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The Harrison Ford Hamilton Watches

The Harrison Ford Hamilton Watches Watch Releases

Why oh why can’t there be some cool cult watch made popular by being on Harrison Ford’s wrist in one of his movies? Seriously, not even Indiana Jones wore a timepiece. That is totally a character that would wear a watch! Something like a Hamilton military watch or similar… whoa! I am getting ahead of myself here.

No, Han Solo never wore a wrist instrument either. Ford likely wore watches in other roles while he was running from the FBI, or running after someone as the FBI, but it just isn’t the same. So what about his personal life? I don’t know the guy but I have heard a few things about him as a watch wearer. First of all, for a long time (perhaps even now) Harrison Ford has been a Rolex man. That makes sense especially since he gained fame in the late 1970s into the 1980s.

The Harrison Ford Hamilton Watches Watch Releases

I also know that Harrison is a hell of a pilot. Not just one of those actors who owns a fleet of planes and thinks they are cool when they fly around a bit with an instructor. No, he takes it seriously and is a legit pilot. I also believe that he tends to fly with another pilot just in case things go wrong – not like he can’t afford the co-pilot. My understanding is that actors like Ford prefer flying as a hobby because if offers them some welcome seclusion and peace. No one is kissing their ass, and no one is bothering them. In a sense, it is a way for them to get away a bit. Anyhow, as a pilot, he likely owns a few nice pilot watches as well (which could be anything from more Rolex, to Tutima, Breitling, IWC, Hamilton, etc…).

The Harrison Ford Hamilton Watches Watch Releases

Other than that, I just don’t know about his wrist preferences or what he likes to wear. What we do know, however, is that Harrison Ford has a long standing relationship with the Swatch Group and Hamilton. The watch makers and famous actor have teamed up on at least three occasions to bring you nature love-themed Khaki watches. Let me explain – it isn’t socially cool for wealthy actors like Ford to do corporate sponsorships. So what they often do is instead volunteer, for charity. Hamilton doesn’t pay Ford for this. Ford sits as the face of a new Hamilton watch collection, donating his time to the charitable cause to make money, but also being able to enjoy working with the brand. Hamilton indicated to me that Ford was actually involved with the design of the watch – I’d really like to hear more about that. As an added benefit to Ford, there are likely tax write-off incentives to this type of work.

The Harrison Ford Hamilton Watches Watch Releases

In this case there are two charities in action, Conservation International and Team Earth. Actually, Team Earth is part of Conservation International (vague name right?). The charity does something environmental. Not really sure what… but perhaps it involves conserving the environment. At least that is where the money goes. My issue with organizations such as this is exactly this problem of vagueness. It is damn hard to understand exactly what they do. There are a lot of feel good messages, pretty colorful pictures with the saturation levels properly upped, and stories about how some village in a place with a jungle now has Pellegrino water.

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Mr. Ford has reportedly been on the board of Conservation International for a long time so I want to believe that good work is being done. Though for me, I want a bit more detail on where and how that percentage of watch profit that goes to the charity helps resolve the problem of how endangered frogs and shirtless children can get along better.

The Harrison Ford Hamilton Watches Watch Releases

Conservation International works with some major corporations. They don’t exactly do the environmental work themselves, but seem to rather locally fund projects – which is pretty standard for that type of business. A major role for them in working with large companies is to act as a “green wash.” To in essence, add an eco-positive PR spin to their marketing to help those companies look like they are involved in caring about the environment. Wow… this started moving away from watches faster than trees are being butchered in the rain forest. Back to the timepieces! (And by the way I am a pretty hardcore environmentalist – owls over towns!) Hamilton, you aren’t allowed to get irked by this as I do like the watches!

So Hamilton, Harrison, and Conservation International have a few watches under their belt that each look ready for Amazon jungle duty. Based on pieces from Hamilton’s classic Khaki collection, the watches are quite sharp in a retro-functional way.  The newest one is the Hamilton Khaki Conservation Auto Chrono – and it is a handsome little devil. Set in a 42mm wide steel case, the vintage pilot style watch has a very mature look and easy to read dial. It looks like the perfect watch to wear while driving around in your barely street legal Defender on the way to the farmer market.

The Harrison Ford Hamilton Watches Watch Releases

Inside the watch is a new movement called the caliber H31. The movement is made by ETA exclusively for Hamilton and it has 60 hours of power reserve. Nothing wild here aside from some standard tie-in branding on the back of the watch. Honestly, I would much rather prefer to have Harrison Ford’s smiling face on the back of the watch – that would be pretty nice actually (but lord the licensing costs from Ford’s people!). Price for this urban off-road good looker is $1,895.

Each of the Harrison Ford Hamilton watches is under $2,000 – which more or less corresponds with the overall Khaki range. Most of these pieces are fantastic looking and worth your attention. Just don’t pay much attention to all the eco-stuff in my opinion. My presumption is that while a significant portion of the sales actually will go to Conservation International, it is just too unclear for me how that money gets used for actual environmental protection/conversation. Get it for the Harrison Ford connection instead.

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  • Nick

    A rambling post filled with grammatical and spelling errors, as well as loads of negativity based purely on assumptions.

    • It is a blog, rambling is usually accepted to a degree. Fixed some of the issues, my editor has been naughtily away… highly irritating me. The post asks questions, if you have answers by all means respond. Imagine what it is like when you are consistently asked to pay attention to a “cause” a watch brand takes interest in without being given the real details on the matter. Thanks for the thoughts.

      • Nick

        I don’t have the answers. My point is, if you don’t have time to really learn what the charity is doing, perhaps you shouldn’t just assume that they are up to “shady stuff.”

        • Nick, fair enough my friend.

  • Ulysses

    I couldn’t care less about Harrison Ford but these watches are undeniably gorgeous. As always I prefer metal straps but leather is more in keeping with the “eco” message I suppose. As for the environmental message, we all know that it’s mostly a scam to shift more product. Token gestures by big corporations and famous celebrities are all the rage but I tend to sub-consciously filter it out as marketing guff. There are some celebrities who are genuinely philanthropic and they are to be praised, they’re just very rare.

  • Zach Sylvain

    Conservation International is a fairly well-rated conservation charity. They do a lot of work promoting conservation of biodiversity, ensuring food/water/health security and climate work. Not a bad organization to pair up with!

  • John_A

    I think it’s pretty stupid. Flying planes as a hobby is horrible for the environment and I’m sure Ford’s carbon usage is massive even aside from that. The article is right on that these relationships are basically a politically-correct form of traditional advertising.

    My personal ‘favorite’ was when Hublot ‘anonymously’ sponsored an anti-racism sign at a soccer game, and then of course went around telling everyone about it (similar to a particularly funny Curb episode). Meanwhile the price of one Hublot could feed a small village for a year.

    I guess if you can fool most of the people, it’s worth it…

  • Blogreader

    At a doctor’s office this week I noticed an Entertainment Weekly magazine cover featuring Harrison, and he was definitely wearing a digital/analog Breitling.

    • Good to know. So he does like a nice practical pilot’s watch.

  • Jeff

    I have the Khaki Team Earth edition. My wife got it for me for our anniversary. Love this time piece. ETA 2428 movement is finicky though- definitely manually wind this guy after every period it’s off your wrist, or you’ll lose a few minutes a week, which sucks if you ride the bus like I do.

    But yeah- it’s a heavy, substantial, durable, and undeniably gorgeous time piece. The leather band holds up well and I get a lot of compliments on it. IMO, it’s the perfectly-sized watch.

    I didn’t buy it for the eco-friendliness but because it looked good and is very readable.

  • Herb

    I own this watch and the first i like is money going to environment.
    The second is the watch is just perfect great old design.
    also I am sure as the years go by this watch will be more valuable.
    Thanks Harrison Ford and Hamilton keep up the good work.
    Herb

    • Glad you like it Herb, enjoy.

  • nickyt

    For and environmentalist, you sound pretty callous.

  • LarryGanz

    I have the Hamilton Khaki Conservation Auto Chrono (top of page) and love it for it’s unique and vintage look, as if there is a 50 year old patina on the dial. I dare say I prefer the looks over my 1983 Rolex Submariner, and unlike the Rolex I haven’t met anyone yet who owns this watch. I love having a watch that isn’t common on the street. My understanding is that the H31 movement is a modified Valjoux 7750 (now owned by ETA), with a longer power reserve. I like it better than my more plain Hamilton Khaki all stainless with ETA 2428. Both keep great time, and only lose a minute or two if left on an automatic winder for several days on end (like if I’m wearing other watches in my collection). If worn on the wrist for several days in a row the time is fairly spot on, like my Swiss quartz Victorinox Dive Master and Luminox 1842 Field Watch. My only complaint is only the hands have lume on them, and I’d like lume at 12, 3, 6, and 9 markers too. The lume in the middle of the night is brighter than my Rolex with refurbished hands, but much dimmer than my Victorinox after just a few minutes of exposure to daylight. So, I typically have to hit the Hamilton dial with some light before I go to bed if I want to read it in the middle of the night.