Following up our coverage of Rado’s Basel preview the other week, we got the chance to check out a small amount of what Hamilton will be bringing to the party come late March. A staple brand here at w&w, Hamilton tends to drop a few gems per year, while continuing to bolster and evolve their core lines. At the preview we saw many things including an entirely new line from the brand, which is very uncommon for them, some nice new pieces for their Khaki military-inspired lines, a bold new diver and a ladies watch that might end up popular with guys too. Across all of them, there was one more change, and that was to their branding. Hamilton has brought back their H logo from the 60’s, a move I think no Hamilton fan will complain about. Let’s check ’em out.
One of the first watches that caught our attention was a new chronograph addition to the Khaki Field line. Taking the styling of their more recent fields, which have well balanced dials with slightly emphasized 12, 3, 6 and 9 numerals, nice texturing and vintage coloring, the 42mm chronograph precisely integrates the expected sub-dials at 12 and 9 as well as a day/date at 3. It’s a very balanced design, foregoing active seconds entirely, as it’s powered by the 60hr H-21 (7750 base) automatic chronograph.
There are two colorways planned, one classic in steel, with aged-tritium colored lume, and one in black. The latter was particularly striking, as it was a a very legible “phantom” design, and visually seemed a bit more trim. The dial smartly uses dark gray for markers and lume, in lieue of black, giving more than enough contrast for at a glance legibility. They also played with the finishing on the case a bit, leaving the bezel polished while the mid-case was brushed. The polished black was very sleek. Coming in at $1,695 in steel and $1,765 in PVD, these are well priced for new Swiss-made chronos.