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 is owned by the Swatch Group – the same group that owns movement manufacturer ETA. In general, Hamilton’s are well-made watches that are solid choices in their segments. That description fits the Khaki Field exactly.
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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Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Technical Specifications
- Model Number: H70555533
- MSRP: $495
- Case Diameter: 42mm
- Alternate Models: Different color and complication combinations available
- 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.
This Khaki Goes With Almost Everything
Field-style isn’t hard to do, but that doesn’t make it any less satisfying when it’s done right. I think the Khaki does it right.
The green and brown scheme works well together, though I have to admit that I’m not a fan of the strap. This is a superficial gripe, since the strap itself is decent quality and there’s nothing inherently wrong with it. I just don’t like it. I had the same critique of this fieldish Citizen.
In my mind, like the Timex Weekender or Seiko 5, the Khaki Field is one of the obvious choices and best representations of its segment. The dial is simple and flat, save for the hour markers which bring a slight element of depth to the face. On the model shown here, the smooth inner-dial is circled by a grooved ring that the Arabic numerals sit in. Tapered hands and a red-tipped seconds hand complete the look.
The brushed case lets the polished bezel capture the eye, and that polish frames the green dial very well. The crown is embossed with Hamilton’s logo, and the clasp is engraved with the same. It’s a good look all-around.
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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.
At night the minute and hour hands are clearly visible. The rest of the dial, however, is much fainter by comparison. You can still see the hour markers, save for the date display at 3 o’clock. Overall, nighttime visibility is pretty good.
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.
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.
More About the Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic
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. The Khaki Field is an excellent first automatic, or the automatic you want to wear every day.
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.
Right now, it’s one of the best automatics you can buy for $400.
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- About Hamilton
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- Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Technical Specifications
- Setting the Time
- This Khaki Goes With Almost Everything
- Hamilton Khaki Field Build Quality
- More About the Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic