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May 29, 2021

In November, Hamilton announced the debut of the Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm, a recreation of their 1960s American military field watch. The Khaki Field Mechanical was released in the United States early this year. As you might expect, the Khaki Field Mechanical is part of the Khaki Field line. The range has military-inspired timepieces with minor modifications to the MIL-W-3818B standards. Check out our Hamilton field watch below!

Hamilton Khaki Field King Black PVD Ref. H64465733

The Khaki Field King is an extremely affordable mechanical model with a fully-spelled-out day-of-the-week indicator, among the many Hamilton field watch available (the collection is now separated into Khaki Navy, Khaki Aviation, and Khaki Field). The majority of the Khaki Field King watches are made of naturally polished steel, but this model, reference H64465733, has a black PVD-coated case for a stealthy look.

Hamilton Khaki Field King Black PVD Ref. H64465733

Movement

The Swiss Made movement is a 3Hz, 80-hour power reserve automatic movement with the time and day/date calendar complexity, and is created specifically for Hamilton by sibling firm ETA. The Hamilton field watch's movement is visible through the caseback window. It isn't embellished, but Hamilton did so on purpose to keep the expense down. For a higher price, the firm offers a variety of decorative movement-based watches.

Case

The Khaki King case is 40mm in diameter, which, when combined with the rather wide bezel, results in a very medium-sized wearing experience. The steel casing is around 11mm thick and has a lug-to-lug distance of about 50mm. It is also water-resistant to 50 meters. The brushed black case finishing optically reduces the watch's appearance, therefore the Khaki Field King watch will appear larger in natural steel. The dial is in the usual Khaki Field class style, with some great forms and proportions. The hands were a little too polished for me, but the great contrast on the dial ensured that the watch remained quite legible.

Dial

The calendar windows are housed in a t-shaped notch beneath 12 o'clock on the dial. Hamilton chose a symmetrical design pattern, with the date window placed directly underneath the day-of-week window. This is something I've never seen before, and it changes the Rolex President dial layout, which keeps the date indicator window at 3 o'clock. The watch includes a separate scale for a full 24-hour set of markers, and the design of the hands has a personality-rich throwback feeling that has been a signature attribute of the Khaki collection for a long time.

Khaki Field King Black PVD Ref. H64465733

Strap

A high-quality black leather strap is attached to the casing, albeit the matte black hue isn't particularly fascinating. On a black NATO strap, I believe the Hamilton Khaki Field King would be a little more intriguing, but a black Hamilton field watch like this may be matched with whatever strap color you desire. The Hamilton Khaki Field King reference H64465733 watch costs $660.00 USD, which is a great deal.

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Officer Handwinding Green 38 Ref. H69439363

The Khaki Field Mechanical pays homage to its military heritage, just like their MIL-W-46374 spec watch, which was designed exclusively for use by navigators in the United States Air Force during the 1960s and 1970s, and their field watch, which dates back even farther to the 1940s during World War II. This specific variant is supposed to be the ideal blend of historical and current technologies.

Khaki Field Mechanical Officer Handwinding Green 38 Ref. H69439363

Case

The stainless steel case, which is 38mm wide and 9.5mm tall, is finished in a matte sandblasted tone to replicate the original finishing during the day to minimize reflections from polished surfaces. The Khaki Field Mechanical is also water resistant to 50 meters and wears remarkably well and versatilely on most of our wrists, for both men and women.

Ok, we have to underline the practicality of having a drilled-lug hole on the case of a Hamilton field watch, and this Khaki Field Mechanical nails it through and through. This allows the wearer to switch in and out for the delight of coupling different kicks (straps) on it to meet one's mood. A domed sapphire crystal and a screw-in case back with crucial specifications engraved are also included in the case. The crown has knurling on it that is just the appropriate size for winding up the watch.

Dial

Moving on to its military-spec dial, it is finished and conformed to look exactly like the MIL-W-46374, while we may characterize it as uncluttered, classic, utilitarian, soldier-ly, and adaptable as Eminem rhymes his choice words with his instrumental bars. The words "Hamilton" and "Khaki Mechanical" are also prominently displayed on the dial, which is balanced by the simple 12 and 24-hour military scales, luminous syringe hands, and vintage khaki green hue.

The date is shown on the right side for maximum convenience, yet the dial remains symmetrically balanced. Strapping the Khaki Mechanical Officer on the wrist, one can deduce that it was designed for function above all else and constructed to last, just like during wartime, when most of us thought our daily activities consisted of nothing more than desk-diving and cafe hopping.

Movement

The Caliber H-50, a modified 17-jewel ETA 2801-2 hand-wound center seconds movement, powers the Khaki Field Mechanical Officer Handwinding Green 38 Ref. H69439363. The power reserve has been increased to 80 hours, although the frequency of the balance has been reduced from 4Hz to 3Hz, or 28,800 beats per hour. to 21,600bph.

Khaki Field Mechanical Officer Handwinding Green 38 Ref. H69439363

The mainspring was also shortened due to the barrel arbor's core being reduced. The decreased beat-rate reminds one of an old school hand cranker found on older military watches, allowing for a longer power reserve in a hand-wound movement. With all of this said, Hamilton is one of the few companies capable of producing such a movement update on a wide scale while also remaining reasonably priced.

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Handwinding Brown 38 Ref. H69439901

The Hamilton Khaki Field H69429901 is inspired by the brand's historical military field timepieces, just like the rest of the Khaki Field collection. And if you look closely at this Hamilton field watch, you'll notice that many of the design elements are familiar. It has a very classic and conventional design, as you can clearly see. At the same time, it demonstrates how timeless it truly is. This watch is directly inspired by the antique Hamilton gg-w-113, which has a long and interesting military history.

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Handwinding Brown 38 Ref. H69439901

But, before we get started, there's one thing we need to figure out. The reference for this watch is H69429901. It is powered by an ETA movement. This watch appears to be identical, however it is powered by the Hamilton Caliber H50 movement. H69439901 is the reference number for this Hamilton field watch.

Case

Starting with the case, this Hamilton field watch has a matte bead blasted case that measures 38mm in diameter. The entirely matte case, of course, gives it a very sporty and rough appearance.

Because this is a manual watch, it does not have a rotor, allowing the casing to be quite thin. In actuality, it's around 10mm. As a result, the watch can easily be slipped under a cuff. The 38mm diameter adheres to the classic watch tradition of tiny dimensions, making it suitable for medium to small wrists. However, because to its unusually long lugs, the watch appears to be slightly larger. The watch measures 47mm from lug to lug. A watch with a large presence on the wrist without feeling bulky or awkward is created by combining a reasonably long lug length with a slender and compact case.

The lugs are angular and almost rectangular in shape, with sharp edges. The lugs are drilled, making it simple to adjust and change the strap.

Dial

However, despite the fact that the dial has a lot going on, Hamilton expertly executes it and keeps it busy without being cluttered. There's a significant difference between the two.

Khaki Field Mechanical Handwinding Brown 38 Ref. H69439901

Although there is a lot going on, the dial is incredibly well-designed and appealing to the eye. It has a clean and classic appearance.

Movement

The Swiss-made, hand-wound ETA caliber 2801-2 powers the watch. This is a tough, reliable, and long-lasting mechanical movement that's ideal for a military Hamilton field watch. Because the Swatch Group owns both Hamilton and ETA, it's only natural for Hamilton to use ETA movements. The frequency of the movement is 28800 BPH.

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