Hamilton has joined forces with Gear Patrol in a collaborative event that has culminated in the production of the Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto Gear Patrol Special Edition watch. This is Hamilton’s most recent dive watch and it’s arriving just in time for Christmas 2018, but this is a very special wristwatch that will be offered for sale exclusively at the Gear Patrol store. The new joint effort is a part of an existing line of Khavi Navy Scuba watches, but this example is offered in a colorful black and orange theme that is an exclusive design for Gear Patrol. It won’t be available through any other vendor.
The Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto Gear Patrol Special Edition bears the indications of a quality mechanical dive watch in its robust design that features that make it highly resistant to water, and suitable for wear in water sporting activities including its namesake, scuba diving. This watch deserves a closer look and inspection to realize its inherent value and the things that make it unique within the special edition classification.
The Case is made of stainless steel with a brushed finish in a round shape and long lugs that curve gracefully downward, also in a brushed finish, The diameter of the case is 40mm which is a moderate size that makes it easy to read yet comfortable on the wrist.
The crown is a screw down type to hold it firmly in place and add to the water resistance of the watch which is rated at 100 meters. Two large crown protectors are placed on either side of the mechanism to protect it from any inadvertent bumps or snags when submerged in water.
The bezel is presented in a wide styling in black with minute indicators and modern font styling for the large numbers starting at 20 and ending at 50. The stainless steel material under the black coating is shown off on the sides in a cutaway design on the sides that leaves little doubt to the fact that the materials are in fact steel. This gives it an additional aesthetic of a piece that has received attention to the details of the design. The bezel is a unidirectionally rotating type.
The dial presents a black background color for the white applications of the indices and numerals indicating the time in minutes, seconds and hours which contrasts nicely for high legibility. The application of lume on the hour markers gives it a glowing quality that makes it easy to read in low lighting conditions. The chunky minute and hour hands are also treated with a bright lume, with a seconds hand in orange that has an application of lume that makes it easy to identify in the dark.
The movement, we’re told, is a Swatch Group high rev ETA based power source that has been enhanced to provide up to 80 hours in power reserve. It’s a caliber H-10 automatic winding mechanical movement with 25 jewels, beating at a frequency of 3.5 Hz at 21,600 vph. The functions of the movement are hours, minutes, seconds and date. Its size is 25.6mm n diameter.
The Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto Gear Patrol Special Edition comes with a stainless steel bracelet and the special edition box also contains a NATO-style nylon strap. The interchangeable strap gives you two options with the nylon being the best option for warm weather. You’ll also find a handy strap changing tool included in the presentation box.
The difference between a limited edition and a special edition
The Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto Gear Patrol Special Edition, Reference Number H82335031, is not a limited edition but you might assume so if you’re among the first 100 to attempt to make the purchase. You’ll need to be among the first 50 in line if you want to get in on the first release. The watch is set to be released in limited quantities at one time of small batches of 50. You’ll have ample opportunity to purchase the watch if you miss out on the first or second batch drops because several of them have been planned. The watch became available on December 1 of 2018 through Gear Patrol for a remarkably reasonable price tag of just $745.