The holiday season is well underway, and that means it’s time to start checking the boxes on your holiday shopping list. For the discerning men in your life, there are few gifts better than a quality watch and Hamilton offers a range of styles to consider. Hamilton, an iconic Swiss watch company with American heritage, makes a host of high-quality timepieces informed by its past while incorporating modern technology. Each makes for a reliable gift sure to please for years to come.
Khaki Pilot Schott NYC
When you think about iconic brands with American heritage, Hamilton and Schott NYC are both at the top of the list. Both of them even supplied the US Military during WWII, providing the best watches and jackets to pilots. So it is no surprise that the two got together to make this 46mm pilot’s watch. With the Federal Standard military color 30099 Earth Brown watch strap, made from the same leather used for the flight jackets during the war and to this day, this wristwatch is longing for a cockpit.
Intra-Matic Auto Chrono
There are few dial layouts more classic than a panda chronograph, and the Intra-Matic Auto Chrono wears it well. The watch takes inspiration from Hamilton’s 1968 Chronograph A, with perfect vintage styling, a modern makeover and 40mm stainless steel case. It’s powered by the H-31 automatic chronograph movement, which is a nice upgrade over the original 17 jewel Hamilton grade 643.
Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical
This watch is nearly identical to the original W10 that Hamilton made for the Royal Air Force in the 70s. With a few 21st century touches, the Khaki Pilot Pioneer comes in a compact 33mm stainless steel case that is mattified to avoid unnecessary glare. The dial is clean and uncluttered, allowing it to pair nicely with everything from a blazer to cuffed denim. If you’re looking for something that commands the respect and appreciation of just about every watch enthusiast out there, look no further.
Khaki Field Murph
Beyond its military heritage, Hamilton also has a long history in Hollywood, with its watches appearing in over 500 films. One of those films was Interstellar, which first featured the watch seen here called the “Murph” — named by fans for the movie’s principal character. The watch plays a vital role in the film, and now you can have one too. It features a 42mm case, an automatic H-10 movement and is full of nods to the movie — including the word “eureka” printed in morse code on the second hand, which is an integral plot point reference and the only difference from the original watch used in the movie.