5/7/2021 0 Comments
Case and Dial
The relatively new Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Series by Swiss watchmaker Hamilton ( Swatch Group ), definitely hit a home run with this new field model which resembles an original Field watch from an era where Hamilton was actually an American company and produced numerous timepieces for the US army during the war. There is also the use of a nicely tuned mechanical movement for a longer power reserve, with a slower beat rate, and some nice strap options as well. Hamiltons best sellers are their field watches and I must say for the price ( Purchased at $328 from JomaShop Link Above^, It is a great watch! ) The solid 316L matt finished steel case has very traditional dimensions but does not really wear as small as they suggest. The case itself is 38MM / 9.6MM / 46.4MM Lug to Lug / 20MM Lug Width. The case is REALLY thin , and thats a good thing, as the originals were not that thick either. I love the fact that they added drilled lug holes for that vintage vibe and quick strap change accessibility. The dial is very a traditional field style and almost identical to the original field watches of World War II. It is meant to be extremely legible, crisp, and to the point. There is no need for a date when your in the trench timing mortars right? The off white dial is very nice looking and fits the patina liked triangles which are filled with C3 lume as eell as the hands. The long spear sweeping seconds hand reaches far out to the minute track allowing for precise second to second timekeeping. This IS actually a 2 piece case where the matt bezel is actually a part of the actual case itself, and then comes the screwed down brushed caseback for 50M of water resistance. The crown being traditional as well is a decent size with good grip and is Pull/Push. This is not a watch to go swimming with. Of course, mostly all Hamiltons come equipped with Sapphire crystals and the Khaki Field is no exception.
Powering this bad boy is the all new Hamilton H-50 calibre which is a manual wound movement with a power reserve of 80 Hours - increased from your traditional 38-40 hours. The base movement is an ETA 2801-02 hand wound caliber with 17 Jewels beating at 3HZ or 21,600 BPH. Considering we get almost double the power reserve, the beat rate was slowed from 4 hz to : hz to achieve this. I generally do not have a problem with it as the power reserve on this thing is insane meaning I can put it down on Friday - Pick it back up on Monday and go to work without winding it. Accuracy so far is quite good at around 4-5 seconds gained per day.
There are a few different band options for the Hamilton KF , but I chose the leather/nylon Hamilton band. It just fits the whole style and scheme
of the watch perfectly in my opinion and with such a thin watch, it almost wears too thin on a leather band. The nato is definitely of good quality and very flexible so there is no break in period needed for this one.
Furthermore, if you have around $350.00 to spend on a nice mechanical timepiece - this could possibly be your best best for good reason. First, your getting a watch that was actually used in a way by the army and in real tactical situation. Secondly, Hamilton has a large history and a great story behind the brand. Lastly, there are not many watches with Swiss on the dial, ETA movements, and Sapphire crystals from reputable watchmakers at this pricepoint. I am definitely loving mine and I think you would love it as well!