Introducing Hamilton Khaki Navy ScubaBy Bhanu Chopra
Hamilton has upgraded its Khaki Navy Dive watches just in time for the summer, by which time hopefully, things will start to return to “new normal” post pandemic.
Featuring new materials and technology, the latest Khaki Navy watches bring high-tech style to the high seas with great value for money built in. Hamilton brings us the new 43mm stainless steel Scuba Automatic.
Among newly refreshed updates, there’s a new ceramic unidirectional bezel – the previous Khaki Navy version was fitted an aluminum bezel – with a lumed pip, 100m water resistance has been increased to 300M without an increase in case thickness. The date window has been removed, and there’s an increase in case size from 40mm to a marginally larger 43mm.
This sporty new dive watch, with both a 12 and 24-hour read out, comes in a choice of a navy blue dial or a moody black dial inspired by the style and function of classic divers.
Each features a matching scratchproof ceramic blue or black unidirectional 120-click rotating bezel offering ease of legibility and plenty of protection from the elements both on land and underwater.
The grained blue dial has a gradient which filters to near black along the edges. The Super-LumiNova dot at 12 on the bezel allows wearers to always keep track of diving time. A lovely little extra touch is the red tipped seconds hand which adds plenty of pop to the dial. The dial is non-reflective, assured by a double-sided AR coating.
The watch comes in the black dial version with both a black rubber strap or the steel bracelet while the blue dial is available only on the steel bracelet.
The Khaki Scuba Automatic runs on the H-10 automatic movement which has a Nivachron hairspring, courtesy of Hamilton’s parent company, the Swatch Group. The H-10 is a modified ETA 2824 with Hours, Minutes, and Seconds and features hacking seconds and a reliable 80-hour power reserve. On the reverse, the screw down case back is engraved ‘Hamilton’.
In these new versions of the Khaki Scuba Automatic, Hamilton has managed to give most customers more of what they want: more presence, more protection with the scratchproof ceramic bezel, and significantly more water resistance. And in one case there’s a little less: with no date window for a clean diving dial.
Hovering at a hair under a $1,000, this impressive new diver, coming as it does from one of the most established names in all Swiss watchmaking, with a 120 year of eventful travel from Lancaster in the US to Biel the world capital of watchmaking in Switzerland, represents excellent value for money.
Movement: Automatic H-10 caliber with hours, minutes, and seconds, 80 hours power reserve
Size: 43mm, ceramic bezel, 300m water resistance
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet, black rubber strap
Price: USD 995