Introducing The Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical White
Since its announcement back in November of 2017, the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical watch quickly found a strong following in the watch community thanks to its classic good looks and faithful adherence to its source material: a legendary American military-issue field watch from the sixties. It's not uncommon to hear this reference called 'one of the best values in Swiss-made watchmaking', and we'd be hard-pressed to disagree, especially considering it has remained one of Topper Jewelers' best-selling Swiss watches since it first hit our shelves last year. I'm a particularly big fan of this reference, as it is one of those rare watches that appeals to both hardcore collectors, and new watch fans aspiring to own their first quality Swiss-made watch.
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Identifying references that represent unique value and credibility amongst the watch community has long been one of my favorite aspects of being a watch retailer. It has also led to a number of creative and collaborative projects with some of my favorite brands, including Nomos, Oris, Zodiac, and most recently, Seiko. Last summer, we worked with Hamilton on designing a white dialed field watch, using the Khaki Field Mechanical as the inspiration for a product we'd hope to one day carry. We are thrilled to announce that Hamilton took our design input and added it into their 2019 collection. This new white-dialed Khaki Field Mechanical can be pre-ordered now at Topper Jewelers in three configurations: on a leather NATO, green textile NATO, or in a special box with both NATOs and a strap changing tool, which we expect to begin delivering in May.
Like the many classic white-dialed field watches that inspired it, the white dialed Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical is all about maximizing legibility in low-light situations. Though the crisp white dial maintains the same vintage-inspired ecru luminous paint on the hands and hour markers that is found on the current olive and black dial variants, it is equipped with a new black handset to better contrast the dial beneath. Not only does this dial offer the best dial contrast (and thereby legibility) in the series, enthusiasts will soon find that this color scheme is also a veritable 'strap monster' that will look great on the two different stock NATO straps, as well as textured leather, different colored canvas, and even rubber in the hot summer months.
The white-dialed Khaki Field Mechanical is built around a 38mm bead-blasted 316L stainless steel case. However, it's worth noting that this edition gets an upgrade to the internals, differentiating them from the 2018 global launch. This watch features Hamilton's new H-50 caliber and a hand-wound mechanical movement with 80 hours of power reserve. That generous reserve wouldn't be possible without a slight reduction to the watch's beat rate, but it's a worthy trade-off, particularly for a manually-wound watch that can now run without interaction for nearly four full days. This has been done without compromising the core component that has made the Khaki Field Mechanical such a popular option in the community: its sub-$500 price point.
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Within the white-dialed variant, you'll have three options to choose from: on a leather NATO strap that's neatly color-matched to the lume plots on dial, on a rugged contrasting green canvas strap befitting of its field watch heritage, or get both straps in a special combination package that also includes a strap changing tool.
We'll be celebrating the partnership with a Hamilton History 'Field Day' event at Topper Jewelers on March 16th with the Bay Area enthusiast group, Watch The Bay Meetups. At the event, we'll have a series of amazing vintage field watches on loan from Hamilton's Pennsylvania museum here in our Burlingame store. You can RSVP to the event here and secure your watch reservation by pre-ordering here. We're currently anticipating a delivery date in May for these pre-orders.
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Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Topper Fine Jewelers has remained a proudly family-owned retail store in Burlingame, California for over three generations. Topper is an authorized dealer for luxury men's and women's watches, specializing in premium Swiss, German, and Japanese brands like Grand Seiko, OMEGA, Blancpain, Zenith, Nomos, Hamilton, Seiko Prospex, Zodiac, Oris, and many others. In addition to being authorized dealers, store owners Russ and Rob Caplan love to help spread their passion for timepieces in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond by sponsoring community meet-ups and developing special limited edition watches exclusively for the store.The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.