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The orig­i­nal soldier’s watch, Hamil­ton’s Khaki Field col­lec­tion em­bod­ies strength and stealth, where noth­ing is su­per­flu­ous and ev­ery­thing has a pur­pose. Yet para­dox­i­cally the com­plete ab­sence of dec­o­ra­tive fea­tures is pre­cisely what makes this se­ries so al­lur­ing and what keeps Hamil­ton fans com­ing back for more. For 2018, Hamil­ton finds in­spi­ra­tion from its Sec­ond World War her­itage to pro­duce two new mod­els.

A faith­ful recre­ation of a ’40s model, the Khaki Field Me­chan­i­cal 38mm is de­liv­ered in a matte stain­less steel case which looks de­cid­edly raw and rugged, and makes per­fect sense be­cause pol­ished sur­faces are ab­so­lutely im­prac­ti­cal in the field. Dial colours in­clude matte black or brown, but both come with ex­tra thick and lu­mi­nes­cent white ap­plied hour nu­mer­als that make the time twice as leg­i­ble. Ex­tra-large hours and minute hands also aid in this re­spect, as does the lol­lipop sweep­ing sec­onds hand tipped with an ar­row head on the other end. Be­cause time­keep­ing is cru­cial to the suc­cess of any mis­sion, this me­chan­i­cal watch has the well-known hack func­tion which is use­ful when syn­chro­nis­ing sev­eral watches. The sec­onds hand jumps in­stan­ta­neously to 12 as soon as the crown is pulled.

Its 38mm case is a breeze on the wrist and cou­pled with a sand- or khaki-coloured NATO strap on pin buckle, the Khaki Field Me­chan­i­cal 38mm is an ideal every­day watch for the stylish and mod­ern city dweller.

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