Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Review

Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic ReviewScore 81% Score 81%

About Hamilton

Hamilton was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892. Now headquartered in Switzerland, Hamilton is well-respected in the watchmaking industry for making reliable and stylish timepieces. Hamilton watches tend to be priced in the $750 – $2,000 range.

I own several Hamiltons and generally have had good experiences with their watches.

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Review Summary

Hamilton has priced the Khaki Field right. At $500 it offers a sapphire crystal, a Swiss-made ETA 2824-2 movement, and a date display. Hamilton is known for quality of craft, and the Khaki Field is another example of that. I’m not a fan of the strap it ships with, but that’s an easy fix and doesn’t sour my opinion of an otherwise fine watch.

Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Technical Specifications

Model Number

H70555533

MSRP

$495

Case Diameter

42mm

Movement

Automatic, ETA 2824-2

Complications

Date display

Power Reserve

Approximately 38 hours

Water Resistance

100m/330ft

Crystal Material

Sapphire

Setting the Time

The ETA 2824-2 is a hacking movement, meaning the seconds hand stops when you pull the crown. This makes it easy to set the day and date precisely.

How To set the time:

  • Pull crown to the furthest position (position 3). Turn the crown clockwise to set the time. Note that the date display will roll over at midnight, thus denoting AM time.

How To set the Date:

  • Pull crown to the middle position (position 2). Turn the crown clockwise to set the date.

Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Aesthetics & Design

The Khaki Field reminds me a lot of the Timex Weekender or Seiko 5, though it is at least 2mm larger than both. The dial is simple and flat, save for the hour markers which bring a slight element of depth to the face.

The green and brown scheme works well together, though I have to admit that I’m not a fan of the strap. The dial and case on their own are a fine combination, whereas the strap’s best accomplishment is that it doesn’t attract attention.

The brushed case lets the polished bezel capture the eye, and that polish frames the green dial very well. A keen eye will notice the tip of the seconds hand, which brings a touch of red to the face.

Another watch I reviewed – the Victorinox Infantry Vintage Mechanical – has a similar aesthetic. Where the Victorinox shows off a little more, this Hamilton is more reserved. I’d say understated, but it isn’t really that- it’s just not yelling as loudly as the Infantry Vintage is.

At night the minute and hour hands are clearly visible. The rest of the dial, however, is much more faint by comparison. You can still see the hour markers, save for the date display at 3 o’clock. Nighttime visibility generally isn’t a problem.

Hamilton Khaki Field Build Quality

One area of concern I have is the polished finish on the dial. The rest of the watch, including the ho-hum strap, looks and feels like it was built to be worn daily. The polished bezel will show wear much more noticeably.

Crystal, Case, and Dial

The sapphire crystal is slightly domed, but otherwise stays tucked out of the way. Hamilton has not applied an anti-reflective coating to the crystal.

The hour and minute hands are mounted straight and look and feel secure when manipulating the time. I don’t expect to see the hands fall off on a Hamilton.

The stainless steel case is built well. The tolerances are tight and there are no defects in the workmanship that I can see.

Strap and Clasp

The leather strap feels quite secure and strong. It’s a little thicker than what I’m used to, and I think that plays a big part in that feeling of strength. It doesn’t show a lot of wear after being worn for a good eighty hours either.

The clasp is a standard Hamilton stainless steel unit. It doesn’t feel flimsy and is snug when secured.

 

More About the Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic

Movement

Hamilton uses ETA movements in their watches. In the Khaki Field, they are using the ETA 2824-2. The 2824-2 is a “workhorse” movement used by a variety of manufacturers from all over the world. It is widely considered a reliable automatic movement.

In the Khaki Field, the 2824-2 is accurate to an average of +/- 7 seconds per day, with a maximum deviation of +/- 20 seconds per day.

Value for Money

You can find the Khaki Field Auto on Amazon for around $400, and I think that’s a fair price for this watch. It’s made with all the right materials, looks great day or night, and is built to last.

Hamilton as a watchmaker is one of my favorites because of the value they offer. They are Swiss made timepieces using Swiss-made movements. My experience with them as a brand overall has been very positive- I’ve owned six Hamiltons in total, with three currently in my collection. The Khaki Field is an excellent first automatic, or the automatic you want to wear every day.

Either way, it’s one of the best automatics you can buy for $400.

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Review Date
Reviewed Item
Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic
Author Rating
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Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Review Conclusion

81%

My thoughts While I prefer the look of its silver-dialed cousin, the Khaki Field Auto is a fine watch in whatever color you buy it in. It's built to last and uses a reliable ETA 2824-2 movement. Priced at $400, it's good value too.

Aesthetics & Design
70%
Build Quality
85%
Movement Accuracy & Reliability
80%
Value for Money
90%

About The Author

If it ticks or tocks Cameron probably wants to have it on his wrist. Founder of the website, and lover of things that keep good time, Cameron likely wrote this article three or four times before it was published (and there's probably still a grammatical error in there somewhere... d'oh!)

22 Comments

  1. Richard Ralph

    Hi Cameron,
    for a matter of interest, if you don’t mind me asking – what size wrist do you have? The watch looks a little too large in a couple of the photographs, I’m tossing up between the 38mm and 42mm at the moment and would appreciate your comments… does it wear big?
    cheers,
    Richard

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    • Cameron Martel

      Hi Richard,

      My wrists are approximately 7.75″ around. I find that a 41 – 44 mm diameter is ideal for me, though that obviously may change depending on the style of the watch/bracelet/lugs/etc.

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      • Richard Ralph

        Hi Cameron,
        thanks for your reply – same circumference as myself and I also typically wear 40 – 43mm so must be an optical illusion or maybe the type of lens that was used. Problem solved, decision made, next job is to place an order….!!!!
        cheers,
        Richard

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  2. Bob Uma

    That watch definetely is to large for you.

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  3. erik

    That watch looks WAY too big for your wrist, you aren’t measuring your wrist correctly if you believe you have a 7.75″ wrist, more like 6.5″.

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    • Cameron Martel

      lol no, it fits just fine. Remember that as this watch was provided by Gem by Carati I did not want to stress the leather so I did not break it in. It sat a little awkwardly as a result 🙂

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    • Si Jones

      42 mm is NOT too big. I have a smaller wrist too and I find it just right. ( i cant stand small dials) Its not obtrusive like some over sized timepieces that are trendy today.

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  4. Hugo

    I just ordered this Hamilton. I think she will be perfect for weekends and holidays. I am interested recently to automatic Swiss watches. After a few Tissot (Couturier auto chrono and Le Locle), this will be my first Hamilton! By the way, your site is very well done and I really like it!

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    • Cameron Martel

      Thanks for your comments 🙂

      I think you’ll find the quality of your upcoming Hamilton to be on par with what you’ve come to expect from Tissot 🙂

      Reply
  5. Sam

    When I got it (a month and a half ago) it was loosing something like 3 seconds per day, now it s 8 seconds per day. I thing it need to be regulated.

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  6. Tom

    I am buying this model before they become too hard to find. But I have a question… Most Hamiltons have the “swiss made” in tiny print on either side of the 6 o’clock marker. This one does not. Is it not assembled in Switzerland to gain the label? Is the movement from Switzerland, but assembled elsewhere? Or are some Hamiltons simply not labeled with the “swiss made” because it is an “American” design and they did not want to detract from that idea by writing “swiss made” on the face?

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  7. Si Jones

    “Swiss Made” is on the back.. I bought this watch with the leather strap, but quickly sourced an hamilton original stainless strap designed for it (similar clasp to omega seamaster) as I preferred the weight of the metal with the watch (coming from heavier tissots or omegas). I love the watch and wear it every day (mostly)

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    • Cameron Martel

      It really looks sharp with the bracelet! Nice choice 🙂

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  8. Ed

    Cameron, I have an issue with my Hamilton Khaki Officer Automatic. The problem is when the crystal is exposed to steam from cooking or doing dishes, etc., the crystal clouds up. It’s not condensation but something else. I’ve sent it back to Hamilton once for repair but the same problem recurrs. What is the issue?

    Frustrated in North Carolina

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      • Ed

        I believe it is inside the crystal.

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  9. Dean Baker

    An excellent review on a fine watch. I initially bought the 42mm version and found it to be too large for my 7.5″ wrist. I thought that interesting in that I have several watches that measure 42mm and had no issue with them. At any rate, I exchanged it for the 38mm version and have been quite happy with it. I believe the subtle nature of the design, not to mention the nod to it’s mid-20th century ancestry, imparts a “less is more” feeling to the watch.
    A screw down crown would have been nice, as I have seen reports of moisture getting inside.
    I do have to ask though, are you sure about the AR coating on the sapphire? I would have sworn there was none.

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    • Cameron Martel

      You are correct in that it does not have an AR coating. I have since corrected my review. 🙂

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  10. Bert

    Just picked the 38mm version of this watch recently — prospective buyers should note that the newer versions have a different movement, but it’s for the better! Instead of the ETA 2824-2, Hamilton uses a modified movement developed in collaboration with ETA (they’re both owned by the Swatch Group) called the H-10 which actually has an 80-hour power reserve. The version I purchased was supposed to be the former, but I got the latter and it was a pleasantly surprised. If you’re wondering which you have, the old one clearly said “2824-2” with a plain rotor, while the new one does not say the type of movement, but has a notable H-shaped hole in the rotor. It’s sharp.

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  11. David

    I have just bought the 38mm automatic khaki feild watch. l needed a reliable timepiece, being a train driver it pays to have the correct time. (I’m not keen on wearing the plastic digital watches the railway provide.) I also do a lot of hill walking and running about with the dog so a tough waterproof piecec is a must. Hamilton have served up a cracker, I absolutely love it. I like the simple uncluttered face too…no nonsense like a lot of watches have. 10/10 for me.

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