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.

Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto 40mm

The Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto 40mm is a 40mm automatic that offers the ideal size and other watch-wearing essentials like an ETA automatic, sapphire crystal, and display case back. If you want a basic dress watch with super simple and reliable elements, then you may need to have this watch in your arsenal.
Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto 40mm continues to be a respected player in the Swatch Group’s middle-range market along with sister companies like Tissot, Certina, and Mido. This year, the 38mm Field Mechanical from Hamilton’s Khaki Collection got a lot of attention with its vintage-inspiration.

With less fanfare, the Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto 40mm Collection released this Thinline Auto 40mm. If you go searching for this Thinline keep an eye out for other models with a similar look. The Slim Auto has a 43mm. There’s also an Intra-Matic Auto that shares a similar dial design but straddles the sizes with a 38mm and a 42mm in their American Classic Collection.
The sample I got from Hamilton had me at “hello.” The polished case was brighter than the images on Instagram and the dial color was striking. The leather strap was soft and easy to size although the crown was a little small for my sausage fingers.

The crown may be small, but the case size is spectacularly perfect. I loved their watches of the 50s and 60s, but always laugh when I see the small size on my wrist. I feel like I’m a giant, even though my wrist is only 7.5” in diameter. Today’s watches at 42mm seem too large and often feel like a fashionable ticking timebomb. Eventually, the size is going to be too big. The 40mm case size (and varying lug to lug lengths) is my sweet spot.

The size of the dial to case can convey a larger or smaller feel, and this one looks larger since there’s not a lot of case around the dial. The Doxa dive watches are great examples of a what a small dial can do to the overall feel of the watch.
The case is 9mm slim by my calipers and the sapphire crystal has no meaningful impact on the height. The crown was a little disappointing since it seemed exceptionally small, or because I’m used to my Oris Big Crown Propilot. I guess the crown size is a good thing since the case can still be big for those who like the 38mm case size when crown digs into the wrist. This crown will not do that at all.

The case has a high polish finish and weighs practically nothing. I was a little disappointed in the weight thinking that the heavier a watch means tough, but that’s not completely rational. I know this. The great thing was that the 53 grams had exceptional comfort for the entire day of wear.

Part of the comfort comes from knowing how easy it is to change straps. They used a “EasyClick” system to provide a tool-free means of removing the straps, which come in four colors including the white champagne dial I reviewed and the slate gray, midnight blue, and bronze. The strap also had a polished and signed buckle which was exceptionally easy to size for the wrist.

The luminescence is slight on these dials, but I didn’t mind it too much, because you really want to see these dials in full sun. The light hitting the color is very handsome. The date window at 6 o’clock is small but not deep under the dial making the date easy to read from any view point. There is no seconds hand and I really didn’t miss it. I doubt you will either.
The ETA 2892-A2 is the standard bearer of automatics in the Swatch Group family and this movement is not a surprise. I was surprised how audible the rotor was as I wore it. I could tell it was delivering on its promise to wind the mainspring, but at times I didn’t want to hear it.
Face it. Everyone needs at least one, thin dress watch that will be an understated time teller when you’re dressed up. This one offers the dial and strap options for any taste, has a basic reliable movement and sapphire crystal, and has the brand that’ll be around for a long time.

Hamilton Khaki Aviation X Wind Day Date Auto Chrono Green Camouflage

Hamilton first developed the Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind watches in close collaboration with master aerobatics aces like France’s Nicolas Ivanoff, to offer pilots a unique new functionality: the chance to calculate their correct drift angle according to wind direction, a crucial element in precise navigation at altitude.  This highly technical element resulted in a complete rethink of the pilot’s chronograph, requiring an inner rotating bezel to display crosswind and drift-angle calculations, screw-down crowns on the right flank of the watch to operate this function, and the pushers for chronograph operations moved to the left side. We adapted our advanced H-21 chronograph movement with silicon balance spring, extended 60-hour power reserve and day-date display to power this innovative format. Due to high magnetic fields in airports, the non-magnetic properties of silicon is particularly useful in a pilot’s watch.  Powered by this high performance technology, the new Khaki Aviation X-Wind Automatic Chronograph is among Hamilton’s most complex and pragmatic aviation watches. Whether you’re venturing out into the desert for a wilderness adventure or gearing up for life in the urban fast lane, its combat-Hamilton Khaki Aviation X Wind Day Date Auto Chrono Green Camouflage chic looks, assertive style and 45mm sizing make it a powerful choice for a life of action.  The impressive pilot watch is available in two rough-and-ready styles: A brown dial matched by a steel case coated in sandstorm beige PVD, or stainless steel case with a deep blue dial. To further underline the idea of adventure, we brought in new rough and high-tech fabric straps to complete the look. The camouflage pattern is also extended to the dial of the Khaki Aviation X-Wind Day Date. Paired with a stainless steel 45mm case coated with a rich brown PVD and a green textile strap it’s an exciting addition to the X-Wind range. Its precise NivachronTM balance spring completes the package.  A thoroughly contemporary timepiece for leaders and fearless adventurers, the Khaki Aviation X-Wind Automatic and Automatic Chronograph has a boldness of purpose and style perfect for the cockpit. 
Aviation has been a focus at Hamilton for years, dedicating part of the Khaki collection to the adventurous spirit and unique necessities of pilots. The Khaki Aviation collection combines both vintage-inspired pilot’s watches as well as robust flight instruments such as the Converter Automatic Chrono. The Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind extends this dedication even more, with a design that is all focussed on calculations. And it now comes in three new variations; a pair of chronographs and a day-date version.

The first Khaki Aviation X-Wind was developed with French pilot Nicolas Ivanoff, a master aerobatics pilot and 13-time Red Bull Air Race participant. The concept of the watch relies on the need for pilots to calculate multiple parameters during a flight, in this case, the correct drift angle according to wind direction. This unique need for calculation led to a rather unusual watch, combining multiple traditional indications with those required by airmen. And a design that is, by no means, traditional or understated.
We start with the X-Wind Auto Chrono models, in which no fewer than three crowns and two pushers are spread across the case. The crown and pushers are positioned on the left side of the case, in a reversed layout, and are operating the movement and actuating the chronograph functions. In the same vein, the start/stop pusher is placed at 8 o’clock and the reset pusher is positioned at 10 o’clock. This also means that the layout of the dial is different from what’s usually found on a Valjoux-based chronograph, with a 12-3-9 position of the sub-counters. 

You have a typical display for the chronograph function, only upside down; a 12-hour counter and a 30-minute counter at 12 and 6 o’clock. What remains is the running seconds, indicated at 3 o’clock. On the left-hand side of the dial is a day-date indication.

That’s for the basics. Now comes the aviation-inspired functions. On the periphery of the dial are two rotatable inner bezels, operated via either one of the crowns on the right side of the watch. The internal bezels are used together with the external bezel to calculate cross or drift winds in mid-flight. This allows the pilot to determine the corrections for their bearing in case of a crosswind. It goes without saying that this is probably easier to understand for trained pilots. 

The inner and outer bezels work together to perform the required calculations. The crown 4 o’clock operates the upper internal bezel, while the crown at 2 o’clock operated the lower internal bezel. A window in the upper emphasizes the indication that is displayed by the lower bezel. The external bezel needs to be aligned properly to make the necessary calculations. You need information like wind speed and direction, as well as an understanding of geographical versus magnetic bearings to make full use of this. To help in this task, Hamilton provides a proper explanation on how to do that in the manual that comes with the watch.

All of these functions are featured in a large case, measuring 45mm in diameter. This year, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind Auto Chrono is presented in two new variations, mostly differentiated by their colour scheme and dial patterns. The first version has a “sandstorm beige” PVD-coated stainless steel case with a camouflage pattern on the dial, with beige markings all around. Despite the almost uniform colours, legibility and contrast remain surprisingly good on this edition – which is, without doubt, the boldest of the collection. It is worn on a beige textile strap with rivets.

The second edition of the Khaki Aviation X-Wind Auto Chrono is more classic, and will certainly be easier to wear on a daily basis. It comes with a non-coated stainless steel case, paired with a blue sunray-brushed dial with white markings and orange details, and is fitted to a blue textile strap.Powering these two chronograph versions is the Calibre H-21-Si, an evolution of the robust 7750 architecture, with an improved power reserve of 60 hours and an anti-magnetic silicon balance spring. 

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 38 Bronze

Everyone loves a watch that fills a purpose. Dive watches made to conquer depths that we will never venture down to. Chronographs, intended to time laps we will never race. Even dress watches, paired with tuxedos we rarely wear. We find intense joy in the specialized and the niche. That’s all well and good, but there’s an even greater joy to be found in the quotidian — a comfortable, reliable ritual that makes up so much of our daily, ordinary life. The ordinary is calming and has a distinct charm. It’s also a life that calls for a particular sort of watch — an everyday companion, proven and reliable.

This is exactly where the genre of watch known as the field watch fits. Hard-wearing, robust and functional — the field watch typically doesn’t boast the bells and whistles of more specialized sports watches, but it doesn’t need them. Field watches have been around in one form or another for over a century, and they have proven themselves in some of the harshest environments imaginable. While many brands have created their own take on a field watch, one name stands above them all, and that is Hamilton. Before we learn about the brand’s latest Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 38 Bronze, let’s find out where the field watch was born.
There are a few contenders for the title of “first” wristwatch, be that the timepiece commissioned by a Neapolitan queen, or the one made for the pioneering Brazilian aviator. In truth, these singular examples did little to shift the needle of popular taste when it came to moving watches from pockets to the wrist. The necessities of modern war drove that shift.

In the First World War and other conflicts, an accurate and rugged watch could be a literal life-saver. Of course, this style of watch, born on the field of battle, didn’t end there. The utility of the wristwatch was proven, and as thousands of veterans returned home wearing them, the era of the wristwatch had begun. But beyond firming up the future of the wristwatch, the defining qualities of a military field watch — legibility, reliability and durability — had been clearly established. More importantly, it quickly became evident that these attributes weren’t just for the armed forces. Outdoorsmen, explorers and backyard adventurers found uses for these hard-wearing watches. The field watch was a proven hit with civilians and service members, and watch brands paid attention, with many making their own version of this practical timekeeper.
When it comes to field watches, the name of Hamilton looms large. Founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the heart of American watchmaking, Hamilton’s watchmaking played an important role during the Second World War. In 1942, Hamilton ceased all consumer-focused production to concentrate on the needs of the armed forces because more than ever before, timekeeping mattered in war. Hamilton played its role brilliantly, delivering more than one million timepieces during the war. The trying conditions of wartime production required the watchmaker to innovate, developing new lubricants and their own non-metallic alloy for use in hairsprings, Elinvar Extra. Of particular significance were the 10,000-plus marine chronometers the brand produced. These gimbal-mounted, high-grade pocket watch mechanisms were primarily used for naval navigation — in a hostile environment when radio signals could be intercepted, navigation by dead reckoning was the only viable option. That required an accurate chronometer, and the ability of Hamilton to produce their incredibly accurate chronometers at scale had a material effect on the American war effort. Admiral Arleigh Burke, chief of staff to vice admiral Marc Mitscher during the battle for Leyte Gulf, wrote: “The ships of the 3rd and 7th Fleets that fought at Leyte Gulf were absolutely dependent upon Hamilton Marine Chronometers for the accurate time that was essential to successful naval and air operations. This United States victory, in one of the greatest naval battles ever fought, marked the beginning of the end of World War II.”
So well-regarded was Hamilton’s contribution to the war effort that between 1943 and 1945, it was awarded with the Army-Navy “E” award five times. This award was a symbol of unparalleled excellence in production. Of the 85,000 companies contributing to the war efforts, fewer than five per cent would receive this distinction. Hamilton’s production included less specialized pieces, such as the accurate wristwatches supplied to the U.S. Army Ordnance Department, which, like most military issued watches, was powered by the brand’s caliber 987 and its variants, and the standard-issue military wristwatch which, with its black dial, luminous hours and well-built case truly fit the mold of a field watch.
It is a different watch, from a different war, that serves as the template for the Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm. It is a watch made according to the military specifications laid down in 1964, known as MIL-W-46374, which listed the requirements for the general issue military watch, requiring an economical and mass-produced timepiece. This document, more than any other, effectively codified and standardized the modern field watch. It wasn’t long before these watches started being issued in bulk by quartermasters across the American sphere of influence as American combat troops entered the Vietnam War from 1965, with more than half a million in the theater by 1969.
The watch that Hamilton made for these GIs was a 33mm time-only watch with a clear dial layout and notable 24-hour inner scale. Simple and effective, and, like the Hamilton watches worn by the generation before them, these watches continued into civilian life. Not just on the wrists of returned soldiers, they were also sold in army surplus stores and by companies like L.L. Bean and Orvis through the ’80s and ’90s. At this point, the watch’s identity was well established as the Hamilton Khaki Field watch.

The Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm in Bronze
In 2019, Hamilton, now part of The Swatch Group, took the field watch back to its roots with a remake of the popular Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm collection, a direct descendant of the military watches of the 1960s, albeit with some welcome modern twists. Today we get the latest evolution of Hamilton’s best-selling model.
Of course, there’s the black dial with luminous triangles on the hour, both 12- and 24-hour time scales, and hash marks for the minutes. The white hands are also luminous, with beige Super-LumiNova to match the dial. The crystal, unlike its Vietnam-era ancestors, is hard-wearing sapphire, virtually scratch-proof. And the movement is the unique H-50, a hand-wound mechanical with a solid 80 hours (or three-and-a-bit days) of power reserve. It’s wonderful that Hamilton has kept true to the legacy of the field watch by opting to use a manual movement. Naturally there are automatic watches in the brand’s catalog as well, but for this unabashed nostalgia piece, the hand-winder is appropriate and appreciated. The lack of rotor keeps the case slim too, at 9.6mm tall, perfectly in proportion with the 38mm width.

The real talking point about this case is the material. Bronze, an ancient alloy with great corrosion resistance and the tendency to develop a patina unique to its wearer and the environment it’s in, is a popular material in watch cases. Of course it also makes sense in the context of a military-inspired watch, as bronze is a metal commonly used for military decorations and medals. The warm tones and charm of the alloy certainly synergize with the world-weary aesthetic of the Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm beautifully. What’s more, the titanium caseback and 20mm leather NATO strap ensure that the watch won’t leave any patina on your skin, which is a bonus.
This latest step in the long and winding journey of Hamilton’s field watches manages to both be looking back at the model’s rich past while striding into its exciting future. While the adventures you might take the Hamilton Khaki Mechanical 38mm in bronze on are likely a little less extreme than those of previous generations, the watch still lives up to the rigorous standards and reputation of the field watch. In fact, with its improved mechanical movement, sapphire crystal and a bronze case in need of a patina, this could well be the greatest Hamilton Khaki yet. Add to this the price of USD 825, and you’ve got a watch that isn’t just made for adventure, but asking for one.
Hamilton has just announced a new 38 mm brushed bronze alloy version of its basic Khaki Field watch.

The Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Bronze watch exterior will gain a natural patina as it oxidizes over time — a typically desirable effect. Although, a hypoallergenic titanium caseback prevents allergic skin reactions that could happen if the bronze material was sitting directly against your wrist.
Driving the time-only watch is a hand-wound caliber H-50 movement, with an 80-hour power reserve, made by ETA exclusively for Hamilton. The centrally mounted sword-shaped hour and minute hands, along with an arrow-tipped center seconds hand, indicate the time. All the highly legible markings are printed directly on the dial, and include an additional 24-hour military time scale, inside the standard hour Arabic hour scale, which is surrounded by minute hash marks on the outermost chapter ring. All three hands have beige lume. Triangle-shaped luminous markers sit on the chapter ring to indicate hours, or to delineate five-minute/second gradations.
Each Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Bronze watch is paired with a 20 mm wide brown leather NATO-style strap the closes with a pin buckle. A sapphire crystal protects the dial and water-resistance is rated down to 50 meters. (Ref. H69459530)

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.).