For 2018 Hamilton released what I consider to be one of the best vintage inspired re-editions to date. Having previously owned a vintage Hamilton from 1982 I can say that the updated 38mm case from 34mm was a much needed, and welcomed addition to the collection.
A side-by-side comparison of my 34mm vintage U.S. Army issued Hamilton on the left from 1982 and the updated 38mm 2018 vintage inspired model on the right.
The Khaki Field Mechanical still has the same practical field watch look as the original issued to U.S. Army servicemen in the mid 20th century. Hamilton has a storied past serving as one of the main suppliers of watches for the U.S. military from the 1940’s up until the 1990’s. Doing away with any unnecessary clutter on the dial this is a no frills, no-date, manually wound tool watch with hours, minutes, and central running seconds for effortless legibility at a glance. Being a military watch it features a hacking seconds mechanism and both 12hr and 24hr time indication on the dial. This piece is the perfect weekend wear and looks great on the dark green nato strap with brown leather accents giving it just the right amount of personality adding to the vintage feel.The case features a rugged looking brushed finish. It is a proper tool watch through and through. The oversized crown is easy to grip and provides easy winding.
The luminous faux patina hands and hour markers work well and at first glance you could mistake this for being a vintage watch. At $475 USD and featuring a solid workhorse manually-wound Swiss movement with 42hrs of power reserve, this piece offers incredible value for money. If you are a fan of vintage inspired, mechanical military timepieces but you are looking for a more approachable, modern case size this one fits the bill perfectly.
Here are the specs of the watch:
MODEL REFERENCE: H69429931
CASE: 38mm Brushed stainless steel. 20mm lug width. Case thickness 9.5mm.
STRAP: Nato with leather accents.
MOVEMENT: ETA 2801-2 (Hand winding).
POWER RESERVE: 42hrs approximately.
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