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- Round stainless steel watch with black dial featuring white Arabic indices and date window at 3 o'clock position
- 38 mm stainless steel case with sapphire crystal dial window
- Automatic self-wind movement with analog display
- Leather band with contrast stitching featuring buckle closure
- Water resistant to 100 m (330 ft): In general, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not scuba diving
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Stainless steel case with a brown leather bracelet with contrast stitching. Fixed stainless steel bezel. Black dial with luminous hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. Minute markers. GMT scale appears around the inner ring. Date display appears at the 3 o'clock position. Automatic movement. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Solid case back. Case diameter: 38 mm. Case thickness: 11 mm. Tang clasp. Water resistant at 100 meters/ 330 feet. Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, date. Additional Info: h70655533. Hamilton Khaki Field Men's Watch H70455533.
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B000J179X6
- Item model number: HML-H70455533
- Date first listed on Amazon: September 12, 2006
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Hamilton|
|Dial window material type||sapphire crystal|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Case diameter||38 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||11 millimeters|
|Band length||Men's Standard|
|Band width||20 millimeters|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel|
|Special features||measures-seconds, Luminous|
|Item weight||5.28 Ounces|
|Movement||Automatic self wind|
|Water resistant depth||330 Feet|
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My son-in-law, who is a mechanical engineer and, like me, a watch nerd, turned me on to the Hamilton Khaki Field, and I'm glad he did. It gets the most wrist time of all my watches. It's a great casual-wear watch, with a ubiquitous, tried-and-true, workhorse ETA 2824-2 movement that can be easily serviced by any watchmaker. I opted for the 38mm version, rather than the 42mm or 44mm version, of the Khaki Field, because the 38mm size is closer to the size of the field watches Hamilton supplied to the U.S. Army during WW II. I also believe the current popularity of pie-plate-size watches is a passing phase. A man should wear the watch; the watch should not wear the man. The 38mm size is a good in-between size. Not so small as to look puny on my 7.25" wrist, but not so large as to look garish (see photo). According to the Watch Snob (AskMen.com), "the acceptable range for most male wrists is 36 to 40 millimeters, and there’s no excuse for buying larger unless you’re a sumo wrestler."
Although not a COSC-certified chronometer, after a break-in period of several months my Khaki Field has been running at +3 sec./day, which is within COSC specifications. That's impressive for a watch in this price range. The display case back is a feature not typically found on watches in this price range. The movement is not elaborately finished but, as a watch nerd, I get a kick out of observing the movement in action.
The watch case is stainless steel with a brushed finish (appropriate for a field watch), except for the thin bezel, which is highly polished. Given the toolish nature of the Khaki Field, I would have preferred the bezel to have been brushed stainless steel like the rest of the case. However, the polished bezel does add a bit of bling to the watch. Given the styling of the watch and strap, I would not consider this watch suitable for wearing as a dress watch. It is first and foremost a field (i.e., military-style) watch, intended for casual and active outdoor wear. However, if you were to swap out the stock strap with a dressier leather strap, it might look okay with a suit. That said, there are other collections in the Hamilton lineup (e.g., American Classic and Jazzmaster) that more closely walk the line between casual and dress watch without the need to change the strap.
The Khaki Field has a large, knurled crown, which makes it very easy to hand wind the watch (when necessary) and adjust the time or date. The crown is signed (which is de rigueur with "nicer" watches) and turns very smoothly. It is large enough that you could probably wind or set the watch with gloves on. However, it is a push in crown, rather than a screw down crown. I would have preferred a screw down crown, which improves water resistance, but I assume that would have added to the cost of the watch. A screw down crown isn't a "must have" in a non-dive watch.
The sapphire crystal is nice, but it does not have any anti-reflective coating. Some reviews I read suggested an AR coating is not appropriate for a field watch because it would likely get scratched or wear off over time. However, given that the Khaki Field is made for outdoor activity, I think an anti-reflective coating would have been appropriate. Both of my (much) more expensive Seamasters have an AR coating and they are designed for diving, which, in my opinion, involves a higher risk of scratching the crystal. Unlike a screw down crown vs. a push in crown, I can' imagine adding AR coating to the crystal of the Khaki Field would add significantly to the cost of the watch.
The 10 bar/100m water resistance rating for the Khaki Field is adequate and appropriate for a field watch. It's not a dive watch. I wouldn't swim with the Hamilton Khaki Field (or, for that matter, any watch on a leather strap), but I'm certain it could withstand showering, torrential rain and brief submersion in water. I routinely wear an inexpensive Timex Expedition watch -- with a snap on case back and water resistance rating of only 50m -- when washing my car, and have never had a problem with water getting inside the watch case, even after repeated dunks in a 5-gal. wash bucket. I also hose off my Timex Expedition after working in the yard and I've never had a leakage problem. Consequently, I believe the Khaki Field, with its screw down case back and water resistance rating of 100m, could easily handle similar exposure to water.
The only beefs I have with the Khaki Field are (i) the length of the leather strap, and (ii) the lume. I found the stock strap to be a bit short for my 7.25" wrist. I could get it buckled, but only by using the next to last hole. I solved that problem by swapping the stock tang buckle for a push-button, butterfly deployment clasp. The deployment clasp adds length and allows me to use the middle hole on the stock strap, which is ideal (see photo). A deployment clasp also keeps the leather strap looking nice because the leather is not bent back and forth when the watch is put on or removed. The use of a deployment clasp also allowed me to remove the second strap keeper. If you find the stock strap to be too short, and are not a fan of deployment clasps (which I think are great), I would highly recommend purchasing a Hirsch "Liberty" leather strap, which is available in long and extra long lengths. Hirsch straps aren't the cheapest alternative, but they are high quality. The Hirsch "Liberty" leather strap also looks nearly identical to the Hamilton strap. Even if the Hamilton strap works for you, I would recommend the Hisrch "Liberty" strap if you ever need to replace the Hamilton strap.
The leather strap on the Khaki Field appears to be quality leather and is beefy. The leather is thicker at the lugs (I would guess 4mm), but gets progressively thinner toward the buckle end. If you purchase a deployment clasp for this watch, make sure to get one that will accommodate a thicker strap. The leather was a bit stiff at first, but has softened up over time. I regularly apply mink oil to the strap, which softens the leather and provides water resistance.
As for the lume, it's just okay, not great. I suspect the lume is not super luminova or, if it is, Hamilton uses less of it than is used on higher-end watches. That said, the white hands and numbers on the black dial make for a watch that is legible in relatively low light. There is no lume on the second hand so it's not possible to time something to the second in extremely low light. However, the second had does have a red tip, which adds a nice bit of color to the dial. A minor point, but the tip of the second hand extends nearly all the way to the outer edge of the dial, which I like. I hate second hands that stop short of the minute/second markers and simply point to the minute/second markers, rather than sweep over them.
All in all, the Hamilton Khaki Field is a very nice watch bearing the name of a once great American watch company. Although Hamilton watches have been made in Switzerland since 1969, the Hamilton Watch Co. was "born in the USA" (Lancaster, PA, 1892) and strapping on a "Hammy" takes one back to a time when stuff was actually made in the USA. The Khaki Field is a great watch for someone who is just getting into mechanical/automatic watches, as well as someone who owns one or more "luxury" automatic watches and is looking for a "beater" watch to wear with jeans and a t-shirt.
For those who are purchasing a mechanical/automatic watch for the first time, be aware mechanical/automatic watches require regular servicing/maintenance, approximately every five years. Hamilton currently charges $190 for a "complete maintenance service." A local watchmaker is likely to charge a similar amount. However, if you maintain a mechanical/automatic watch, it can outlive you.
UPDATE: The latest version of the Hamilton Khaki Field uses a caliber H-10 movement, which was originally developed by/for Tissot (another Swatch Group brand) and is referred to as the "Powermatic 80" in the Tissot line. The H-10 movement has an 80-hr. power reserve (vs. 42 hrs. for the ETA 2824-2), but has a lower beat rate (21,600 bph vs. 28,800 bph for the ETA 2824-2). Because of the lower beat rate, the second hand on the H-10 movement does not sweep as smoothly as the ETA 2824-2 movement. I have read on several watch blogs that the H-10 movement is based on the ETA 2824-2 movement, but incorporates changes to increase the efficiency of the movement and, thus, the power reserve. I'm a fan of the tried-and-true ETA 2824-2 movement because it's a movement any competent watchmaker would be familiar with and able to service easily. I'm not sure the same can be said of the new H-10 movement. I read a review of the "Powermatic 80" movement that stated, "the high-tech escapement has no regulator; the rate is set at the factory with a laser, making the manual rate adjustments normally required by a mechanical watch unnecessary." I'm not sure if that's a good thing or bad thing. Not being able to regulate a mechanical watch seems like a bad thing, but, if the H-10 movement would never require regulation, that would seem to be a good thing (assuming properly set to begin with). Frankly, I don't know enough about watch movements to weigh in on the subject with any authority. The lower power reserve of the ETA 2824-2 movement is not an issue for me because my watches are either on my wrist or on a watch winder 24/7. I'm not suggesting the H-10 movement is inferior to the 2824-2 movement. Just different. I assume the H-10 movement is a perfectly good movement and would still recommend the watch despite the different movement.
When I opened the box I was surprised at how nice it was. The packaging is a really sleek black box, with a smaller black box inside of it. The watch looks beautiful sitting in the box, all shiny and new. I love the look of the watch, and it does look even better in real life. Out of the box it needed to be wound up in order to get it working, but that was to be expected. I think I gave it like 10-15 turns, set the time and put it on.
The leather strap was pretty stiff at first, and it wasn't really that comfortable. I had to work it around in my hands a bit for a couple days but it has since become very very comfortable. It's a very nice thick leather strap, and I'm very picky about leather products. Overall the stitching on it seems solid enough and I think it will last a long time (hopefully, it looks like an exact replacement from Hamilton is $115).
The watch just works. Part of the reason I got this was because I wanted a watch that would last forever. I got tired of changing the batteries in an old fossil I had, which looked very dated and out of style. This is automatic, so as long as you're wearing it, it works. I check the time against an online source every once (about once a month) in a while and it only gets off by about 2-3 seconds on average. I don't need it to keep absolutely perfect time, so that is good enough for me. The crown of the watch is very large and easy to operate. Twist it up to wind it (be careful not to over wind it), one pull stop sets the date, 2 pull stops stops the second hand and allows you to set the time. The date automatically changes between 10pm and 2am, so it doesn't actually change right at the midnight marker. This is normal functionality (as it states in the instructions), and you shouldn't try to mess with the date between those time periods as you can damage the internals. This is a very different kind of time piece from what I've been used to (cheap) over the years. I really like that if properly maintained it will work forever, no batteries needed.
The Hamilton Khaki Field comes with no nonsense garbage on it. Time and date. No day of the week, no altitude, no stop watch, or any other crap that you think you will NEED but 99.99999% of the time all you really need is to know what time it is. I would rather ditch the noise and just have something that works, and functions how a watch should.
Obviously people say it looks rugged, vintage, old military like. I love it because it looks classic, timeless and simple. This is not a watch that in 20 years I will look back and think, damn why did I get that color, or I wish I would have gotten something else. Black face with white hands make it easy to see, and will go with just about anything. The brown leather band looks really nice and if you treat it (I use Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP) it repels water and sweat from your wrist and keeps the band looking brand new (although it did make the suede on the inside look like it had been worn for years, but at least I know it's protected). Overall I think this design will last me forever. I have too many expensive hobbies already and collecting watches is not something I have the time or money for. Getting one watch that will last me forever and I will never get sick of, was my motivation. And the Hamilton Khaki Field (38mm) fills that role for me.
I love the font of the numbers. They are clean and simple, and not roman numerals (which I hate!). I also like that it shows the 24 hour numbers on there as well, not necessary for me but I still like it. The red arrow at the tip of the second hand shows a nice touch of color set against the black and white.
The Sapphire Crystal is still as clear and scratch free as when I pulled it out of the box. It picks up smudges and finger prints fairly easily so I just wipe it on my shirt to clean it up. But I knocked it on a metal pole once accidentally while walking around downtown and it didn't leave a mark.
Just some minor things that I don't really mind but think I should mention. The highly polished rim around the crystal is really beautiful looking. I even like it in contrast with the brushed steel of the rest of the watch. But I would ultimately like the brushed steel look all over, as that part doesn't show any scratches, but the polished portion has some minor scratching already. No big deal though, it's a watch and it goes everywhere with me, there is bound to be some wear and tear.
The glow in the dark numbers are not very easy to see at night. The hands you can make out easily enough, but the numbers are very dim. I've charged them with a flashlight and they were glowing like crazy but it wears off after like 15 - 20 minutes. It would be better to see the numbers easier at night.
The Sapphire Crystal has a slight dome shape that really picks up light. So there is glare on it when you look at it. It could be improved but it doesn't really bother me that much. I haven't had a situation yet where I just couldn't read what time it was.
Do I regret buying this watch? Not at all. In fact I think I love it a little more each day. Would I recommend this watch to friends and family? You bet. Provided they are willing to spend the money, and are willing to properly maintain it. If you don't want something that will need tune up from a professional every two years, don't get this. I take care of the things I own, even if I'm a little rough on them from time to time. This has held up to me over the past few months of constant wearing. Overall it's a solid, classic looking, beautiful watch and I'm very happy with it.
I just wanted to update this review and let everyone know my impressions after owning/wearing the watch for the past 8 months. It's still a great watch. Of course there are a few scratches on the polished steel parts. But not a single mark on the Sapphire Crystal. The leather has also shown very little wear in that time. I wear this thing every day, the only time I take it off are when I shower (and sometimes I've forgotten take it off and showered with it on!). It still keeps accurate time too. Basically This is exactly what I wanted in a watch.
The other thing I've noticed is that nobody complements me on this watch. Nobody really takes notice of it, and if they do, they don't feel the need to say something. Which I personally love. This is quality without flaunting how much you have spent. I buy quality items that last a long time, and I will pay more for that. But I don't buy higher priced items to get noticed. If you want people to notice how beautiful and expensive your watch is, look for something else.