Classic wrist-watches are back! Sales of analog watches have been rising consistently over the last few years and we’re ready. Hamilton watches are the definition of classic, having been in existence for well over a hundred years. Have they stood the test of time? Still beloved for their high quality and ranged pricing, Hamilton Watches remain a top contender in their industry.
- Historical Footprints of Hamilton
- Hamilton’s Versatile Style
- Hamilton Watches, Still for the Future?
- Hamilton Watches are for the Everyday
Historical Footprints of Hamilton
Now a Swiss manufacturer, Hamilton began as a true American brand. Starting with quality pocket watches, Hamilton was a well-known brand of its time. The expansion of the railroad helped its quality image greatly. Business with the railroad was dangerous and accuracy was desperately needed. Hamilton’s watches provided that accuracy.
Making railroad watches, Hamilton was gaining attention that continued into World War I. During the war, Hamilton was an official supplier of the U.S. Armed Services. At that time, they produced their first wrist watches. In the following years, they also began to design pieces for the air. They moved from the forefront of making history with the railroad to the historical advance of aviation, without missing a beat.
In World War II, Hamilton stopped producing for the general public and focused on equipping the Armed Forces. Once again, accuracy and quality were needed more than ever, and Hamilton was called upon to provide that. After the war, their watches were shown in multiple Hollywood movies, including one on the wrist of Elvis Presley. This solidified the brand’s popularity, not just for quality and precision but also for style.
Throughout the years, Hamilton continued to make fantastic technological advances, including being the first to make a digital electronic watch. In the early 2000s, they moved to Switzerland, the heart of watchmaking. As for the film industry, Hamilton watches are still shown on the big screen, often in movies that feature fictional scientific or sci-fi settings like “Interstellar.”
Hamilton’s Versatile Style
One of the most impressive features of Hamilton Watches is the fact that their watches suit nearly any style and function. If you’re looking for a watch that is precise, has a solid history, and will work with your personality, you’ll likely find it with a Hamilton.
Hamilton Intra-Matic Silver Dial Leather Watch
Want a simpler watch with a classic, professional design? Hamilton has some great options, including the Intra-Matic Silver Dial Leather Watch. This is a great example of a watch that can be worn in any setting. It will add to your professional dress code, look great for a special occasion, or it can class up a casual look. This design is chic, minimalist, and retro.
This analog watch has a fixed stainless-steel bezel and a sapphire crystal dial window that is resistant to scratches. The elegant dark hands and hour markers are brought into focus by the black leather strap. The watch feels high-quality without being overly flashy. Adding to the retro style is the lack of a second hand. Some find that a bit off-putting while others prefer it to keep the style consistent. A nice additional feature of this watch is the date, found at the 6-o’clock marker.
This watch is one of Hamilton’s most elegant options, but it certainly isn’t as high-tech or complicated as other options. For anyone wanting a more traditional, classic watch without all the embellishments of a chronograph option, Hamilton shows that they have options.
While many of their watches are focused on precision, durability, and nostalgic/classic looks, they also provide styles like the Unisex Ventura.
This watch goes against the grain of what you consider a traditional watch to look like and that’s why it is a prime example of Hamilton’s versatility. With a black calfskin band, the watch features a beautiful, uniquely shaped stainless-steel case. The dial window is made of anti-reflective sapphire, so you get a consistently clear look at the analog display. The hour and minute markers are designed with slim lines and dots. The overall look is unique with rather bold design choices that are toned down with sleek, understated components like the markers.
Hamilton has a range of styles. However, the question is, are they still innovative and made for pioneers of the future, like they used to be?
Hamilton Watches, Still for the Future?
Since its creation, Hamilton was known for its precision and for being a companion to visionary explorers. With its ties to both World Wars and advancements on land and in the air, there’s a lot of history behind the name. Is that history something we can rely on still? Based on some of their chronograph and durable watches, I would dare to say so.
The Khaki X-Wind
This Khaki X-Wind chronograph watch is modern and beautifully crafted. If you’re willing to pay the moderately steep price, it will take you places. The leather strap has contrast stitching as an added touch to make it stand out. The case is a beautiful stainless steel along with the buckle closure. It allows for snorkeling and swimming as it is water resistant up to 330-feet. Deep dives likely wouldn’t be a great choice, though. The analog display has H-30 automatic movement and there is a day and date window at the 9-o’clock marker, which reviewers love. Overall, people say that the features and information this watch provides is overwhelming, yet somehow it all works together seamlessly and is displayed attractively. Again, at a rather steep price, this watch seems to be a beautiful one that shows Hamilton is keeping its reputation strong.
The Khaki King Pilot Black Dial Watch
For under a thousand, you can still find fantastic watches that are far more than ornaments and that’s what keeps Hamilton great. The Khaki King Pilot Black Dial watch is a prime example of a durable watch that people use as they make waves…literally. Water resistant up to 660 feet, this is not a watch you keep hidden only for special occasions, though its nearly all-black look is very attractive. Hamilton has many watches, including this one, that is meant to help you live your life to the fullest, not just in terms of fashion. While Hamilton provides watches you may only want to wear on special occasions, they also produce timepieces for great adventures. With durable sapphire crystals protecting the dial window from scratching, you can rely on this watch to be durable.
Some reviewers had issues breaking in the leather strap, but overall, this seems to be a great watch that people love. The numerals are reflective, and readability is great, even in difficult lighting. The Khaki King Pilot black is a perfect example of how Hamilton Watches are still here for the future, not just in fashion but also for adventurous growth.
Hamilton Watches are for the Everyday
One of the best parts of buying a new watch is to enjoy it during your everyday tasks. Nothing complicated, not a style meant for fashion week, and not a watch you wear climbing Mount Rainier. A watch that can stand by you during your eight to five can be your most valuable timepiece. That’s why, when reviewing a watch brand, it’s incredibly important to look at some of these watches…The ones meant for the everyday. Because, in all likelihood, they are the most needed.
We’re going to look at a couple of options that display this category perfectly. However, I recommend researching more about Hamilton Khaki Field watches if you have the time, as they provide further great examples.
Men’s Jazzmaster Thinline
Our first example is the Men’s Jazzmaster Thinline. This watch is extremely affordable for the quality and seems to be well loved. The round stainless-steel case draws you in to enjoy the beautiful watch face behind a protective sapphire crystal window. The two-hand analog display, with quartz movement, is accurate and elegantly exhibited by silver hands. The strap is alligator-embossed brown leather with sharp contrast stitching. Overall, this is a gorgeous everyday watch.
A beloved feature is the date window, which is very small and keeps the watch face open. One feature that is less beloved is an absent second hand. However, the watch seems to be beautiful and classic without being “in your face.”
Unisex Khaki King
Another option we can look at to measure Hamilton’s more every day watches is the Unisex Khaki King. This strap is leather with contrast stitching, making it extremely visual…Especially in comparison with its stainless-steel case, black round black dial and light sword-shaped hands. Overall, this watch is extremely simple in and of itself, but the colorful design choices make it unique and visually appealing.
On the inner dial, you can see the 24-hour time. There are windows for the day and date, making this watch extremely informational in a simple way. Reviewers love its versatility and it’s no wonder. Besides formal events, this watch will go with just about any style. It is also comfortable and very durable. Essentially, this watch is the perfect everyday companion.
It seems that Hamilton Watches are an extremely high-quality brand that has stood the test of time. With watches that work for any occasion and any lifestyle, I encourage you to look at these options. While some of these watches are on the pricier side, if you truly appreciate quality craftsmanship, I believe you will be happy with a Hamilton watch. I specifically recommend the Unisex Khaki King for its quality and adaptability.