One of the recent runaway success stories in the land of well-priced watches has been the Hamilton Khaki Mechanical. Hamilton — notable for its American roots even though these days its part of the Swatch Group — released the Khaki Field Mechanical 38, with (you guessed it) an historically appropriate 38mm case size. Alongside the case, it also boasted a manual winding movement and a sub-$500 price tag. Add to this potent mix the fact that these Hamilton’s are a faithful homage to the Field watches worn and issues to American servicemen (particularly during the Vietnam War) and you’ve got a hit on your hand.
So it came as a surprise to no one when Hamilton upped the ante earlier this year and extended the hand-winding Khaki Field Mechanical line. Adding different case, dial and strap options into the mix, as well as delivering a solid movement upgrade. Now, we’ll go into the details shortly, but the good news is — none of these new takes on the genre are too much. The design choices stay true to the utilitarian spirit of the original. And, while a blue-dialled Hamilton with an integrated steel bracelet might be a diamond in the rough, it wouldn’t be a field watch.
So, what’s new about these new takes on the Hamilton Field Khaki Mechanical? Well, the line now has four dial options: black, white and green and brown. The black and white dials are offered in steel cases. The brown (which is marked as ‘coming soon’ on Hamilton’s site) comes with steel on a beige nylon strap. And the green is the most interesting of the bunch, with a PVD coating in ‘earth’ which looks, from a distance, like heavily aged steel. On top of these case and dial combos, there’s an assortment of strap options, leather and nylon NATOs in a range of earthy colours.
And while these new variants keep the Khaki Field spirit alive and well, the really interesting coda to this tale is that the movement is no longer the manually wound version of the ETA 2824 (the 2801), but rather the ‘H-50’, which boasts 80 hours of power reserve, and is likely based on the Powermatic 80, an ETA movement developed with Tissot. The finale hurrah comes from the fact that this extra power comes at no extra cost. The line starts at $495 USD for steel on nylon and moves up to $575 USD for the green and earth model.
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