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The Hamilton Khaki Field Watches🎖️ A Piece of American History

Hamilton Khaki Field collection
By Maverick, 4th of August 2022

Practical and precise, Hamilton Khaki Field watches compete with the best military watches out there.

You see, wearing a Hamilton could turn almost any watch collector into a rugged, robust and resilient guy or gal.

So, in this article we’ll be talking everything Hamilton; Hamilton history, Hamilton watches, military, aviation, American spirit and Swiss Precision… so let’s get into it…

Hamilton: An American Success Story

Hamilton‘s rich heritage dates back to 1892 starting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where it was based for the first 111 years of operations.

The company first made its name during the early days of the American railroads, where they supplied accurate watches.

As a result helping to reduce accidents by synchronizing timing on the rails.

They then turned to helping the US military in WWI and WWII and produced watches for the American defenders of freedom.

Because importantly, the  US soldiers needed a watch they could depend upon while fighting the enemy on the battlefield.

Meanwhile in 1918, Hamilton took to the skies helping the coast to coast U.S. Airmail service.

Consequently they helped the air man be on time, not matter what storm was coming their way.

Hamilton aviation vintage watch advertisement
Source: hamiltonwatches.com

“Buffeted by blustery guts…
blinded by swirls of white from snow-filled skies…
the air mail man flies on.
There is a port to be made – and made on time.”
– Hamilton Advertisement

After that, Hamilton gave rise to the world’s first electrical watch in 1957, powered by a battery.

And to top it off, the Hamilton watches are stars in Hollywood….

Appearing in more than 450 movies over the years. For example Christopher Nolan’s latest masterpieces, TENET…

As a side note, if you haven’t seen Tenet, do yourself a favor and go watch it tonight…

Oh and you may want to watch it twice, the first time round you’ll be scratching your head thinking, “What the **** is going on!?”

Moving right along and in 2003, Hamilton earned the Swiss made label, moving their headquarters and production to Switzerland, the center of watchmaking, but they still claim to be American at heart...

“From the railroads to the skies, the depths of the ocean to the urban jungle, with automatic or quartz movements, Hamilton watches represent the perfect balance of American Spirit and Swiss Precision”
– Hamilton Watches

 

With a military and aviation heritage, Hamilton’s watch collections include the Khaki Navy, Khaki Aviation, Khaki Field, the Jazzmaster and the Ventura.

So, with many great watches from the company, more watches for one article to handle, we’ll be talking  the Khaki Field collection in this one.

And we’ll save the other collections for another time and day.

3 Hamilton Khaki Watches in a row
Source: hamiltonwatches.com

The Hamilton Khaki Field Collection

The Hamilton Khaki Field is a military-style field watch that evolved way back from their early beginnings.

You could say, wearing a Khaki Field is like wearing a piece of American history.

Because these watches are robust, rugged, and resilient, great for the outdoors and any adventure life throws at you.

Looking for your next dress watch? Make sure you check out our article reviewing the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time collection. These dials will knock your socks off…

Mainly focusing on the classic army-style and a slight vintage look of its watches, the collection contains unique personality and design that’ll exceed your needs out in the field…

Whether you are trekking through the jungle, climbing mountains  or negotiating the urban streets.

And there is a lot to choose from with the Hamilton Khaki Field watch collection including mechanical, automatic, and quartz watches…

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Watches

First off the bat, we’ll start with the Khaki Field Mechanical watches…

These come with a manually wound Caliber H-50 and either in a 38mm or 42mm case.

Most of the mechanical watches are descended from the 1960s model worn by marines in Vietnam. 

Ooh-rah.

These watches are made out of stainless steel but can also come in black PVD-coated steel.

And with a camo tone, the PVD-coated steel slips under the sleeve easily with its 9.5 mm thick case. 

Hamilton, thinking of everything, also created cases with a matte finish in order to eradicate glare, which is pretty important if you’re a soldier trying to stay out of the sight of snipers…

K.F. Mechanical | 38mm | Ref: H69439931

Specifications:

  • Caliber: H-50
  • Movement: Mechanical
  • Case size: 38mm
  • Dial color: Black
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Power reserve: 80 hours
  • Water Resistance: 5 bar (50m)

The Hamilton Khaki Field mechanical watches have drilled lugs that connect the watch to a strong nylon NATO-style strap with leather hardware that intensifies the robustness and other overall looks of the watch. 

Its hand and markers are coated with an Old Radium colored Super-LumiNova also known as “faux lume”

And the power reserve can make an incredible 80 hours, which is not bad to leave over a weekend of good times. 

These watches also have stainless steel iterations available with a classic black or white dial.

They also come with a 42mm model that provides a more contemporary size option with much of the same specs and H-50 movement.

K.F. Mechanical | 38mm | H69439511

Specifications:

  • Caliber: H-50
  • Movement: Mechanical
  • Case size: 38mm
  • Dial color: White
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Power reserve: 80 hours
  • Water Resistance: 5 bar (50m)

Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Watches

As some watch lovers are not so much hooked with the regular ritual of winding their watch as others…

And may also find a date complication helpful in a world that seems to get more busier and busier everyday….

Well, for those guys, enter the Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic…

If that short trailer for the Titanium Auto doesn’t get you hot under the collar, I don’t know what will.

These automatic watches are available in 38mm, 40mm, and 42mm case sizes and and are made out of stainless steel and even titanium, giving you lightweight functionality and military style.

The 38mm is a little bit thicker than its manual winding sibling, at 10mm.

The self-winding movement, the H-30, brings these watches to life and is Hamilton modification of the ETA C07.621 “Powermatic” caliber.

K.F. Titanium Automatic | 42mm | H70665533

Specifications:

  • Caliber: H-10
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Case size: 42mm
  • Dial color: Black
  • Case material: Titanium
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Power reserve: 80 hours
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)

Its H-30 Caliber adds the brand’s personality with an openworked rotor and an enhanced escapement regulator.

And in some of the automatic models you get a date complication visible at the 3 o’clock window. 

In others you can also get the day date function.

These watches also provide a power reserve of up to 80 hours and are available in a variety of dial colors, strap or bracelet options… 

From military green, traditional black and even dark blue, some cases are also PVD-coated. 

K.F. Automatic | 42mm | H70555533

Specifications:

  • Caliber: H-10
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Case size: 42mm
  • Dial color: Black
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Lug width: 22mm
  • Power reserve: 80 hours
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)
  • Open Case Back: Yes

Khaki Field Quartz Watches

The Khaki Field quartz collection is defined by the quartz movement, and known for its dependability and convenience that you can get in a 21st-century watch…

Watch ref: h68401735
Khaki Field Quartz 40mm. Ref: H68401735 (source: hamiltonwatches.com)

The quartz models come with a date display window at the 3 o’clock and the dial is made up of scratch-resistant sapphire glass.

The quartz collection features a brown and silver color scheme with 37mm, 38mm, and 40mm cases and made out of high-quality stainless steel.

The model below is the Quartz all black 40mm stainless steel case with a synthetic black strap, very nice…

K.F. Quartz | 40mm | H68401735

Specifications:

  • Caliber: F07.111
  • Movement: Quartz
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Dial color: Black
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Coating: PVD black
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Water Resistance: 5 bar (50m)

The straps on the quartz models come in many options, stainless steel, canvas, textile and Leather and synthetic material with a lug width of 20mm.

And the movements are Calibers F06.111, F07.111, and G10.962.

They also feature a Buckle Clasp with Push/Pull Crown and have a water resistance of 50m.

K.F. Quartz | 40mm | H68551933

Specifications:

  • Caliber: F07.111
  • Movement: Quartz
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Dial color: Black
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Water Resistance: 5 bar (50m)

Final Verdict

Hamilton certainly has an excellent reputation and you can see why…

Since the company’s humble beginning in 1892, it has made dependable watches for the field, the skies and the seas.

Owning a Hamilton is owning a small piece of American history, with a dash of Swiss precision.

My pick? 

Can’t go past the black Khaki Field Titanium Automatic.

The lightweight titanium case and the simple classic black military style dial is a beauty to behold.

So, what do you think, which Hamilton Khaki Field is your fav?

Living on borrowed time,

– Mav

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