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Besides telling the time, watches also serve functional purposes in performing specific tasks, this is also known to watch enthusiasts as ‘tool watches’. Hamilton has become a prominent brand that gained its reputation from producing robust and functional timepieces since 1892. Hamilton was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as a manufacturer of pocket watches renowned for their high accuracy and quality. This value carried on with them as they established themselves as a brand with deep horological significance in American history with the development of military watches, marine chronometers and aviation timepieces.
|Hamilton Khaki Field Auto Chronograph Ref. H71616535
Here’s one for the chronograph lovers. Military inspired timepieces have undoubtedly been synonymous with Hamilton, coming from a brand with such a rich military heritage. Many of us are familiar with the legendary Khaki Field Automatic, a classic cult favourite in the watch community renowned as one of the most value-for-money Swiss made automatic timepieces in its price segment. This time, we explore another exceptional offering in the Khaki family of watches, spicing things up with an automatic chronograph bringing a touch of warm retro-retro-adventure charm in an impressive contemporary package.
The solidly-built stainless steel case of the Hamilton Khaki Field Auto Chrono Ref. H71616535 certainly looks geared up for adventures, finished with an intricate mix of horizontal and vertical satin brushing on the top of the lugs and the side of the case for a robust character. Despite being a tool watch, the highly polished bezel surrounding the dial draws sophistication as it exhibits a stylish appeal, ready to be dressed up whenever the occasion arises - versatility is the keyword here.
|Original MIL-W-46374 specifications with Chrono layout
Dimensions are well proportioned with a case diameter of 42mm, a lug to lug distance of 50mm and a thickness of 14.5mm, wearing comfortably on a wide range of wrist sizes. The rugged look of the piece is elevated with a 20mm sandy brown calf leather strap, neatly stitched with contrasting white threads on the edges.
Let’s not forget the sexy chic stepped chronograph pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock. The aforementioned allows the start and stop function, whereas the latter sets to reset the Chrono’s seconds and counters. The central crown is screwed-in, serving a 100m water-resistant for the chronograph - it provides the wearer peace of mind when getting it wet or submerged - the kind where it befits a soldier in the field.
Chronograph pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock
Under the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the deep black dial of the Khaki Field Auto Chrono Ref. H71616535 definitely speaks for itself as it evokes the timeless flair of vintage 1970s military chronographs. The dial strikes a pleasing balance with dual chronograph registers on the 12 and 6 o’clock position, complemented with classic Arabic numerals for the hour markers, reminiscent of traditional pilot’s chronographs. Resting on a pattern of concentric circles, the gilt hour markers are applied and treated with a faux vintage Super-LumiNova lume that matches the minute and hour syringe-style hands, carrying the look of aged tritium paint prominently used in vintage timepieces.
The Khaki Field Auto Chrono Ref. H71616535 is driven by the Swiss-made Cal. H-21 automatic chronograph movement, based on the tried-and-tested Valjoux/ETA 7750 movement. Here’s where it gets interesting, Hamilton ramped up the power reserve to an astounding 60 hours compared to the regular 42 hours we get on the stock ETA 7750. This 25 jewel movement runs at a rate of 28,800 beats per hour (BPH), complete with Hamiton’s own custom-engraved rotor viewable through the screw-in display caseback which grants an ample water resistance rating of 100 meters.
|SuperLuminova for Superb Glow In Dark
The Khaki range of watches packs a punch when it comes to military-inspired timepieces, the Khaki Field Auto Chrono Ref. H71616535 carries a modern twist to the timeless style of classic chronographs with the right blend of vintage elements and a robust chronograph movement. Perhaps the best aspect of the Khaki Field Auto Chrono rests in its versatility as a piece that demonstrates the right amount of sophistication with the simplicity of an everyday all-rounder, making it such a tempting model in the line up.