Founded in 1882 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Hamilton was one of the great American watch brands of the early 20th century, and a pioneer in watchmaking in general. Through the early and mid-twentieth Hamilton became a household name by producing everything from pocket watches for railroad engineers, to mil-spec watches for the troops, to deck chronometers for the Navy, to everyday dress and casual pieces loved worldwide. In short, Hamilton was a true watch brand, pursuing horology across a wide spectrum of disciplines while simultaneously gracing the wrists of of timepiece enthusiasts.
Now, Hamilton Watches is part of the venerable Swatch group, and a champion of affordable, well-made Swiss watches with American heritage. Simultaneously pulling from their rich archives and looking forward, the current catalog of Hamilton watches has something for everyone, from robust pilots watches, to track-ready chronographs, to elegant dress watches. By being part of the Swatch Group portfolio, Hamilton also has access to a wide range of mechanical movements, including those with 80-hour power reserves.
In the 1960’s the US-military issued MIL-W-3818B, a spec for rugged field watches to be issued to military personnel. Hamilton was one of a handful of brands that produced these watches, which were in issued from the 60’s to 80’s. A now iconic design in the annals of American watches, when people think of a “field watch” this is it. Compact, tough, easy to read at a glance, it’s everything a military watch should be and nothing more.
In 2017, Hamilton reissued, so to speak, this classic field watch design with the Khaki Field Mechanical. Now sporting 38mm cases with sapphire crystals, Hamilton stuck to the typography, hand design and general layout of that original mil-spec to create a perfect balance of modern watch with vintage styling. A true go anywhere, do anything tool watch, the Khaki Field Mechanical is the kind of timepiece you put on and never take off.