April 10, 2011

Hamilton Khaki BelowZero Review

Hamilton Khaki BelowZero 1000m Watch Review

  The Khaki BelowZero 1000m is a big step forward for Hamilton in the dive watch market. This is the improved depth rating of 1000m vs 200m. Hamilton’s choice of a 46mm case and the increasingly popular 4 hex screws ensures quite a wrist presence. The hex screws and the crown are nicely done. All too often brands put out too small of a crown on a dive watch, this is happily not the case with the BelowZero. The large date window at 3 o’clock seems a little large for this dive watch. On the other hand W&R would have preferred more substantial hands for this masculine watch. Not only did does the BelowZero go deep, it goes there via a HEV (helium escape valve). W&R are big fans of 24mm straps, especially on these larger watches. An ETA 2824-2 automatic movement powers this beast, with an estimated 42 hour power reserve. 
  Lastly, there is one final subtle touch on the BelowZero, a “0” at the 12 o’clock location.
Easily overlooked, which might make even a littler “cooler”. The BelowZero will not break the bank account and still delivers an overall nicely constructed watch.

Pros - HEV, hex screws, nice movement

Consideration - Lacking in the lume department for a dive watch

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 46mm
Bezel: Unidirectional 
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Strap: Rubber
Movement: ETA 2824-2
Power Reserve: 42 hrs 
Lug Width: 24mm 
Water Resistant: 1000m

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