The hands feature an interesting design as well and may, at first, appear too short for the width of the dial. With a closer look, one sees that the ends of the hands are fitted with a needle point that offers accurate readings without the need to stretch a large hand past the hour markers just to reach the minute scale.
While a little strange at first, I found this design to work well, offering strong “glanceability” and accurate readings when greater detail was needed. This is especially evident in the seconds hand design, which is very long and features lume only at its arrowhead tip, allowing for strong legibility in almost any lighting condition. The sapphire crystal covering the dial is nicely implemented but would benefit from an anti-reflective treatment.
Being that Hamilton is part of the Swatch family, they have easy access to recognizable and very reliable movements like the ETA 2824-2. Essentially the benchmark for a cost effective Swiss three-hand movement, the ETA 2824-2 offers automatic winding, hacking seconds, hand winding and a quickset date function as well as the possibility of excellent timekeeping. The Khaki Field Titanium Auto comes with a display case back that allows a view of the Hamilton signed rotor and inner workings of this workhorse Swiss calibre. Timekeeping was solid with this loaner unit from Hamilton running within a few seconds of 0 in a given day (primarily on wrist).
The Kahaki Field Titanium Auto’s wrist feel is excellent, the watch is so light that any noticible feedback was provided by the stiff canvas strap (which would undoubtedly break-in over time). With a simple case shape and sloped lugs, the 42 mm profile was comfy on my (admittedly boney) wrist. The all black case is modern and balances nicely with the old-school aesthetic of the field watch design. Being such a strong and versatile platform, this field watch will work well with a variety of straps and the PVD finish looks amazing when matched with an olive green nato strap (comfy too).
As an everyday package, there is a lot to love about this Hamilton. The sizing is just right and the weight is a bonus over the steel models that have a distinctly different wrist feel. The included strap is high quality, fitting for both Hamilton and the price point of the Titanium Auto. Additionally, I really dig the all black design for its tactical coolness, strong legibility and distinction against the entry-level steel Khaki Field variants.
The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto has a retail list price of $995 USD, largely due to its titanium construction and PVD finish. The base Khaki Field Auto (in 42 mm) can be had for considerably less at $575 USD, but having owned a steel Khaki Field H70685337 (PVD, 44 mm, 2824, $845), I vastly prefer the titanium over a steel version and, as previously mentioned, this is no cut rate PVD application.
Titanium Auto wears well, looks great and should prove to be robust and reliable. Hamilton in general is a great choice and this Khaki Field Titanium Auto would make an ideal everyday watch for anyone who can wear a casual piece full time and likes their watch to exhibit something of a tactical charm. hamiltonwatch.com
>Model: Khaki Field Titanium Auto H70575733
>Price: $995 USD
>Size: 41 x 11.75 x 52 mm
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes, a lot.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Anyone hunting for a solid field watch with a few extras.
>Best characteristic of watch: The PVD and titanium case.
>Worst characteristic of watch: The date display