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INTRODUCING: Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto with bracelet

The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto in brushed titanium case and bracelet.

Affordable watchmaking is on a groundbreaking roll.

In the last few years, we’ve seen the playing field between fine and accessible watchmaking levelled. The technical innovations and material solutions that have enabled fine watchmaking brands to capture consumer attention have become more available, allowing companies to create well-priced products that rival higher-end peers. Naturally, this is a bonanza for collectors and watch lovers, allowing new buyers to access more sophisticated timekeepers at great value.

The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto in 42mm black PVD-coated case and vintage lumed dial.
The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto in 42mm black PVD-coated case and vintage lumed dial.

The latest addition to the accessible and high-tech range of watchmaking is in Hamilton’s Khaki Field Titanium Auto range. This isn’t a new watch per se: the Khaki Field Auto in titanium has been around for a few years. It appeared in 38mm and 42mm case sizes, and when it was first launched in 2020, the vintage lume Arabic indexes and ‘Titanium’ engraving on the side of the case drew plenty of raised eyebrows from the public. But there was no questioning the performance of the watch. The Calibre H-10, which powers the watch (sharing the same architecture with the rest of the Swatch Group’s similarly specced movements), was reliable and robust, designed perfectly for the gorpcore and normcore style of the field watch.   

The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto in black PVD-coated titanium case with 'lunar' dial.
The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto in black PVD-coated titanium case with 'lunar' dial.

Then in 2022, the Khaki Field Auto had a bit of a remake. The design team tossed the faux vintage look aside and focused on making the watch interesting to the adventure-bound or adventure-adjacent collector. The idea was to create watches that would appeal to people who went on safaris and those who wore a safari jacket to the office. The 42mm models were in brushed titanium with two dial options of military green or navy blue. The 38mm versions were in green and black with a brushed case, and the PVD-coated titanium reference had a pitted grey dial.   

The watches all had a two-toned display, with a lighter ring for the lumed and oversized hour numerals. The outer minute track also sported a lumed bead for visibility at night, and the watches featured suede straps with pin buckles – a throwback, we suppose, to traditional field watch looks.   

The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto in 42mm brushed titanium case and bracelet.
The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto in 42mm brushed titanium case and bracelet.

This year, however, the new Khaki Field Titanium Auto models come with full titanium bracelets and at just a small increase from its leather-strapped siblings. Four models are available, two in 42mm and two more in 38mm. There’s a brushed titanium version for each size in what appears to be grade 2 titanium. This quality has all the hypoallergenic and corrosion-resistance of grade 5 but can’t be mirror-polished. Since they are field watches, a brushed titanium case makes much more sense.

The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto 42mm in black PVD-coated case and bracelet.
The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto 42mm in black PVD-coated case and bracelet.

   

The full black PVD-coated titanium case and bracelet models are the ones that have really drawn our attention. The all-black, military-issue look continues to be quite appealing to many buyers, and in a field watch, this is quite the perfect match. Whether you’re heading to a camping trip or a sports match, that watch is ideal for the occasion. Plus, the watches are ultra-light and durable; we’d recommend them as daily beater options.   

The Hamilton Calibre H-10 movement with 80-hour power reserve can be viewed via the exhibition caseback.
The Hamilton Calibre H-10 movement with 80-hour power reserve can be viewed via the exhibition caseback.

The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto is priced at just S$1,590 for the 38mm model in full titanium, which is only a couple hundred dollars more than the ones released last year. The priciest is the 42mm PVD-coated model, which comes at S$1,830. Head to an outlet near you to try it on today. 


Editor

Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.


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