In collaboration with “Watch The Bay” meetups group, Topper Jewelers will be hosting a Hamilton History “Field Day” event at their Burlingame, California store on March 16. At the event, Topper will have a series of amazing vintage Hamilton pieces on loan from the National Watch and Clock Museum (which partners with Hamilton to preserve Hamilton’s legacy, historical artifacts, archives, and information). This includes several late sixties and mid-seventies references upon which the Khaki Field Mechanical is based. One of these references from 1969 was part of a government contract as an issued watch, and includes the coveted engravings of provenance on its case back.
You can also expect to see several other unique Hamilton watches from the brand’s more recent offerings, particularly those that have starred in popular Hollywood movies from the last two decades. This includes the iconic Ventura Quartz, which would go on to become the Men in Black watch, the blacked-out Khaki BeLOWZERO that appears in The Martian on the wrist of Matt Damon, and a stealthy Khaki Field Automatic reference used in the more recent Jack Ryan series starring John Krasinski. We’ll also have Hamilton’s latest Hollywood release: the hotly-anticipated Khaki Field Murph, which will be on-hand.
The featured watch on display and star of the evening will be the new Khaki Field Mechanical white. Since it was announced in November 2017, the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical has become an extremely popular watch in the watch community thanks to its versatile styling and faithful adherence to its source material: an iconic American military-issue field watch from the 1960s. It has been one of Topper Jeweler’s best-selling Swiss watches since it first hit their shelves last year, and Topper’s Rob Caplan is personally a big fan of the watch and often recommends it to both hardcore collectors and new watch fans alike.