A few months back I added a Hamilton to my collection. The Hamilton brand story itself is enough to get most watch enthusiasts attention. For me, the story behind the watch brand matters. If you want to learn more about this famous brand have a look at my Hamilton Brand Notes Post.
First, this watch is versatile. The clean black and white dial pairs well with the stock, brown leather strap. It certainly is a plus that 11-millimeter thick case slides under a dress shirt cuff. Drop on a grey and black, bond Nato strap and you’re ready to roll in a t-shirt and flip-flops.
Dial and Hands
I must admit that I’m game for most any pilot or field style watch. The first thing that caught my eye with this watch is the full day display at twelve o’clock. I was a little hesitant with no 12 at the top of the dial. But, after some consideration, I realized that features uniqueness was the draw. The clean lines and simple fonts make the dial easy to read. Reading from the outside of the dial inward there are hash marks for seconds with numbers on the tens. Further inward, there are the actual hour numbers as well as 24-hour numbers at the inner ring. The syringe style hands and thin arrow second hand add a nice stylized touch to this military watch.
Movement and Case
The 25 jewel H-40 movement packs an 80-hour power reserve at full wind. Seeing that nothing comes without a cost, the speed of the second hand sits at 21,600bph. The skeleton back gives a nice view of the movement at work. As well, Hamilton did a really nice job on the simple yet refined rotor etching.
The heft on the brushed stainless steel case is perfect. The curved lugs help the 40mm case to lay nicely on the wrist. Crown guards add a nice touch to the watch and the curve of the guards flow well with the case shape.
Band and Buckle
Although the Khaki King Auto comes with a metal bracelet, I opted for the brown, leather band. The band strikes a perfect balance wrapping the wrist yet holding shape without wrinkles. The ivory stitching all the way around the band stands out and gathers just enough attention. My thinking was this watch could pull off a suit and tie with ease. And, as mentioned above, with the right Nato this watch will pull double duty like a champ.
All in, this watch is the definition of Swiss watch value.