Hamilton has a unique and impressive history as a watch brand. Its story spans two continents, nearly 130 years, and includes as many watch styles as you can imagine. From refined dress watches to pure tools, Hamilton’s catalog runs deep, and has embedded itself into our culture in a way that few watch brands have accomplished. Hamilton watches have seen time on the silver screen, and have been strapped to the wrists of men and women in our armed forces. And, we’d be willing to bet, if you haven’t owned one yourself, you know someone who has.
Hamilton’s new Khaki Navy Frogman collection is completely in line with the brand’s tendency to dig into its archives and polish vintage models up for modern tastes. This current iteration of the Frogman finds its roots in the US Navy “BUSHIPS” models that date to World War II. These ready-for-duty, chrome-plated tool watches were fashioned with a canteen-style screw-down crown, an early method of protecting a watch from water ingress that the Navy certainly would have been interested in. It’s a distinctive look, to say the least, and a clear example of form following function. With a specific military application, legibility was key, and the large hands, generous lume, and crisply printed Arabic numerals were all thought through with function in mind.