Hamilton is a Swiss brand that was founded in the US. It was bought by the Swiss giant – the Swatch group. Ever since then, its pieces have been made in the country. The Khaki King is one of its best field watches. Everything you need to know about it is discussed in our Hamilton Khaki king review below.
Running through its features will help you get to know it better.
Hamilton is one of the most affordable swiss brands around. Their Khaki king pieces are field watches that perform well. Let’s compare it to the alternatives below.
The SARB017 looks more interesting than its counterpart. For starters, it has an olive-green dial. You’d think that it wouldn’t work with its deep brown strap, but this isn’t the case.
There are large Arabic numerals on its display. There is no ring that shows the hours passed in military time, though. You’d notice that its numerals are in gold font. They make the watch look expensive. Considering that it’s more than $100 cheaper than the Khaki king, we think Seiko did a good job.
It comes with a leather strap too. It’s a calf-skin that’s embossed. Speaking of the strap, it isn’t that wide. The watch case isn’t big either. It stretches 1.57 inches (40 mm) across.
You’ll notice that the SARB can handle quite the dip underwater. It’s water-resistant up to 660 feet (200 meters). Seiko says that you can snorkel with it, but not dive. Remember that its strap is leather. You already know how we feel about getting it wet.
Its dial is luminous. However, there is no lume on its markers. The pigment is on its hands instead.
Like the Khaki King, the SARB017 is an automatic device. It’s not Swiss, though. Seiko’s a Japanese watch company. Swiss brands are the epitome of craftsmanship.
The mechanism inside of the watch is the 6R15. It comes with a massive 50-hour power reserve and 23 jewels inside its gears.
You’ll notice an outer ring on the device. It not only reads the minutes passed but provides a compass feature.
This timepiece from Hamilton has better water resistance than its alternative. It can last 330 feet (100 meters) underwater. However, it has a leather strap as well. Keep in mind what we said about getting the material wet.
The watch is larger than the Khaki King. Its case is 1.65 inches (42 mm) across. Its strap isn’t that wide. It’s calf-skin and is hand-stitched.
There is no embossing on it, though.
There’s a calendar on the device. It’s at the 3 o’clock position, so you’d think it would easy to read. But it’s rather small. You might catch yourself squinting trying to read it.
Of course, its dial is luminous. There is luminous pigment on its hands. Unfortunately, there isn’t any on its markers. Speaking of the markers, they’re huge. The Arabic numerals are bolded to help you read the time from a mile away.
We loved the Khaki king’s inner military time ring, which is why we’re glad that it’s back. We also like that the easy-to-read outer ring with the minutes passed is present.
The watch is a Swiss automatic. It contains the ETA 2824-2 movement. It provides a 38-hour power reserve and 25 jewels inside of its case, just like its brother.
The watch is unfortunately pretty heavy. It weighs over 15 ounces (425.2 grams).
To sum things up, the Hamilton brand is a Swiss delight. The brand produces masterpieces, which the Khaki King certainly is. This is a field watch, so it’s made for the outdoors. However, Hamilton did a good job making it stylish enough to elevate outfits. It’s arguably one of the best field watches around.
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