Military Watches: Hamilton Khaki Field Watches Review


Military Watch: Hamilton Khaki Field
Men’s wrist watches were invented for soldiers during World War I. Soldiers found those military wristwatches were high quality and convenience compare to pocket watches in the old days. As a result, wrist watches became popular after the war. Military watches are long lasting watch model. Many watch brands launched their own military watch series. Hamilton Khaki Field is one of them.

Hamilton Watches

Hamilton is an American brand that was born in Lancaster Pennsylvania since 1892. At that time, Hamilton was making accurate pocket watches for railroad.

During World War II, Hamilton was the official supplier to US army. Hamilton designed a new series of military watch called Khaki for US soldiers. Hamilton was producing one million of Hamilton Khaki at that time.

Old Hamilton Military Watch

Old Hamilton Military Watch

Today, Hamilton is currently under The Swatch Group Ltd. Hamilton is one of the leading brand for automatic watches in an affordable price range from 500 to 2000 USD thanks to ETA movements made by The Swatch Group.

Hamilton Khaki Field Watches

Hamilton Khaki Field is one of the Hamilton Khaki series. Hamilton Khaki Field contains many members that have different design, from historical military design to trend fashion design. Hamilton Khaki Field watches are made by durable stainless steel with sapphire crystal. Hamilton Khaki Field with manual winding movement is known as Hamilton khaki field mechanical. Hamilton khaki field automatic, also known as Hamilton khaki field auto, is equipped with self winding swiss movement.

Military Watch Hamilton Khaki Field with box

Military Watch Hamilton Khaki Field with box

Comparison

Hamilton Khaki Field
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Model# HML-H69419363 H70555533 H70515137 HML-H70575733
Crystal Sapphire Crystal Sapphire Crystal Sapphire Crystal Sapphire Crystal
Case Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Dial Green Black Black Black
Water resistance 50m / 167 feet 100m / 330 feet 100m / 330 feet 100m / 330 feet
Case diameter 42 mm 42 mm 42 mm 42 mm
Case thickness 7.8 mm 10 mm 8 mm 11 mm
Band material Canvas Calfskin Stainless Steel Canvas
Movement ETA 2801 ETA 2824-2 ETA 2824-2 ETA 2824-2
Movement type Manual winding Automatic & Manual Automatic & Manual Automatic & Manual
Date display Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power reserve 40 hrs 40 hrs 40 hrs 40 hrs
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Design

When I first look at the Hamilton Khaki Field series of watches, I found that they look fashion and modern with the classic military watch soul. The dial is simple and clear that you can read the time without second glance.

Military Watch Hamilton Khaki Field H70555533

Military Watch Hamilton Khaki Field H70555533

Military Watch Hamilton Khaki Field H70515137

Military Watch Hamilton Khaki Field H70515137

Case & Strap

The case is made up of stainless steel that is finished nicely. My Hamilton Khaki Field’s strap is stainless steel that is polished very well (leather strap is also available). The case is not too thick and it is light so that I can wear it comfortable. 38mm or 42mm case are available. The watch is water resistance is up to 100m.

Military Watch Hamilton Khaki Field Case and Strap

Military Watch Hamilton Khaki Field Case and Strap

Movement

Hamilton Khaki Field manual winding model is equipped with ETA 2801 while the automatic winding models are using ETA 2824 / 2824-2 that support manual winding as well.

Military Watch Hamilton Khaki Field Movement

Military Watch Hamilton Khaki Field Movement

I like the dual support for both manual and automatic winding so that I can manual winding the watch when I am not wearing it. The movement is well made, the time is very accurate. My Hamilton Khaki Field automatic (H70515137) is +3 to 4 seconds per day.

Conclusion

Hamilton Khaki Field is one of the great military watch. The brand has a rich and long history for making military watches. The design is classic but the watch designer add some modern fashions that make the watch looks smart and outstanding. The watch is solid and nicely build. It is not COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) but the time is accurate. The only complain for this watch is that when it is completely dark, I can hardly read the time. Nonetheless, it is a good watch which is great value for money in a affordable price range. There are many different models under Hamilton Khaki Field product line that you should be able to find one you like. More Hamilton Khaki Field watches in Amazon can be found here.