that’s very much in line with the original ethos of the watch, not to mention a cement-like grey dial that’s both novel and reserved. It’s reminiscent of the natural world, and outside is where the new Khaki Field Titanium belongs.

A common criticism about the Khaki Field Mechanical is the lug-to-lug width relative to the 38mm case size. The watch has particularly long lugs, and for smaller wrists, they can dig in and make the watch wear uncomfortably. With the new titanium models, Hamilton has reshaped the lugs to get rid of the harsh 90-degree angle that can dig into wrists. Instead the lugs are beveled now, and in conjunction with the titanium case, the watch disappears on the wrist. Unfortunately, the lugs are not drilled through like they are on the Khaki Field Mechanical, so strap changes aren’t quite as easy, and you’ll likely want to ditch the leather strap that it comes with for an easy-wearing NATO.

The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium , in either mechanical or automatic, is often cited as the ideal field watch. It’s usually the first one that’s recommended to anyone in the market, and it’s certainly earned that position. The new dial colors and case finishes represent even more choice, and it still comes in at under $1,000. There’s nothing wrong with having options.

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Auto

Throughout the haze of confusion that was Spring 2020, there were watch announcements aplenty. Yet many were buried by more pressing news items. The new Khaki Aviation Converter collection by Hamilton was unfortunately not given much exposure at the time of the unveiling. So, let us change that and provide this tactical Hamilton with a second chance. To its credit, Hamilton was precisely on time with its release schedule — just like the Swiss railway network. But, as with any battle, the first casualty is the plan.

Now we are on the road to recovery, we can provide some breathing space for this collection of practical tool watches with a cracking design. The “Converter” part of the name refers to the slide rule bezel that turns bi-directionally. I am a terrible mathematician, so I will not even entertain the idea of explaining how to operate the bezel. But as an overview, aligning the known measures on the bezel will assist in calculating fuel consumption, speed, or distance.
For those with their feet on the ground, rather than head in the clouds, the slide rule bezel also has everyday usage. You can use it to calculate tips and convert units of measurement. But, of course, it is rare for wearers of the watches with slide rule bezels to use them as intended. That does not stop the look of the bezel from being a refreshing throwback to the early days of aviation, especially for the pilots that yearn for the golden age of travel. There is an obvious comparison you can make to the Navitimer. But interestingly, that is not the first association I made — my mind drifted towards the Heuer Autavia.
Specifically, the Autavia released last year that focussed attention on the Avia(tion) side of the name. The knurling on the crown of these Hamiltons has a similar central groove. This is beneficial for grip and also resembles the landing gear on an aircraft. On the circumference of the bezel, we find the same repeating motif applied to ensure a maximum grip.

The glass is sapphire over the dial but mineral over the bezel. While it may not be sapphire over the rotating bezel, a coating brings the mineral crystal’s hardness and scratch-resistance up to a level that is comparable to sapphire. These features are seen across the range, but each model has other, subtle differences. Let’s check those out.
Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Auto
Firstly, the three-hander version has the date at 3 o’clock and broad sword hands with needle tips. Each marker has a corresponding numeral in line and towards the central section of the dial. You may recognize this style from the Khaki Field collection. The 42mm Auto is the smallest of the range but in no way less impactful. Powering the Auto is the H-10 movement. There has been discussion in recent times of the origins of the H-10 – it certainly is not a straightforward journey. The H-10 shares its base architecture with the ETA 2824 Caliber — possibly the hardest working horse in the stable at this point. From there, the movement receives a frequency modification resulting in a power reserve boost to a healthy 80-hours and becomes the C07.111. Before inserting the movement into the case, Hamilton adds its repeating H pattern to the base plate and logo to the rotor. Once final checks are done, Hamilton christens the caliber the H-10. Luckily you can see these embellishments via the sapphire display case-back on the Khaki Aviation Auto.
Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter GMT Auto
Next up is the GMT. This one is my favorite of the bunch. That might have something to do with the sunburst blue dial and red accents, for which I am a sucker. The date window shifts to the 6 o’clock position. This improved symmetry makes the layout more pleasing to my eye. I also prefer the 24-hour scale on the outside of the indices, rather than the inner section seen in the Auto model.As much as I like the look of the Khaki Field watch, the additional 12-hour scale on the 42mm Auto crowds the dial somewhat. To me, it appears a bit number-heavy — a bit like the computer screens in The Matrix. The GMT may bunch the 24-hour scale closer to slide rule bezel, but I still find it results in a cleaner dial with precise indications. The case of the Khaki Aviation Converter GMT is slightly larger than the Auto at 44mm. This diameter size is on the upper limit for many but not so much that it overburdens the wrist.
Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Chronograph Auto
Finally, we have the Chronograph. This is where I can see the most definite affinity to classic pilot’s watches. But that’s not to say these references lack a little modern decoration. Within the 12-hour and 30-minute totalizers is a smoky-grey gradient. Having the running seconds sub-dial with a plain black finish helps differentiate the functions too. When tracking elapsed time, you keep an eye on the central red-tipped chronograph seconds and smoky dials to eliminate confusion.
If you assumed the powerhouse behind the 6, 9, 12 and day-date is the Valjoux 7750, then pat yourself on the back. Likewise, with the H-10 movement in the Auto, Hamilton add their finishing touches to the 7750 to create the H-21 Si. Amongst the upgrades is a bump in power reserve from 42 to 60 hours and the silicon balance spring.

Hamilton Janie Bryant

Costume designer Hamilton Janie Bryant, whose credits include Mad Men, Deadwood and Why Women Kill, has teamed up with watch brand Hamilton to reimagine its signature timepieces.

“In film, we use fashion to establish a narrative’s setting and a character’s personality, all before the dialogue even begins,” Bryant said in a statement. “This capsule brings that dynamic expression off-screen with timepieces that reimagine the relationship between past, present and future.”

Inspired by Hollywood glamor, the Intra-Matic Automatic Chronograph, Ardmore Quartz and Lady Hamilton Vintage Quartz arrive in “Today” and “Tomorrow” versions. The former boasts soft textures and vibrant shades of pink, purple and white accented with diamonds, light yellow gold PVD and powdery rose leather material. The designs are completed with subtle elements like rounded shapes and muted tones. Meanwhile, the “Tomorrow” line takes the bolder route with its metallic leather straps, smooth textures and cool tones. Providing balance are the straight lines and neutral color palette of gold, silver and black.

Take a closer look at the different iterations above. The Janie Bryant x Hamilton capsule is now available to shop online.
Hamilton and costume designer announce watch capsule. Travel through time hollywood-style with alluring timepieces for today and tomorrow.
Janie expresses the immediate evolution of our chosen capsule watches with subtle colors, soft textures and warm tones. Diamond accents, light yellow gold PVD and a powdery rose leather give today’s timepieces a dash of Hollywood glamour.
If Bryant’s interpretation of present-day is understated poise, tomorrow shines bold and bright. Metallic leather straps, smooth textures and cold tones bring our historical designs seamlessly into the future.
“I really love that costume design is about creating different time periods but it also appeals to modern audiences. We get to see all of our work on a set and know – that piece of film or TV show will last forever.”
Janie Bryant is an Emmy

 Award winning costume designer well known for her work on AMC TV’s “Mad Men”, and HBO’s “Deadwood.”

She most recently designed two seasons of “Why Women Kill,” a comedic drama set in various decades, and is currently the costume designer of “Y: 1883,” the highly anticipated prequel to Paramount’s “Yellowstone.” Acclaimed for her ability to bring the past to life on-screen, Janie’s costume design creates characters that are both authentic and relatable. A recipient of Hamilton’s Behind the Camera Awards, Janie’s latest off-screen collaboration reimagines iconic timepieces for today and tomorrow.

Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart

Who Doesn’t Love an Open Heart Button?
Three unique Open Heart Jazzmasters are designed to allow speaking open movements. Without any complexities, including the open heart-shaped dial, Open Heart is an elegant and understated watch. It is well made and uses the H-10 mechanical movement. Recommended.

About Hamilton
Hamilton was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892. Now headquartered in Switzerland, Hamilton is highly respected in the watchmaking industry for making reliable and stylish watches. Hamilton watches tend to be priced in the $750- $2,000 range.
I own several Hamiltons and have generally had good experience with their watches. Hamilton watches impress with the finest materials, combined with the latest in watchmaking expertise. Design and technology are at the core of the spirit of the times. A true statement under trending accessories, such as musical harmony, the Hamilton Jazzmaster series contains excellent variations on a theme that combines innovation and modernity. Its classic elegance makes it very attractive to watch connoisseurs.
The Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart Automatic H32565735 Men’s Watch is a tribute to the brand, this automatic watch from Hamilton invites you to dive into the heart of its mechanism thanks to its harmoniously cut dials and skillfully decorated movement. Love from the watch enthusiasts who created it. The Jazzmaster Open Heart design turns timekeeping into something that is tempting for those interested in knowing how a watch works. A glance at the watch face reveals parts of the Swiss automatic in action – but not all of them. Some things can be left unchecked, especially if wrapped in luxurious quality materials and fine design details.

This men’s Hamilton Automatic watch features a Stainless Steel Case and a Black Open Heart Dial with a partially open mechanism, mounted behind a Scratch-Resistant Sapphire Crystal. The watch was tied with a black leather strap. As the name implies by offering Open Heart, the See through Case Back feature. It works on Automatic Movement with Caliber 2824-2. It also carries Luminous Hands and Markers with a Pull / Push Crown. The water resistance of the watch is 50MM. It is well secured to the wrist with a Buckle Clasp.

A luxury watch is not only useful for telling the time, it is also a great piece of jewelry. This stylish timepiece is a great way to commemorate any occasion. This beautiful timepiece is designed to last and will be loved for many years to come.
Managing Time
Since Jazzmaster Open Heart has no complications, it is very easy to manipulate. Time is set by using the crown.

How to Set Time:
Pull crown out to the furthest position (position 2). Turn the knob clockwise to set the time.

Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart Aesthetics & Design
At 40mm, the Open Heart looks small on my wrist. The Open Heart is also very thin, aside from the small case size. It tucks easily under the cuff and looks great in a casual company environment.

This Jazzmaster looks far from being exaggerated, considering the open-hearted look. At 12 and 7 o’clock, an open heart features two vividly colored diamonds, providing the only splash of color to the other monochromatic dial. The entire ensemble is low key.

I appreciate that Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart has chosen to keep the style sensible. Many open-hearted watches are over-styled, resulting in designs that are hard to really tell the time of. Nonetheless, I wish Hamilton gave some kind of texture to the dial – I find it interesting for my taste.
Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart To Build Quality
Fine watches are made by Hamilton, and another example is Open Heart. All of the Hamilton’s I’ve reviewed so far have had consistently good workmanship inside and out.

Crystals, Case And Calls
The case is made of stainless steel and feels comfortable. The weight is most likely ideal for most people, and gives the Jazzmaster a feeling of good quality. It doesn’t feel brittle. In that feeling, too, Sapphire crystals have a big role to play. It looks good and has an anti-reflective coating (despite what my photo shows).
Strap And Clasp
Fastened to the case is a flexible leather strap. The tan has alligator prints, but is a nice color. The right texture and shine is there, and the strap is incredibly soft and fluffy. Sometimes fake alligator straps are just printed with texture – and look terrible. This is not the case here. The straps are slightly tapered to enhance the appearance of the case.

Overall, it’s a pretty satisfying watch if its looks appeal to you. It has great quality to it and feels affordable considering the level of workmanship.

The black crocodile acorn skin strap is Hamilton’s standard unit. It sits snugly on the lugs. It feels good to wear when kept – even for long durations. I can comfortably wear it for hours.

Stainless steel buckles are also of good quality. Typical wear after several weeks of wear is seen.
More About Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart
The swiss-made H-10 mechanical movement features the Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart. These movements were extremely popular, powering millions of watches, and their durability and accuracy were highly regarded in the industry.

An automatic watch movement with 25 gems and a maximum daily variance of about 15 seconds is the H-10. (meaning the watch can increase or decrease in time by up to 15 seconds per day).

H-10 can safely be considered reliable.
Open Heart tends to average around $945 on Gnomon Shop – depending on the version you choose – which is a pretty good price. The manufacturing quality and materials often reflect that price range. This Hamilton, with proper treatment, will look fantastic for a long time.

I’m going to place the Jazzmaster’s quality above any other open heart / frame watch you’ll find in the under $1,000 price range.

With respect to its counterparts, it is well priced and well made. I tend to recommend Hamilton watches to people for that very reason. Get one now in our store!

Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady Auto Blue
Just like beautiful bags and earrings, a watch is a valuable investment that will enhance a woman’s charming outfit. On the surface, a watch also has a deeper meaning than simply telling the time. Whether as a gift to commemorate unforgettable memories, a fashion statement, or even a sentimental heirloom to pass on to the next generation, every woman deserves a fine timepiece that expresses themselves well. Thus, Hamilton launched their latest Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady Auto Blue Ref. The H32215840 combines contemporary sophistication with exceptional Swiss watchmaking, perfect for the modern woman which I recommend for casual and semi-formal occasions.
Since 1982, Hamilton has developed itself as a brand synonymous with solid performance, outstanding build quality and exceptional value, delivering accurate and reliable watches. Even though the Hamilton are now based in Bienne, Switzerland, their American heritage still lives on in modern Hamilton timepieces, embracing the spirit of American pride with a rich heritage of horology. The Jazzmaster collection is a range of women’s designer watches that draws on Hamilton’s watchmaking experience to create pieces characterized by refined and modern designs. Are you into classical touch? I’d very much recommend you combine this watch with a leather strap.
Encased in a 316L stainless steel case, Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady Auto Blue Ref. The H32215840 features a unique case design with a mixture of subtle finishes that accentuates the sleek design. A satin brush finish is visible at the top of the curved lug while the bezel around the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, as well as the sides of the case, is polished to a high shine, gracefully capturing light at various angles. The 36mm smooth diameter is the right size for urban women, with a size that fits a woman’s wrist while showing the presence of a protruding wrist.

Paired with a gorgeous case, this gorgeous 18mm sandy beige ostrich leather strap completes the overall look of this piece with light and soft tones. A neat row of stitches is seen running down the rope on each side. The main attraction of this watch speaks a thousand words with its fantastic semi-frame ice blue dial. The dial exhibits an impressive pattern that radiates outward from the center, along with a sunburst effect that glitters with light; is definitely a dial that will not fail to impress. The various cuts on the dial reveal a glimpse of the intricate, meticulously finished mechanical parts that power the watch, enabling a delightful experience of seeing the time as balance, escape and barrel interact with each other. Above all, this design forms a sophisticated style that is simply phenomenal.

At the heart of the Jazzmaster is the Hamilton caliber H-10 mechanical movement, which is a modified gem 25 day / date movement. The main highlights of the movement include an improved 80-hour power reserve achieved by lowering the pulse rate of 4 Hz from 28,800 beats per hour to 3 Hz (21,600 beats per hour). A lowered pulse rate also means stronger movement due to the lower friction generated between sections over time. On the back of the watch, the movement can be seen through the see-through back case, which features a specially decorated rotor with an engraving of the Hamilton logo. The back of the case is screwed down to achieve 5 bar (50 meter) water resistance

As expected from Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady Auto Blue Ref. The H32215840 is a well executed Swiss-made timepiece that offers a lot like a gorgeous semi-frame dial and contemporary movement with an impressive 80 hour power reserve. Nowadays, watches for women no longer have to sit in the back seat due to the majority of men’s watches on the market. This new release will be one for the smartest woman, looking stunning on the wrist with timeless elegance. Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady Auto Blue is available on Gnomon Store.

Hamilton Ardmore Quartz

Say hello to spring with a pop of color! Fresh hues take the Hamilton Ardmore Quartz watches Lady Ardmore’s classic Art Deco style from subtly sophisticated to standout statement maker.
Now available with either a cool turquoise or sunny coral leather strap, this American Classic demands a second look with matching-in-color Roman numerals and an angular stainless steel case. Whether it’s shining against an all-neutral ensemble or blending into a brightly colored look, the Ardmore is a wristwatch with a fun and unique character you can wear all year long.
Hamilton Ardmore Quartz watches are innovative, iconic and known for American Spirit and Swiss Precision. We are known for the highest performance standards and Swiss made movements. We create automatic, mechanical and quartz watches, men’s and women’s watches. With a reputation for craftsmanship and strong movie, military and aviation heritage, our watches include the Khaki Field, Khaki Aviation, Khaki Navy, Ventura and Jazzmaster Hamilton Ardmore Quartz watches

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer

Brands like Hamilton are very lucky. Throughout their lifetime, they have manufactured watches of every different type, many of which have earned an iconic status. Now, when they design a new watch, they have a massive archive to draw inspiration from, or recreate directly from. The last time we took a look at a Hamilton, we reviewed the Intra-Matic, which is an elegant dress watch based on a classic 60’s design. Not only did that watch successfully resurrect a beautiful vintage timepiece, it proved how relevant 60’s design is to today’s style.
Staying true to the theme of reviving classic designs, Hamilton released the Khaki Pilot Pioneer Automatic Chronograph at BaselWorld 2013, one of our favorite pieces from the show. The Pilot Pioneer is based on a RAF issued watch from the 70’s, which is highly collectible. Powered by a Valjoux 7733 and sporting a unique and subtly asymmetrical case, the original watch is unlike any other. For a thorough history of this watch, its design and significance, please read our article Time Spec: 1970’s British Military Asymmetrical Chronographs.
The Pilot Pioneer is not a 1:1 copy of the watch from the past, but rather a modern interpretation that stays true where needed for an authentic look. It’s a bit larger and has some subtle design changes, but perhaps the most significant differences are the H-31 automatic chronograph movement and the addition of a silver dialed version. Though a hand-winding chrono might have added to the feel of the watch, the modern automatic was a logical choice for today’s market. The Pilot Pioneer also features a domed sapphire crystal, display case back and is available with either NATO or leather straps or a steel bracelet. With a starting price of $1,845.00 the Pilot Pioneer is well priced for a new Swiss made automatic chronograph, albeit certainly not inexpensive and priced higher than its vintage counterpart.
The Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Automatic Chronograph is a great new offering from the brand. The fact that it brings an old design back to life makes it all the more cool. Especially since the original version was a military issue and somewhat obscure. Overall the design is very successful, fun and seemingly one that would age well. That is to say, it’s clean and classic in a way that you wont get sick of, while being unique and interesting enough to keep your attention.
Of course, I wonder a bit why Hamilton would bring back a cult watch, which is going to attract collectors and watch-nerd types who are obsessed with details, only to change something like adding a date. I get that as a feature, the date makes the watch more full and therefore viable at retail to a general consumer, but it undermines the idea of reviving an old design. Perhaps if it had been subtler, like the addition of an automatic movement, it wouldn’t matter, but since it’s on the dial, it can’t help but be noticed.

As far as the price goes, $1,845 certainly isn’t inexpensive, but for a new Swiss made chronograph, is on the low-moderate end. Most retail brands with similar movements start at 3-4k, so in that context this a very good price. The fact that it has a 60-hr power reserve adds to the value quite a bit.

So, to wrap up the wrap-up, the Pilot Pioneer is a successful watch, with great build quality and styling. Despite my issues, I would wear this watch if it were in my collection, no problem. It’s a versatile design that can be dressed up or down and has an interesting history behind it. So, if you’re in the market for a Swiss Chronograph with genuine military heritage, this is likely a great watch for you.

Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Chronograph

Hamilton, the unchanging address of models with a high price/performance ratio, added a chronograph version to the concept after the acclaimed Khaki Field Mechanical model family. When it comes to mechanical watches with a high price/performance ratio, few names in the world of watches can compete with Hamilton. Models inspired by the brand’s American DNA and military watch past are among the most successful examples of the Heritage concept. Among these examples, the Khaki Field Mechanical platform, which has gained great acclaim since the day it was introduced with its faithful look to the original design and the hand-wound movement chosen following the concept, takes the lead. Today, Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Chronograph is expanding the acclaimed platform with an automatic chronograph model. Let’s take a closer look… The new model comes in a stainless steel case with a micro-sandblasted surface, which we also remember from the Khaki Field Mechanical series. The case, which is sized as 44mm x 14.15mm to host the chronograph movement, is waterproof up to 100 meters with the help of the screw-lock crown. The case has a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on the front and a solid cover designed per the Military style of the model on the back. The black dial is reminiscent of the black Khaki Field Mechanical with its large numeral indexes and faux patina triangular hour markers. However, there are some differences, especially about the white numbers. The 0.35 mm high indexes, which are entirely made of mold-shaped Super-LumiNOVA phosphor material, offer excellent legibility in almost any environment. The Tri-Compax chronograph layout dial sports faux patina applied nickel hour and minute hands. The model is powered by Hamilton’s automatic Caliber H-21 movement, based on the ETA/Valjoux 7750. The automatic movement, which features central hours, minutes, and chronograph seconds, 30-minute counter, 12-hour counter, and small seconds, offers a power reserve time of up to 60 hours when fully wound. The Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Chronograph model, which comes with a Bund style khaki green nubuck strap, is offered for sale with a tag price of CHF 1,695.

Few manufacturers can rival Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Chronograph within the inexpensive subject watch phase. The model has a wealthy historical past with the American navy, significantly throughout World Struggle II, and was an American model itself till 1969. Classic-inspired mechanical field watches are among the many model’s hottest choices and a brand new Khaki Area Automated Chronograph joins the portfolio. It’s not the primary Khaki Area Chronograph because the black PVD Khaki Area Auto Chrono and others preceded it, nevertheless it carries the newest Khaki Area Mechanical aesthetic like nothing earlier than it.
Not like the comparatively small 38mm case diameter of the Khaki Area Mechanicals, which we’ve recently seen in bronze, the chronograph is available in at 44mm with a top of 14.15mm. Hamilton does make a 42mm Khaki Field Mechanical variant, however the brand new chrono is certainly daring. The chrome steel case has the identical form and sandblasted matte end as its smaller Khaki Area siblings, however comes with the requisite chrono pushers at 2 and four o’clock.

Hamilton Khaki Field Auto 40 N. Hoolywood

Japanese streetwear brand Hamilton Khaki Field Auto 40 N. Hoolywood has tapped American watch brand Hamilton for a limited-edition Khaki Field for its FW21 collection.

Completely blacked out from head to toe save the luminescent hands, the inner 24-hour indices, and the chapter ring, the timepiece sits neatly in line with N. Hoolywood’s latest military-inspired collection thanks to the combat heritage of Hamilton’s iconic model. The 40mm stainless steel case has been PVD-coated for a sleek, matte finish and provides ample protection for your outdoor adventures alongside the robust sapphire crystal.

Sitting at the heart of the timepiece is then Hamilton’s H-10 movement, a three-hand movement coming with an impressive 80-hour power reserve, while a black NATO strap completes the look. Of course, as a limited-edition release, it also comes in special monochrome packaging for a truly exclusive collector’s experience.
There’s one problem with the all-black watches everybody loves: while they might look cool as fashion accessories, they don’t function well as watches because of compromised legibility. Mostly, you can’t have a black-on-black watch design and a solid, easy time-reading experience — but the new, limited collab watch from Hamilton and Japanese fashion label N.Hoolywood just might be the best of both worlds. It also takes the form of one of our favorite field watches…but is unfortunately hard to get your hands on.
Based on Hamilton Khaki Field Auto 40 N. Hoolywood the brand made for American soldiers, Hamilton’s Khaki Field collection offers a range of colors but mostly remains pretty straightforward and traditional. Add Japanese designer Daisuke Obana’s vision to the mix, however, and you’ve got an edgy, modern design that manages to feel authentic to the watches’ roots at the same time. It’s the second collaboration for the two brands, and this time it’s part of the N.Hoolywood’s collection based on military post exchange (PX) stores.

N.Hoolywood took the basic military feel of the Khaki Field and doubled down by giving it a stealthy black treatment with matte finishes. The Arabic numeral hour markers are black against the black dial, as with other such “phantom” watches, so they’ll appear almost like shadows, visible only in certain lights. All that blackness, though, makes the white Super-LumiNova-coated hands, outer track with its triangle hour markers, and the inner track with military time stand out even more. It all looks unexpected, pragmatic — and just plain cool and unique.
The Khaki Field Auto — which the watch is based on — is a more practical alternative to the basic Hamilton Khaki Field Auto 40 N. Hoolywood that we love to recommend as the field watch go get. With automatic winding, the Auto offers more detailed case finishing and construction as well as a slightly upsized 40mm diameter. It also offers a case back window to view the H-10 movement with 80 hours of power-reserve, and for the N.Hoolywood model, the window is plainly printed with the words “Watch, wrist: General Design by N. Hoolywood/Hamilton” and some of the watch’s specs.
Between its robust build quality, respected brand heritage, and diverse design selection, Hamilton’s Khaki Field collection has long served as one of the best value propositions in the watch industry. However, because of the timepiece’s obvious military influences, it’s traditionally been done up in more subdued hues like brown and olive drab. At least until now.

As a follow-up to their previous project in 2009, Hamilton and Japanese fashion label Hamilton Khaki Field Auto 40 N. Hoolywood have joined forces for a 300-piece Khaki Field Auto collab. Inspired by military exchange service (PX) stores, it’s bedecked in a blacked-out colorway with a PVD-coated 40mm stainless steel case and some ghosted Arabic hour markers. However, to maintain the watch’s legibility, Obana has given it a set of brilliant white SuperLumiNova hands as well as a matching chapter ring and an inner 24-hour track. Set off by a NATO strap with its own black-on-black hardware, the result is a watch that’s as distinctive as it is understated. As with Hamilton’s other Khaki Field Autos, it’s powered by an H-10 movement beneath a sapphire crystal and display back, offering an 80-hour reserve and 100m of water resistance. Unfortunately, it’s not destined for the States, but you can learn more below.