One of the cool things about Baselworld has always been the fact that there is as much an audience for a $500 value proposition as there is for a $100,000 mechanical marvel. Take for example, the Hamilton Field Mechanical 38 mm, a handwound model inspired by the military watches the brand made for the US military.

This watch is available in two dial variations

Hamilton has long had a history of supplying watches to defense forces around the world. It manufactured field watches for the US forces in the 1940s and later in the 1960s when they were deployed in Vietnam. The new Khaki Field Mechanical is a faithful recreation of its original 1940s forebear and is true to Hamilton’s military heritage.

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This Hamilton was designed to be a functional, no-nonsense timepiece as evidenced by the brushed 38 mm stainless steel case that it comes in. It is fitted with a sapphire crystal and has a large knurled crown for easy setting of the time. It also comes with drilled lugs, which makes changing straps a breeze.

It uses a 38-mm-wide sandblasted steel case

This timepiece comes with the two dial choices – in matte black or brown with 12 and 24 hour markings. The dial is easy to read with light, luminescent numerals and indices showing hours and minutes. The white luminescent numerals contrast well against the dark dials and beige Super-Luminova is applied to indices, syringe-shaped hands and the tip of the central seconds hand. The watch runs a hand-winding ETA 2801-2 movement. With a power reserve of 42 hours, this watch movement has a 4 Hz escapement and is equipped with a hacking seconds function.

A wristshot of the new Khaki Field Mechanical

While the black dial version is paired with a khaki NATO strap with dark brown leather loops; the brown matt dial comes with a beige NATO strap and dark brown leather loops. Considering the price, build quality and back story, this one is a winner. Price? $475 (AED1,770)

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