At this time of year, perhaps not so soon for many of us, it is customary to start thinking about gift options, I must confess that I was a few years ago a more enthusiastic person with this time of year and with the idea of finding gifts that would bring for people a big smile on their faces, but I’m getting older and part of the enthusiasm is gone, shame, I know, but I’m really focused on changing that and I’ve already started working on it, but going back to the theme of this article, the gifts, to offer a watch can be a very exciting exercise, especially for those who love them, but it doesn’t eliminate some questions about it, it’s always a challenge to find the right piece it’s up to someone’s taste, not to mention other issues that we also have to take care too, like budget options, and before the buzz starts, let me take the elephant out of the room, there are watches for all types of wallets, good watches with a good looking, if you have been following my article for a while, you know that I am always suggesting watches on budget, I have a Casio F91, which cost less than € 20 and I still love using it, so this is a no issue.
So today, I decided to bring five Hamilton watches under € 1,000 and you don’t need to start complaining because of what I wrote above, because I promise I will write another article with suggestions for quotes below € 100 very soon. Even for us who deal with watches almost every day, sometimes we are surprised and that’s exactly what happened to me, when I was researching Hamilton’s novelties, I found two watches that made me very excited, the well-known Khaki Field Mechanical and if are already thinking about a new model in the collection, I must tell you that it is not that, it is much better in my opinion, it is the introduction of a steel bracelet in the collection that is something never seen before, after all a field watch that was made for soldiers to use in the performance of their duty, as they needed something more flexible and less exuberant, but those times are long gone and the current reality is different and the Khaki Field Mechanic is now a more mundane watch and this new steel bracelet fits in a phenomenal way, it gives the watch a completely new look, which reminds me of watches like the Sinn 556 / 556A or even the Tudor Black Bay 36, watches that I really appreciate, so this Khaki with bracelet is a very cool alternative to these watches and much more affordable. These are the first two suggestions, as the Khaki with bracelet is available with the dial-in black or white, I will not extend much more in detail about this watch because we have done it before and if you want to know more about it you can do it here. The price should be around € 585, a great deal.
The second suggestion is the most casual among all the others and is something with a tactical vibe, is the new PVD-coated Khaki Field King, which comes with a double Arabic scale, a large one with 12 hours and the second with 24 hours, a black dial matching the PVD coated case, but what stands out most is the double window at 12 o’clock, a “presidential” Rolex style day window and below it a date window, which is not the cup of tea for many and I am among them, I prefer the clean dials without a day/date complications. This Khaki Field King moulds a 40 mm case, a crown at 3 o’clock with crown-guards. The H40 automatic movement that equips the watch offers 80 hours of power reserve. The watch comes with a black leather strap that completes all the stealthy style and the price should be around € 650.
The American Classic Intra-Matic with a salmon (or champagne) dial is undoubtedly the most beautiful watch among the five options, with a 38mm diameter, a clean dial with long steel hour-markers applied, thin steel hands and an elegantly framed date window at 6 o’clock, makes this watch a dazzling, very versatile piece that can be used elegantly or simply. Inside it is an automatic movement Caliber 2892-A2, with 50 hours of power reserve which is more than enough to leave it for the weekend and getting back on Monday and it’s still working. The watch comes with a brown leather strap that fits perfectly with the colour of the dial. The price should be around € 795.
The latest choice is, in reality, a double choice, so it’s coming with an extra suggestion and it’s another American Classic Intra-Matic but this time with a 40mm case and two-tone dial. The watch has kind of a heritage vibe that put us a happy smile on the face and according to the brand makes the perfect bridge between the office and a weekend getaway. The dial presents an inner bezel in black with a minute scale and a beige dial with applied hour-markers, a date window at 6 o’clock and pencil hands with luminescence. It’s powered by the H10 automatic movement with 80 hours of power reserve. The watch comes with a black leather strap and should be available for the price of €950. The extra suggestion is another variant of the American Classic Intra-Matic in 40mm and briefly, we can say it comes with three differences, instead of the beige dial it comes with a blue dial, instead of the black inner bezel it comes with a white inner bezel and finally instead of the black leather strap it comes with a light brown leather strap. We can say this could be the best option for those looking for something with more colour.