The Khaki collection by Hamilton is based on military watches that the company made for the U.S. during the Second World War. This year, three all-black Khaki watches have been introduced, this automatic chronograph, a day-date watch, and a quartz watch. The chronograph has Khaki Field hands coated with grey SuperLuminova, and applied hour markers. The dial has no continuous seconds – there is a 30-minute chronograph subdial at 12 o’clock, and a 12-hour chronograph subdial at 6 o’clock. In other features of the dial, legibility has been in part sacrificed on the altar of design. The most external ring on the dial for chronograph seconds, with quarter-second divisions, is interrupted by numerals for the tens of seconds. The 24-hour scale for the hour hand is interrupted by the subdials.
The watch is powered by the H-21 calibre made by ETA, an improved version of the Valjoux 7750, with 60 hours power reserve. Precision of the H-21 is reportedly excellent, at about COSC levels (-4/+6 seconds per day deviation). The movement alone is 7.9 mm thick, so the watch itself is also a comparatively thick piece, probably around 15 mm. The case is in stainless steel with black PVD coating, 42 mm in diameter, with black rubber strap. It has a sapphire caseback. The water resistance is 10 bar, 100 metres, provided in part by means of the screw-down crown.
Price and reference Khaki Field Black
The Hamilton Khaki Field Black Auto Chrono, reference H71626735, retails for 1,765 Swiss francs, €1,650.