Hamilton has added a Camo variant to its Khaki range. The 45mm watch gets a NATO strap, plus beige and green colours on the dial and inner bezel. Here’s the word from Hamilton;
Designed with pilots in mind and built for a life of adventure, the Khaki Aviation X-Wind Automatic Chronograph flies through the crosswinds in a bold new guise, with camouflage patterns and new color variants extending across the dial, strap and case. Featuring an inner rotating bezel and an anti-magnetic Silicon hairspring, this high-performance piece has combat-chic looks and assertive style.
Verdict: You could lose a grand on this one in 3 months of ownership.
This is no entry level watch, it’s a hefty CHF2095 (£1930) and although it has rugged adventure watch looks, you could probably invest in a Breitling Navitimer if you like big watches, and expect to get 60-80% of the value back one day.
The same isn’t generally true of Hamilton watches, which are still not seen as true prestige or luxury watches by many collectors and posers alike. Don’t believe me? Just take a Hamilton Khaki with box n papers etc. to a pawnbroker or jeweller and see what they offer in cash, not as a PX value.
The Hamilton Khaki is arguably one of the most authentic modern takes on the famous Dirty Dozen watches from the WW2 movie.
For starters, it’s a Hamilton and yes, they were actually used in combat back then. Secondly, it’s just got that military look off to a tee. Green NATO strap, aged lume that carries a bit of old school radium patina – not real radium of course. Plus a Swiss movement inside and a 24 hr dial diplay that’s just punchy, sharp and readable in any light.
Best of all, they made it a bit bigger this year, with a 42mm case size. Yep, a 38mm is more in keeping with wartime watches, which had to be small and hidden under your sleeve, because well…snipers n stuff. But we think the 42mm case will prove more popular today where dudes like to show off their watches a bit more.
All this for £470. Not too pricey considering it’s a Swiss watch. OK, Hamilton are entry level but this is a cheaper option than a Tudor Field Ranger, by about 1700 quid.
Cheaper rivals from Timex, Seiko and Luminox are more serious for Hamilton, especially the Seiko Field watch which can be found online for about £100.
Hamilton has introduced a bronze case variant in their Khaki model range. The watch retails at £795 and has that classic WW2 military look, with a touch of dive watch bronze patina going on.
Paired with a rugged black color dial, ultra-legible luminescent 24-hour markings, bronze-tone hands and a high-grade leather strap, the case metal’s deep, sunset tones give our practical field watch a dash of serendipitous charm – says Hamilton.
Slim and lightweight thanks to the lack of a winding rotor, our exclusive, hand-wound H-50 movement powers the 38mm field watch with military precision behind a titanium case back.
Like all bronze watches this one will age nicely over time.
Hamilton has a limited edition Khaki model out now, here’s the press info;
Our high-performance Khaki Aviation Converter Automatic Chronograph is now available in a thrilling new look that celebrates the continuation of our partnership with Air Zermatt. Limited to 988 pieces – one for every mission to the Matterhorn from 1968 – the special edition features glacier-blue sub dials and accent markings and a bright red seconds hand, a nod to the colors of the rescue team’s well-recognized helicopters.
Air Zermatt’s distinct logo is printed on the timepiece’s open case back that offers a peek at our exclusive H-21-Si chronograph movement developed with a superior anti-magnetic silicon balance spring to ensure accuracy in the most perilous environments.
An exhilarating watch for pilots, adventurers, aviation enthusiasts and fans of mountain life, the Khaki Aviation Converter Automatic Chronograph Air Zermatt Edition has stellar form and function. Designed for both the thrill and skill of flying, it features a logarithmic ‘slide-rule’ bezel that enables pilots to perform crucial calculations for critical factors like airspeed, distance and fuel consumption, during flight.