Hamilton is about to release the Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Automatic, and if you like a little history to your field watch, it doesn’t come any richer than Hamilton. The brand, originally founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892, has been producing reliable timekeepers for the military for most of its 128-year history.
Hamilton’s high-quality mass production techniques scared the living daylights out of visiting Swiss watchmakers at an exhibition in the States some 60 years prior to World War II, and had it not been for the war where the focus had to switch to the manufacture of other machinery, the USA and Hamilton, in particular, would most likely still be among the world’s number one producers of watches.
Hamilton’s hardy field watches have been standard issue for American troops during both World Wars, not to mention the longest war in American history, the 19 year and 6-month conflict in Vietnam.
During World War II the high quality of their watches resulted in Hamilton being awarded the U.S. Army-Navy “E” Award for manufacturing excellence. At the time, Hamilton was one of the few watchmakers in the world with the mass production capability to produce over 1 million dependable watches for American troops who relied on synchronized timekeeping. It’s not surprising therefore that many an old soldier went to great lengths to hold on to his Hamilton field watch. Once the war was over, they were supposed to be handed back to Uncle Sam. However, should you go looking for old military issue Hamilton field watches you’ll find many of the military watches do not feature any Hamilton branding on the dial.
Modern-day watches from Hamilton enjoy both American spirit and Swiss precision as Hamilton is today part of the mighty House of Swatch.
The many watches in the Hamilton Khaki Field family take their inspiration from some of the early and still sought-after field watches. And while the design template may remain recognizable, 21st century Hamilton Khaki Field watches are high precision pieces made with today’s manufacturing techniques, materials, and technology.
For 2020, Hamilton retraces familiar ground with a military-styled Khaki Field Automatic, this time in titanium, making it lighter, but just as robust as previous models. Until now, the Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto has only been offered in a couple of versions, but the choice is increasing.
The watch comes in two 42mm titanium versions. One features a black PVD case with a black face displaying military tan numerals and hands; the other comes in a soft brushed titanium case and bezel framing a silver dial with pale green supernova hands and markers. Both offer 12-and-24 hour numerals, but there is no date window.
Both the new field watches are mounted on a soft and comfortable grainy brown leather strap and are powered by Hamilton’s H-10 automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve. Manufactured in house by ETA, it’s also known as an ETA CO7.111. The mono-block rotor is distinctively skeletonized with an “H” shape and military aviation-inspired cut-outs, to mark the watch as being distinctly Hamilton.
The black PVD model will sell for $995 and the no PVD version will sell for $945. If they grab your attention, keep your eyes peeled on the Hamilton site for availability this March.
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