Summer is the season for longer days, jumping in the water and wearing a big dive watch. There’s a comforting feeling that a bigger watch, especially a diver, gives us during this time of year. It’s the robustness, larger water resistance (Smaller divers are also more than capable nowadays) and if you elect to have it on one, a thick rubber strap that gives us that extra confidence that our companion on wrist is ready for any spontaneous Summer adventure. And plus, a chunky diver looks especially good with a t-shirt too. Earlier last week, and just in time for big dive watch season (Can this be a thing?), Hamilton debuted their newly refreshed Khaki Navy Frogman.
This most certainly isn’t the same Khaki Navy Frogman we’re used to seeing, especially when comparing to the previous iteration of their maritime-ready diver. According to the case specs the Khaki Navy Frogman in stainless steel gets beefed up from 42 mm to 46 mm. But don’t let that number scare you off, as the larger case width is attributed to some of the unique case features. Looking at three o’clock, the case extends beyond the crown and crown guards to create a barricade around the crown, providing sure-fire protection should the watch be subjected to extreme physical activities. The case also features a slight protrusion at the nine o’clock side which also adds to the broad case size. The case asymmetry gives the Khaki Navy Frogman a distinct look and although the crown protector adds to the amount of real estate the diver will take up on wrist, the new streamlined case design more than makes up for it.