Monday, March 3, 2008

Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Chronograph

Today's watch is the Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Chronograph (Model H71556737). This is the watch that I credit with starting my current watch obsession collection. My wife bought it for me on our first vacation together (she was my girlfriend at the time) in St. Maarten. I think the topic of watches came up on the plane while flipping through a Skymall catalog. I knew she was looking for some ideas for birthday and Christmas gifts for me since I'm incredibly picky and pretty impossible to buy presents for. I had always had an interest in watches and had a number already, but nothing I would consider really "good". The watch shops in the Caribbean would change all that, as I really was drawn to this Hamilton. I know the brand is now owned by The Swatch Group, but it does have its roots in Pennsylvania, as does my family. It also seemed to have a classic design very similar to some Sinn models that were way out of my price range. After shopping around a bit (and getting the best price I could) she bought my chronograph and I bought her a very nice, but much cheaper, ladies' Hamilton. At first, the 42mm width seemed huge, but now it's about average for my collection. This has been a great watch, very accurate, and looks great on the original leather strap, NATO straps as well as the "carbon fiber" style strap I have it on now.

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