Hamilton Khaki Field Officer Handwinding H69419363 Review- A Rugged Military Mechanical Watch

Hamilton Khaki Field Officer Handwinding H69419363 Review

Welcome to the post on Hamilton Khaki Field review. True to its military wrist watch root, Hamilton has produced another watch identical to their military watches issued decades ago.

The Hamilton Khaki Field Officer H69419363 is a very rugged military watch by the brand. It’s also have a mechanical movement – meaning it cannot self-wind like automatic watches – which makes it a very rare watch nowadays. Let’s have a closer look at this little timepiece.

 

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Hamilton Khaki Field Officer Specification (H69419363)

Diameter: 38 mm
Thickness: 9 mm
Case: Stainless steel
Lug Width: 20 mm
Strap: Canvas strap with leather lining and pin buckle

Dial: Dark green dial with numeral markers
Dial Window: Sapphire crystal

Movement: ETA 2804-2 Mechanical hand-wind movement
Movement Features: 17 Jewels, 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second, 42 hours power reserve,

Water Resistance: 50 m or 165 feet
Features: Slim case with vintage looks, date display, lume on hands and markers

Best Place To Buy: Amazon 

 

Hamilton Khaki Field Officer Handwinding H69419363 Review

 

Simply Styled Military Wrist Watch

The one thing that you will notice when first laying your eyes on the Khaki Field Officer wrist watch is how simple the design is. The case is simply designed without any complicated curves. The dial/watch face is matte green in color with bold numerals as markers. There are also 24 hours markers in the inner dial.

On the outer edge of the dial we have some triangles next to the markers – apparently these triangles are filled with lume to provide some indication in low light environment. There is a date display at 3 o’clock for added functionality. Signatures on the dial are kept to a minimum with small fonts.

The hands are sword shaped hands that is neither slim nor bulky and filled with lume. The total look of the dial is very simple and not eye-catching at all. There is no reflecting elements at all – the stainless steel case is powder coated while the dial is matte.

The 20 mm strap is also made of canvas (with some leather lining for comfort) instead of leather. This is truly a down-to-earth and humble wrist watch with military styling.

 

Side by side comparison: Hamilton Khaki Field Officer on the left and Hamilton Khaki King on the right. Both are inspired by Hamilton’s vintage military watches but have diifferent styling concept – the Khaki King is more refined and beautiful while the Khaki Field is simpler

 

Hamilton Khaki King Vs Khaki Field

The Khaki Field Officer watch is very different than the Khaki King. Hamilton has chosen to make both military watches to cater for different tastes of their customers. For those that like a military watch with a beautiful shining watch face and case, you can choose the Hamilton Khaki King. It’s also has the exclusive look with its brown leather band and contrast stitching.

Meanwhile those that want a no frills military watch can go for the much simpler (and cheaper) Hamilton Khaki Field Officer. This watch is meant for those that love simplicity and just want a watch that can work. It’s also perfect for outdoor activities and sports as the watch is light and the simple look suited those activities well.

Just don’t go for any diving or swimming with it. It got a 50 m water resistance but most watch experts don’t think a water resistance rating like that can actually be used to go deep to 50 m. A splash of water here and there should be fine though.

 

Quality Swiss Wrist Watch At Low Price

Another thing that I really like about the Hamilton Khaki Field Officer wrist watch is the low price of it (around $260 online) with some quality materials. It can be said to be a full fledged Swiss watch, material wise. It has a stainless steel case with a diameter of 38 mm and just about 9 mm thick.

It is very thin due to its mechanical movement (more about that later) which gives it a very nice slim look just like vintage military watches decades ago. The 38 mm diameter also adds to the exclusivity and will really suit most people’s wrist.

The watch also features a sapphire crystal which is just outstanding for a $260 watch. The sapphire dial window crystal is slightly domed and will provide good protection against any scratch to the watch.

The choice of a canvas strap is actually very suitable to the retro outdoor look of the watch. Some might not really like canvas straps and prefer leather but this is a watch that is meant to be used outdoor, in the jungle somewhere. A leather strap is really out of place in those places =)


You can watch this video to see the Hamilton Khaki Field Officer up close 

 

Mechanical Hand-Winding Movement of ETA 2804-2

The most special and interesting aspect of the Hamilton Khaki Field Officer is the mechanical hand-winding movement. What does it mean? It means the watch is not an automatic watch (you can “recharge” the watch by using it everyday).

Instead you have to hand-wind it manually to keep it running as it don’t have the self-winding mechanism. For more information, you can read my previous post on automatic and mechanical movement here.

The absence of self-winding mechanism made the watch thinner than other watches and give it the very sexy thin body. The reason why I feel that this watch is very special is that there are not much mechanical movement timepieces out there right now. It’s always automatic and quartz only. This gives the Hamilton Khaki Field a unique position in the eyes of watch lovers.

The movement features ETA Cal. 2804-2, which is based on ETA’s most common automatic movement – the Cal. 2824-2 (which is featured in Tissot Le Locle). This movement has 17 jewels and vibrates at 28800 per hour or 8 beats per second. It also has a good 42 hours power reserve. In order to hand-wind it, you just have to rotate the crown (positioned at 3 o’clock) upward to wind the mainspring.

Everyone should be very careful when hand-winding a mechanical watch. The winding must be done when not wearing the watch. The crown has to be turned while being gripped by the fingers at the side. Only rotating action can be applied on the crown – any other actions such as pushing up, down, or sides must not be done because it could damage the internal mechanism.

A huge disadvantage with the ETA 2804-2 mechanical movement is there is no slip spring. So theoretically you can actually break the mainspring by overwinding the watch. Luckily to break it is not an easy feat as you need to have a super strong grip and fingers. The key is to stop winding as soon as a resistance is felt when winding the watch.

 

Hamilton Khaki Field Officer Advantages And Disadvantages

Pros:
1- A cheap mechanical watch with great quality by Hamilton
2- Sapphire crystal at this price is simply outstanding
3- A truly simple retro wrist watch – perfect for those who like understated watches and not eye-catching
4- Great for outdoor activities due to its small size and light weight.

 

Cons:
1- It is a mechanical hand-winding movement which means the watch has to be hand-wind everyday
2- ETA 2804-2 mechanical hand-wind movement does not have slip spring. There is a possibility of damaging the mainspring or gears inside the watch if you are not careful

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Final Thoughts

So who is the watch is for? It is perfect for those looking a simple watch to be used for casual or outdoor activities. You don’t need a beautiful shining watch with leather strap while camping in the jungle right?

This Hamilton is sufficient enough to be used for outdoor activities. It is also light on the wrist. The mechanical movement is considered a step backward for some people but I feel that this adds to the choice of the watches nowadays. Some people (me included) will feel excited to have a mechanical watch, the original form of our watches today.

 

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Orient Bambino Automatic Watch Review FER24004B0

Orient Bambino Automatic Watch Review FER24004B0

Today I’m going to write about Orient Bambino watch review, which is one of Orient’s popular watches due to a number of reasons: it is a very affordable watch for an automatic and also very good looking. Orient release quite a number of Bambinos over the year with some minor upgrade here and there (you can refer to the Orient website here for more detail).

In this post, I’m going to specifically review the FER24004B0 version which is the black dial version. Without further ado, let’s look at Orient Bambino review!

 

Orient Bambino Watch Review

 

Orient Bambino Automatic Watch FER24004B0 Specification

Diameter: 40.5 mm
Thickness: 11.8 mm
Lug to Lug: 46 mm
Lug Width: 21 mm
Case: Stainless steel case with screw down caseback
Strap: Leather strap with buckle

Dial: Black dial with silver index markers and date display at 3 o’clock
Hands: Dauphine shaped silver colored hands
Dial Window: Domed Mineral crystal

Movement: Orient Caliber 48743 automatic self-wind movement with 21 jewels. 21600 vibration per hour or 6 beats per second. Non-hacking and non-manual winding.
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Accuracy: +- 15 seconds per day

Water Resistance: 30 m or 99 ft

Best Place To Buy: Amazon for around $200

 

Orient Bambino Review

Up close on the retro dial

Orient has always been one of my favorite watch manufacturer because of their quality products that comes at a very affordable price. The brand has about 60 years of watchmaking experience which is quite young actually if you compared with some of American and Swiss brands that can have more than 100 years of history such as Tissot, Hamilton, Bulova and Heuer.

But one thing that makes Orient unique is they predominantly sell affordable watches with movements that they produced on their own. Now that is very interesting as some brands nowadays uses movements from other company (Tissot, Bulova, etc).

This tenacity to hold on to their tradition despite challenges in the current world is what makes Orient and interesting and unique brand.

 

A Beautiful Retro Watch

On a first glance, you can notice that this is a retro styling watch. The totally circular case with the black dial and index markers really give it away. There are many versions of Bambino released by Orient by I like this one the most because of its cool and stylish black dial.

It makes is more versatile to be worn with any jeans or suit. The silver index markers and dauphine hands really complement the black dial nicely. The pointy index markers looks sharp and a nice design choice by Orient.

Orient chooses to put minimal signatures on the dial. There are only the Orient logo, “Automatic” and “Water Resist” signatures on the dial. All of them save the Orient logo have a minimal size. The watch is almost symmetric if not because of the date display and crown at 3 o’clock position.

There is no bezel on the watch making the dial to cover the entire 40.5 mm diameter case. As a result, we are getting more dial and can cause it to look bigger than it actually is.

 

Orient Bambino Watch Review FER24004B0

The Orient Bambino watch viewed from an angle. Notice the curvature of the protruding dial window at the top of the watch

 

Unique Protruding Domed Dial Window

The lug to lug width is only 46 mm. One interesting thing is the watch has a full thickness of 11.8 mm. But the stainless steel case covers only 70% of the thickness while the remaining thickness is due to the domed dial window.

The mineral crystal window is really something that is very unique and reminds me of the Tissot Visodate. It is really protruding out from the case and gives a nice touch to the watch. One important thing to note is that the dial window is mineral crystal which is not really as scratch resistant as sapphire.

Care should be taken while wearing this watch to make sure the dial window is not scratched (because it will be very easy to be scratched because of the protruding dome shape). I recommend to only wear it for indoor activities only.

One thing that I don’t understand is the 21 mm lug width of this watch. 21 mm is a rare lug width for a watch. Typical lug width for a watch with a 40-45 mm diameter are 20 mm and 22 mm. So a 21 mm lug width is quite rare to find. It will also make it difficult to buy a matching strap to replace the strap if you don’t like the black leather strap it comes with.

One way to get around this is to use a 22 mm strap but the strap’s end connecting to the lug need to be tapered/cut off a bit to make it fit. I really hope Orient will change the lug width to 20 mm in future upgrade versions of this watch.

Orient Bambino Watch Review FER24004B0

Looking at the Orient Bambino from side

 

Orient Cal. 48743 – A No Frills Automatic Movement

The watch is powered by Cal. 48743. It is an automatic self-wind watch movement with 21 jewels. It has 21600 vibration per hour or 6 beats per second which is the minimal standard for automatic watch nowadays. The low beat movement will cause the second hand to move not as smooth as an expensive watch though it is much better than a tick-tock quartz watch of course. The watch also has 40 hours power reserve and a +- 15 second accuracy per day.

 

Orient Bambino Review FER24004B0

It seriously looks great with anything. It will looks good in suits and even jeans (shown above)

The movement can be considered Orient’s lowest grade movement as it do not have hacking and manual winding feature. Without the hacking, we cannot set the watch to a precise time. The manual winding is something that is quite important. As an example, I will usually rotate my watches so there are some days that some watch won’t get any wrist time.

Being a mechanical watch, it is important for it to be continuously running so that it will keep its accuracy and keep its parts well oiled (think of a car that have difficulty to start after sitting in the garage for a long time). A manual winding feature will allow me to increase the power reserve of my unused watches so that it can last for one whole day without being worn.

An automatic watch without manual winding is not really convenient in my point of view. But the counter measure to this issue by making the rotor to be very easy to rotate. This in theory will make it able to store more power reserve with less wrist time than an ordinary automatic movement.

 

Orient Bambino Watch Review FER24004B0

Apart from its original black leather strap, it also looks good in this brown strap for a more casual look

 

Orient Bambino Automatic Watch FER24004B0 Advantages And Disadvantages

I’ve summarized the advantages and disadvantages of the Orient Bambino below:

Pros:

1- Good looking retro watch with fine details
2- Domed dial window is very unique and a great design by Orient
3- Black dial with silver hands and markers look sharp and beautiful

Cons:

1- A 21 mm lug width will make finding a replacement strap quite difficult
2- Non-hacking and non-manual winding movement features are absent in this watch.
3- Mineral crystal is easy to be scratched

 

Where To Get Orient Bambino Watch?

If you are ;ooking to buy the Orient Bambino, Amazon has the watch listed on their website for around $200. There are also other version of the Bambino that can be browsed in Amazon. Click the link below to check out the Bambino deals on Amazon.

 

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A detail video review of the watch. The watch just looks more beautiful in this video than on pictures – well, most watches are not really photogenic =)

 

Conclusion

Orient Bambino is a very affordable and beautiful dress watch. Sure, there are lots of things that I would wish the watch to have (hacking and manual winding, sapphire crystal, 20 mm lug width, etc.) but then we have to remind ourselves that this is a $200 watch.

For just around $200, we are getting a classic looking Orient Japanese automatic watch which is built with their famed high quality detail and craftsmanship. If you are looking for a beater watch that looks beautiful to look at, then this watch fits the bill nicely.

Hope you gained some insight from this Orient Bambino review. I hope you can leave any comments or any questions regarding the Bambino. I would love to hear what you guys think about this amazing watch. Till next time.

Cheers!