We always have time for a new dive watch at NWC mag and in general, Hamilton watches are a little bit under-appreciated in the UK we feel. So this new Khaki Frogman looks interesting and could make an alternative to an Oris, Omega, Panerai or a Blancpain if you’re on a tight budget.
It retails at just over £1000, which isn’t too spicy for a 300m diver’s watch, with a 46mm diameter on the wrist too.
Now it’s true that the H-10 movement has its roots in the ETA 2824, which has been around for decades and powers many Swatch Group timepieces. But the heritage isn’t as important as the modern, automated manufacturing process that underpins this versatile movement. You’ll find it in the Tissot Powermatics, plus several Rado, Certina and Mido models too.
Think of it as a VW 2.0 GTi turbo diesel engine, used in various Skoda, Audi and Seat cars and you’ll understand where we are coming from. Just because it’s almost a universal fitment, doesn’t make it a bad thing.
Rivals? Latest Christopher Ward Aquitaine, Seiko Prospex variations, or a Citizen Promaster Dive has 300m capability, plus eco-drive, big numbers, crown lugs – all for £300.
Watch the Navy Frogman promo video here;