- Product: Field watch
- Brand: Hamilton
- Model: Khaki Field H69429931
- Diameter: 38mm
- Best price: Amazon
- My Score: 8.5/10
The Brand – A Brief Presentation and Interesting Facts of The Company
Hamilton is an American brand which was founded in 1892, manufacturing pocket watches and focusing on quality and accuracy. In 1912 Hamilton delivered the first series of its pocket watches, which were very popular and useful in the railroads to be able to time because of the accuracy. Later in 1914, the company became the official supplier of watches for the U.S. Army, and with that, they changed from pocket watches to wristwatches. Hence, the history with field watches that now is embodied in the Khaki Field.
Moving forward and after many successes of the company throughout the years, in the 1960s one of its models, the Ventura, became very popular because the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, was sought using it. This created a lot of popularity and hype for the brand amongst the public. Many other watches were also featured in movies and series and in landmark moments of modern history.
And in the present, 2018, Hamilton is celebrating 100 years of timing the skies, because of its history in the aviation sector and its models that were very popular in this sector.
The Watch Itself
Today I will talk about a watch that is one of the most practical and simple watches at the same time. The Hamilton Khaki Field. This watch has a military inspiration in its design, hence the “Field” in the name, which is a practical and also kind of sporty watch.
The watch does not only have the military style looks but also the military toughness and resistance. It is made to last and to be used on a hiking or expedition in the woods’ day and all sorts of “field” and outer activities. Because of its tough construction, the Khaki Field will resist almost any type of conditions and tasks that you might face while using it and it will also tell you the time whenever you need it. It’s a watch that is really good for people who beat their watches and want a quality and well-priced watch that can resist almost anything.
The watch that we are talking about has a case size of 38mm, which it will sound to be a little small for some people, but believe me that if you are not used to the size you will get used to it but also if you don’t like small watches this is not the watch for you. But don’t worry, if you really liked the watch but the size is not your cup of tea, there is another option variation of the Khaki Field in 40mm, which personally I think is a size that fits very well to almost all men.
With a sapphire crystal, this watch will resist almost any sort of scratches that could happen and it is also very hard and that is another feature that adds to the toughness of the watch.
The Characteristics and Features
This specific model of the khaki Field comes with a mechanical hand-winding movement which is magnificent for the price and very reliable. It comes on a nato strap which makes it even more capable for the field and outer activities and it also gives it a more military look.
It has a water resistance of 5 ATM or 50 meters which is good for the everyday activities and usage but not for submerging it too much and I will recommend, if possible, not to swim with it. And to be honest is OK for the watch because the purpose of the watch is not the same as of a divers’ watch, so 50 meters of water resistant is really nice for the watch to have.
It does not have a bezel or rotating bezel but, as I mentioned earlier, it has a sapphire crystal which is scratch resistant and durable. The face of this particular model is black with big 12hour numbers and smaller 24-hour numbers in the inner part of the big numbers. It does not have a date complication, which for me is the most useful complication, but its not a big issue because the watch looks gorgeous with those big number on the black dial and those white luminescent hands which in combination create a clean and field aesthetic that gives its own character to the watch.
It does not have an open back to appreciate the movement but that’s part of the field and military aesthetic which makes it tougher and more durable.
My Verdict and Recommendation
The Hamilton Khaki Field is a watch series that I personally find to be tremendously nice and good-looking amongst the field watches and also with a very good and quality finish it makes one the most perfect field style watches out there. In addition, the price range on which you can find these watches is really nice, depending on the size, the model and the movement you can find them at different prices, but usually around 300 to 600, which I think is a really good price for the value you get and the history of the brand too.
The score of 8.5/10 that I give is because of the history of the brand and watch, also on how the watch looks and the quality for your money that you get, which is really good. In general, this watch is excellent and for me is the best field watch out there. But also because of the low water resistance and the size, I would prefer the same model in 40mm, which is not bad but not perfect either, that is why I give an 8.5 out of 10.
After all the information and reasons that I give I can certainly recommend this watch if you are looking for a military-oriented field watch. You can find the same model on Amazon for around 400 dollars right now.