Sep 11, 2020

Hamilton Khaki Field Day Date Auto Review

by Zac Vineyard

Before we start jumping into all the details, I’ll admit that I’m a Hamilton watch fan. I’ve pined after them, hunted for great prices online, and researched their features on many occasions. My eBay watch list is full of them. Over the years I’ve owned a Hamilton Khaki Field Auto 40mm, a Hamilton Khaki Field Auto 38mm, a Hamilton Khaki King, and a Hamilton Thin-o-matic. I currently own, as you can guess, a Hamilton Khaki Field Day Date Auto. I’m a particular fan of Hamilton field watches that have the ETA 2836-2 movement, and this watch is no exception.

Specifications & Dimensions

  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM, 50 meters
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Lug-to-lug: 50mm
  • Case width: 42mm
  • Case thickness: 11mm
  • Case material: Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Movement: H-30
  • Power Reserve: 80 hours

The Hamilton Khaki Field Day Date Auto (yes, the name is so long) is a particularly great example of a Hamilton watch that packages together a number of great features from the Hamilton field watch product line. You get the cut-out date as seen in the Hamilton Khaki King, a similar dial aesthetic to the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical, and the upgraded ETA movement with an 80 hour power reserve. You also get the heritage and aesthetic of a legacy-level American watch brand (now owned by Swatch) on your wrist.

This 42mm field watch looks the part. It’s rugged militaresque design will have you wearing it on a hunting trip or your next mountain adventure.

It is also a watch you can tuck under the cuff of a button-up shirt and wear to the office. The brushed steel case contrasts well with the polished bezel. The detailed dial is legible, balanced, and uniquely Hamilton. The day complication, in particular, is immediately recognizable as a feature well executed within the Hamilton Brand, particularly with the Hamilton Khaki King and the Day Date Auto. I’d even say that Hamilton has built a brand so well connected to this feature, you might not think of the Rolex Day-Date when a full-day complication comes to mind.

I wear my Day Date Auto on a tan Zulu Maratac band. This is in lieu of the stock bracelet. I’m not going to hold back: the stock bracelet that comes with the Field Day Date Auto is not good. The clasp rattles and the solid end links don’t hold as tightly as they should. These minor faults in the quality of the bracelet make the watch feel very unworthy of its retail price point. So, if you decide to purchase a Field Day Date Auto, I recommend the model on the leather strap.

Overall, the Hamilton Khaki Field Day Date Auto is one of the most utilitarian watches you can purchase for under $500. And I believe, without a doubt, it is a watch that provides excellent value among a rather thin selection of field watches in the same (or lower) price-point.

Here are all the reasons you should purchase a Hamilton Khaki Field Day Date Auto:

  • Fits well on the wrist, even for watch enthusiasts with smaller wrists.
  • Sapphire Crystal
  • Proven movement with an excellent power reserve.
  • Undeniably cool design.

Here are the reasons why you might avoid purchasing a Hamilton Khaki Field Day Date Auto:

  • The lume is weak compared to other watches, and won't last far into the night.
  • The stock bracelet isn’t the best quality.
  • Only 50 meters of water resistance, when 100 meters of water resistance is becoming more common in field watches.

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Zac Vineyard

Zac is a watch enthusiast, writer, and web developer. He's interested in telling the story of watches and the people who wear them, with particular interest in how watches have been part of the adventure in the lives of others.