Hamilton Men’s HML-H70455533 Khaki Field Black Dial Watch

Hamilton Men’s HML-H70455533 Khaki Field Black Dial Watch

Hamilton Men's HML-H70455533 Khaki Field Black Dial Watch

  • Round stainless steel watch with black dial featuring white Arabic indices and date window at 3 o’clock position
  • 38 mm stainless steel case with sapphire crystal dial window
  • Automatic self-wind movement with analog display
  • Leather band with contrast stitching featuring buckle closure
  • Water resistant to 100 m (330 ft): In general, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not scuba diving

Stainless steel case with a brown leather bracelet with contrast stitching. Fixed stainless steel bezel. Black dial with luminous hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. Minute markers. GMT scale appears around the inner ring. Date display appears at the 3 o’clock position. Automatic movement. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Solid case back. Case diameter: 38 mm. Case thickness: 11 mm. Tang clasp. Water resistant at 100 meters/ 330 feet. Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, date. Additional Info: h70655533. Hamilton Khaki Field Men’s Watch H70455533.

List Price: $ 575.00

Price: $ 574.99

3 thoughts on “Hamilton Men’s HML-H70455533 Khaki Field Black Dial Watch

  1. 41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Great Value in a Swiss Made Automatic Watch, September 8, 2016
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    I’m not a watch expert by any means, but I’m a watch nerd and a member of a couple watch-enthusiast forums on the internet. I also read lots of watch reviews by watch collectors/experts. I own four automatic watches, including two Omega Seamasters, a Hamilton Intra-Matic (a very nice, affordable, vintage-looking dress watch — check it out) and a Hamilton Khaki Field. I’ve owned the Khaki Field for 20 months and have worn it regularly (at least 3 days a week) since purchasing it. Consequently, this review is based on real life experience with the watch, not just an “unboxing” review.

    My son-in-law, who is a mechanical engineer and, like me, a watch nerd, turned me on to the Hamilton Khaki Field, and I’m glad he did. It gets the most wrist time of all my watches. It’s a great casual-wear watch, with a ubiquitous, tried-and-true, workhorse ETA 2824-2 movement that can be easily serviced by any watchmaker. I opted for the 38mm version, rather than the 42mm or 44mm version, of the Khaki Field, because the 38mm size is closer to the size of the field watches Hamilton supplied to the U.S. Army during WW II. I also believe the current popularity of pie-plate-size watches is a passing phase. A man should wear the watch; the watch should not wear the man. The 38mm size is a good in-between size. Not so small as to look puny on my 7.25″ wrist, but not so large as to look garish (see photo). According to the Watch Snob (AskMen.com), “the acceptable range for most male wrists is 36 to 40 millimeters, and there’s no excuse for buying larger unless you’re a sumo wrestler.”

    Although not a COSC-certified chronometer, after a break-in period of several months my Khaki Field has been running at +3 sec./day, which is within COSC specifications. That’s impressive for a watch in this price range. The display case back is a feature not typically found on watches in this price range. The movement is not elaborately finished but, as a watch nerd, I get a kick out of observing the movement in action.

    The watch case is stainless steel with a brushed finish (appropriate for a field watch), except for the thin bezel, which is highly polished. Given the toolish nature of the Khaki Field, I would have preferred the bezel to have been brushed stainless steel like the rest of the case. However, the polished bezel does add a bit of bling to the watch. Given the styling of the watch and strap, I would not consider this watch suitable for wearing as a dress watch. It is first and foremost a field (i.e., military-style) watch, intended for casual and active outdoor wear. However, if you were to swap out the stock strap with a dressier leather strap, it might look okay with a suit. That said, there are other collections in the Hamilton lineup (e.g., American Classic and Jazzmaster) that more closely walk the line between casual and dress watch without the need to change the strap.

    The Khaki Field has a large, knurled crown, which makes it very easy to hand wind the watch (when necessary) and adjust the time or date. The crown is signed (which is de rigueur with “nicer” watches) and turns very smoothly. It is large enough that you could probably wind or set the watch with gloves on. However, it is a push in crown, rather than a screw down crown. I would have preferred a screw down crown, which improves water resistance, but I assume that would have added to the cost of the watch. A screw down crown isn’t a “must have” in a non-dive watch.

    The sapphire crystal is nice, but it does not have any anti-reflective coating. Some reviews I read suggested an AR coating is not appropriate for a field watch because it would likely get scratched or wear off over time. However, given that the Khaki Field is made for outdoor activity, I think an anti-reflective coating would have been appropriate. Both of my (much) more expensive Seamasters have an AR coating and they are designed for diving, which, in my opinion, involves a higher risk of scratching the crystal. Unlike a screw down crown vs. a push in crown, I can’ imagine adding AR coating to the crystal of the Khaki Field would add significantly to the cost of the watch.

    The 10 bar/100m water resistance rating for the Khaki Field is adequate and appropriate for a field watch. It’s not a dive watch. I wouldn’t swim with the Hamilton Khaki Field (or, for that matter, any watch on a leather strap), but I’m certain it could withstand showering, torrential rain and brief submersion in water. I routinely wear an inexpensive Timex Expedition watch — with a snap on case back and water resistance rating of only 50m — when washing my car, and have never had a problem with water getting inside the watch case, even after repeated dunks in a 5-gal. wash bucket. I also hose off my Timex Expedition after working in the yard and I’ve never had a leakage problem. Consequently, I believe…

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  2. 16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Watch, April 15, 2016
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    MartyK

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    I had high hopes for this watch after reading reviews and it did not disappoint. A well crafted automatic field watch that looks incredible dressed up or down. American heritage in a Swiss made timepiece. The ETA movement is precise and the sweeping second hand adds to its appeal. A few reviews mention the band being stiff but it seems fine to me and very high quality leather. The band color is great too and really pops next to the stainless steel case and black dial. I may get a Nato strap for it for the hot summer months coming up, I’m sure it will look great.

  3. 64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic Watch, July 14, 2012
    By 
    Jeffery Schroeder (Plymouth, MN) –
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    I’m writing this review because I couldn’t find enough reviews about this watch before I bought it. I was scouring the internet looking at every forum, blog post, or article written about the Hamilton Khaki Field. Now I’m kind of a freak about research, so your mileage may vary. Also I have had this for about 3 months, and it really only leaves my wrist when I get in the shower.

    Initial Impressions:

    When I opened the box I was surprised at how nice it was. The packaging is a really sleek black box, with a smaller black box inside of it. The watch looks beautiful sitting in the box, all shiny and new. I love the look of the watch, and it does look even better in real life. Out of the box it needed to be wound up in order to get it working, but that was to be expected. I think I gave it like 10-15 turns, set the time and put it on.

    The leather strap was pretty stiff at first, and it wasn’t really that comfortable. I had to work it around in my hands a bit for a couple days but it has since become very very comfortable. It’s a very nice thick leather strap, and I’m very picky about leather products. Overall the stitching on it seems solid enough and I think it will last a long time (hopefully, it looks like an exact replacement from Hamilton is $115).

    Functionality:

    The watch just works. Part of the reason I got this was because I wanted a watch that would last forever. I got tired of changing the batteries in an old fossil I had, which looked very dated and out of style. This is automatic, so as long as you’re wearing it, it works. I check the time against an online source every once (about once a month) in a while and it only gets off by about 2-3 seconds on average. I don’t need it to keep absolutely perfect time, so that is good enough for me. The crown of the watch is very large and easy to operate. Twist it up to wind it (be careful not to over wind it), one pull stop sets the date, 2 pull stops stops the second hand and allows you to set the time. The date automatically changes between 10pm and 2am, so it doesn’t actually change right at the midnight marker. This is normal functionality (as it states in the instructions), and you shouldn’t try to mess with the date between those time periods as you can damage the internals. This is a very different kind of time piece from what I’ve been used to (cheap) over the years. I really like that if properly maintained it will work forever, no batteries needed.

    The Hamilton Khaki Field comes with no nonsense garbage on it. Time and date. No day of the week, no altitude, no stop watch, or any other crap that you think you will NEED but 99.99999% of the time all you really need is to know what time it is. I would rather ditch the noise and just have something that works, and functions how a watch should.

    Looks:

    Obviously people say it looks rugged, vintage, old military like. I love it because it looks classic, timeless and simple. This is not a watch that in 20 years I will look back and think, damn why did I get that color, or I wish I would have gotten something else. Black face with white hands make it easy to see, and will go with just about anything. The brown leather band looks really nice and if you treat it (I use Obenauf’s Heavy Duty LP) it repels water and sweat from your wrist and keeps the band looking brand new (although it did make the suede on the inside look like it had been worn for years, but at least I know it’s protected). Overall I think this design will last me forever. I have too many expensive hobbies already and collecting watches is not something I have the time or money for. Getting one watch that will last me forever and I will never get sick of, was my motivation. And the Hamilton Khaki Field (38mm) fills that role for me.

    I love the font of the numbers. They are clean and simple, and not roman numerals (which I hate!). I also like that it shows the 24 hour numbers on there as well, not necessary for me but I still like it. The red arrow at the tip of the second hand shows a nice touch of color set against the black and white.

    The Sapphire Crystal is still as clear and scratch free as when I pulled it out of the box. It picks up smudges and finger prints fairly easily so I just wipe it on my shirt to clean it up. But I knocked it on a metal pole once accidentally while walking around downtown and it didn’t leave a mark.

    Cons:

    Just some minor things that I don’t really mind but think I should mention. The highly polished rim around the crystal is really beautiful looking. I even like it in contrast with the brushed steel of the rest of the watch. But I would ultimately like the brushed steel look all over, as that part doesn’t show any scratches, but the polished portion has some minor scratching already. No big deal though, it’s a watch and it goes everywhere with me, there is bound to be…

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