January 20, 2013

Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer Review

Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer Watch Review
  In 2012 Hamilton released this beauty, the Khaki Navy Pioneer limited edition. The good news is you do not have to pay the limited edition price, it was also released in a non-limited edition in Hamilton's lineup. The "standard" addition does have some notable differences that will be covered as well. This watch was created by Hamilton to pay tribute to the Marine Chronometers from the 1940's. 
  The Khaki Navy Pioneer LTD was produced in in a limited run of 1,892 pieces, representing the year Hamilton was founded. The real "wow" factor beyond the design is the watch can be enjoyed in two completely different fashions. Of course you can wear it on your wrist or it can be detached from the strap. Then put into a Para Rubber Wooden desktop display case! A desktop clock, how cool is that?! For this very reason the watch case is a little larger than usual, coming at 46.5mm for easier viewing. This Hamilton is oozing with class, with it's blued hands, uncluttered dial, and coined bezel. The dial is nicely recessed, giving good depth visually. A large small seconds display is found nicely positioned at the 6 0'clock position. Under the hood is an ETA 6498-2 manual wind movement, with an estimated 56 hour power reserve. The limited version is only offered in the pictured silver dial.



  Now for the non-limited version there are quite a few differences. It is not detachable to be used as a desktop clock. The standard Navy Pioneer is considerably smaller, coming in at a more traditional 40mm case. An ETA 2895 automatic movement is utilized instead of the ETA 6498, which some might actually prefer better. The seconds sub dial is noticeably smaller, possibly to small. W&R would have liked to of seen a little better proportioning here. Notice in the limited version there no "6" hour marker, in the standard there is a "6" hour marker. That said, this version offers a small date window a the 3 o'clock position. Another upside to the non-limited edition is more dial choices, offered in black, blue, and silver.
  Whether you are lucky enough to own the limited or the standard edition, this is one classy looking watch put out by Hamilton.

Pros - worn as watch or used as desktop clock, sophisticated in appearance 
Consideration - large size at 46.5

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 46.5mm
Strap: Brown Leather Strap
Lug Width: 22mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Bezel: Coined Edge
Movement: ETA 6498-2
Power Reserve: 56 hours
Water Resistant: 100M

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