Sometimes watch lovers have a choice to make. Wear a vintage watch that has vintage size, or wear one of the new oversized pieces that have become so popular these days. Hamilton helps to make such decisions easy by making a watch that hits that sweet spot in size and in features, Their Khaki Field Mechanical watch is just awesome for the outdoors, and yet classic looking enough to wear to indoor events as well.
The watch was first release at one of Hamilton’s boutique locations in Japan.
The watch is an excellent manually wound field watch that is inspired by the military watches issued from the 60’s through the 80’s. Fans of quality military issued watches will know the bead blasted steel cases, and the mechanical movements having 50 meters of water resistance. This watch also has several upgrades. The crystals are now made of scratch resistant sapphire. The winding crown is oversized for easy use. The movement is the Swiss made, ETA 2801-2 17 jewel work horse, and the lugs are drilled. The watch used Superluminova instead of using tritium.
The Khaki Field Mechanical, known as the KFM, is an almost 1 for 1 remake of the MIL-W-3818-spec watch having Arabic numerals, and a small 24 hour scale with luminous darts as indices. The originals however were to have no brand name on the dial, but this new watch does. The case size back in the day was 34 millimeters, but it has been upgraded to 38 millimeters to capture that sweet spot in modern case sizing.
There are many who dislike aged lume in their watches, but this watch uses the lume in a way that adds to its vintage appearance. See the watch first, and then decide. The KFMs are being offered in two dial variations. One is black, and the other is matte brown. Both options look amazing. The black dial watch comes with a khaki colored NATO strap, and the brown dial watch comes with the sand colored NATO strap.
Even though vintage military spec Hamilton watches can be found at a reasonable price online, having the new and improved version guarantees a better result when out in the field. These new watches are only $450 each. There is no reason to balk at the price tag, and its an excellent investment in a field watch from a company that cares about quality, and has been connected to military entities around the world for decades. Go to Hamilton online to check it out, and thank you.