Hamilton Watches Review: 10 Best Hamilton Watches For Men in 2019

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What makes up a quality watch? Well, you’d agree with us that there’s more to a great timepiece than its looks and functions.

Highly exalted above time telling, the best of Hamilton watches have got some unique styles, designs and looks. Features that you’ll prefer to other watch brands.

Good news is there’s always a watch for you in the Hamilton catalog. From attractive designs to everything between and classically inspired designs, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Can’t wait? That’s great.

Take your time and enjoy our enlightening Hamilton watches reviews.

In 1892, the Hamilton watch brand was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the United States. The brand first started by making pocket watches with its focus on accuracy and quality.

The first series of pocket watches by Hamilton with the title ‘Watch of Railroad Accuracy’ were made in 1912. This solved the problem of railroad accidents caused by uncommon timing methods.

In 1914, the brand shifted its production from pocket watches to wristwatches. Ever since to date, this watch brand has been breaking grounds both in the aviation and movie industry with its iconic timepieces.

Hamilton’s Notorious Collections

The Ventura Collection: First made in 1957. This collection features the world’s first electrical battery-powered watches. The watches in this collection have unique shield-shaped designs.

The Khaki Aviation Collection: From this collection, the brand provided the Khaki X-Wind watch for Jake Morrison. A pilot character in the sci-fi blockbuster movie Independence Day: Resurgence. Many other pilot watches are of high quality in this collection.

The Khaki Navy Collection: The Khaki Below Zero watch is from this collection. The character Mark Watney wore it in the epic adventure movie, The Martian.

The Khaki Field Collection: The watches in this collection are one of the best field watches available in the market. 

With so many amazing Hamilton to choose from, it was quite difficult selecting the best ones. After much considerations and in-depth analysis, here are our Hamilton watches review for the top 10 in 2019 :

Comparison Table

Product

Case diameter

Band

Water Resistance

Price

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Case diameter: 40 mm

40 mm

Band: Leather

Leather

Water Resistance: 100 m   (328 ft)

100 m (328 ft)

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Case diameter: 43 x 45 mm

43 x 45 mm

Band: Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

Water Resistance: 50 m   (164 ft)

50 m (164 ft)

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Case diameter: 40 mm

40 mm

Band: Leather

Leather

Water Resistance: 50 m   (164 ft)

50 m (164 ft)

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Case diameter: 42 mm

42 mm

Band: Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

Water Resistance: 300 m   (934 ft)

300 m (934 ft)

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Case diameter: 44 mm

44 mm

Band: Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

Water Resistance: 100 m   (328 ft)

100 m (328 ft)

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Case diameter: 38 mm

38 mm

Band: Leather

Leather

Water Resistance: 50 m   (164 ft)

50 m (164 ft)

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Case diameter: 40 mm

40 mm

Band: Leather

Leather

Water Resistance: 50 m   (164 ft)

50 m (164 ft)

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Case diameter: 42 mm

42 mm

Band: Leather

Leather

Water Resistance: 50 m   (164 ft)

50 m (164 ft)

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Case diameter: 46 mm

46 mm

Band: Leather

Leather

Water Resistance: 200 m   (656 ft)

200 m (656 ft)

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Case diameter: 40 mm

40 mm

Band: Leather

Leather

Water Resistance: 50 m   (164 ft)

50 m (164 ft)

Top 10 Hamilton Watches Reviews

1. Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Auto Chrono

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 40 mm
Case Thickness: 13 mm
Dial Window: sapphire crystal​
Dial Color: White and black
Case Material: Stainless steel
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 20 mm
Band Color: Black  
Movement: Automatic
Water Resistance: 100 m (328 feet)

If you’ve been looking for a watch that’s spot-on accurate with a high power reserve (60-hour), then you’ve got a winner.

The Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Auto Chrono is a great looking timepiece with great attention to detail. It is a chronograph watch that’s like a ‘reincarnate’ of its 1960’s version.

The watch face design has a vintage touch to it with a panda dial. Feel free to go swimming in depths that run as deep as 100 meters (328 feet) without worry.

This is a thick watch as it’s an automatic chronograph with the Hamilton H31 automatic movement.

Looking for a great alternative to watch brands like Omega or Tag Heuer? Then the chrono movement in this timepiece is as great as these premium brands.

PROS

  • Gorgeous watch with great power reserve.
  • Great fit for the wrist.

CONS

  • Might be too thick for some.

2. Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 Quartz

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 43 x 45 mm
Case Thickness: 10 mm
Dial Window: Sapphire
Dial Color: Black
Case Material: Stainless steel
Band Material: Stainless steel
Band Width: 23 mm
Band Color: Silver  
Movement: Quartz
Water Resistance: 50 m (164 feet)

Love getting compliments about your timepiece? Want to make a statement? Looking for a perfect gift idea for that man you love? Then you can’t go wrong with the Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 watch. 

The Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 is an analog display watch from the Ventura collection that has great styling and rich history. Elvis Presley was known to wear it in the movie Blue Hawaii. It was named the Elvis80 as Presley passed away in the year he was to turn 80.

The futuristic designs of the Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 set it apart from any other watch in the Hamilton collections. 

As part of the Ventura collection, this is a battery-powered watch with a power reserve that’s up to 80 hours. Not only is this a gorgeous watch, but you’ll also find the strap quite comfortable. 

PROS

  • Well-balanced designs with a sporty feel.
  • Lume-packed hands and markers for legibility.
  • Comfortable watch strap.

CONS

  • Water activities are limited to 50 meters (164 feet).

3. Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart Auto

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 40 mm
Case Thickness: 11 mm
Dial Window: Sapphire
Dial Color: Silver
Case Material: Stainless steel
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 20 mm
Band Color: Brown 
Movement: Automatic
Water Resistance: 50 m (164 feet)

The Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart is one of the brand’s skeleton watches.

We love how the silver dial [with gold accents] makes a good combo with the leather strap.

You’ll find a small wheel that bounces like a heart beneath the 12 o’clock mark. Your movement powers this small machine. So, if you don’t wear it for a while, you’d need to wind it up for the next use.

For a watch of high precision and beautiful designs, the Jazzmaster is an affordable timepiece. If you don’t bother much about dates and value simplicity, then this watch will make you very happy.

It’s also a dress watch that will spice up anything you wear.

PROS

  • High-precision timekeeper.
  • Great watch with unique designs.
  • Beautiful brown textured strap.

CONS

  • Not as easy to read as other timepieces.

4. Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Auto

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 42 mm
Case Thickness: 12 mm
Dial Window: Sapphire
Dial Color: Blue
Case Material: Stainless steel
Band Material: Stainless steel
Band Width: 20 mm
Band Color: Silver  
Movement: Automatic
Water Resistance: 300 m (934 feet)

Dive, dive and dive deep with the Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman up to 300 meters (1000 feet). Make your diving dreams come true with this timepiece that looks great in and out of the water.

The original Hamilton Frogman was created for U.S. Naval ‘Frogman’ teams. In 1951 was featured in the famous movie ‘The Frogmen’.

The red-trimmed tip of the seconds-hand shows off its role as a functioning dictator. This is a vital feature of any good dive-worthy watch.

The first thing you’ll notice about the khaki navy frogman is its legibility as you dive into the sea. As you go deeper, you’ll discover the importance of its helium valve. It protects the timepiece from external and internal pressures as you dive deeper.

Your watch will always look good as new and unscratched each time you swim to the surface. This is the watch for you if you’d rather stand out than blend in.

The Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman has the Swiss H-10 movement running inside and a screw-down crown with a locking mechanism.

PROS

  • Gorgeous dive watch.
  • Comfortable and fitting on the wrist
  • Great value for money.

CONS

  • Might be too for divers with small wrists.

5. Hamilton Jazzmaster Seaview Chrono Quartz

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 44 mm
Case Thickness: 13 mm
Dial Window: Sapphire
Dial Color: Black
Case Material: Stainless steel
Band Material: Stainless steel
Band Width: 22 mm
Band Color: Silver  
Movement: Quartz
Water Resistance: 100 m (328 feet)

An attention seeker? The elegant black dial of this timepiece and entire ruggedness will fetch you a lot of compliments.

The rotating bezel is unidirectional and turns anti-clockwise. With this, you have no worries of overturning it by accident.

Did we mention that you go snorkeling and swimming with this timepiece? Enjoy your water-based activities up to 100 meters (328 feet) with this timepiece. Stay time accurate with the quartz movement of this watch.

The timepiece comes with Date display and a push-button Deployment Clasp. This Clasp feature keeps the watch secured on your wrist.

Looking for a great alternative to the Omega Speedmaster? The Hamilton Jazzmaster Seaview is an affordable chronograph timepiece with a classic look made with you in mind.

PROS

  • Elegant and classy.
  • Scratch-resistant.
  • Well-constructed watch.

CONS

  • The hands and markers are a little lacking.
  • Small date window.

6. Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Auto

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 38 mm
Case Thickness: 12 mm
Dial Window: Sapphire
Dial Color: White and black
Case Material: Stainless steel
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 20 mm
Band Color: Black  
Movement: Automatic
Water Resistance: 50 m (164 feet)

This Hamilton timepiece looks like a quick blast from the sixties but with a modern feel. If you want to feel nostalgic, this watch will make you remember the watches your dad wore when you were a kid.

You can have this timepiece on and wash your hands, shower or go swimming to depths, not over 50 meters (164 feet).

It’s also one of the few dress watches from Hamilton that you can wear with a pair of jeans and later change into a tux.

Every day will feel joyful with this timepiece. The watch face design [including the silver dial] is iconic, elegant and well-refined. The leather strap is thin and comfortable on the wrist.

PROS

  • Gorgeous watch with a retro look.
  • Timeless watch face design.
  • Well-suited for a dress or a retro-casual watch.

CONS

  • Leather strap material is somewhat lacking in quality.

7. Hamilton Khaki Field King Auto

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 40 mm
Case Thickness: 12 mm
Dial Window: Sapphire
Dial Color: Black
Case Material: Stainless steel
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 20 mm
Band Color: Brown  
Movement: Automatic
Water Resistance: 50 m (164 feet)

The Hamilton Khaki Field King is a watch we love to refer to as “the timepiece for the working man”. If a working man is to have only one watch in all situations, this is the one.

The khaki field watch is affordable and runs on a Swiss movement. This counts for its reliability, accuracy, and a great power reserve up to 80 hours.

It comes with a domed sapphire crystal that looks great and is scratch resistant. The second-hand, day/date features keep the watch well-rooted and ideal as a dress watch.

The Hamilton Khaki Field King is a good, hardworking timepiece that you can swim within depths up to 50 meters (165 feet).

You’re sure to enjoy a lot of compliments with this timepiece too.

PROS

  • A well-built timepiece with outstanding value.
  • Nice weight and sturdy leather band.

CONS

  • The strap might be too stiff for some.

8. Hamilton American Classic Pan Europ Day Date Auto

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 42 mm
Case Thickness: 12 mm
Dial Window: Sapphire
Dial Color: Black
Case Material: Stainless steel
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 22 mm
Band Color: Black  
Movement: Automatic
Water Resistance: 50 m (164 feet)

The Hamilton American Classic Pan Europ Day-Date is a timepiece for the most discerning gentleman. It’s a unique timepiece with an air of refinement to it.

It’s got a Sapphire crystal and a leather rally strap. Feel confident and wrist-safe with the deployment clasp and unidirectional bezel.

That’s not all. This timepiece runs on an impressive H30 automatic movement and an 80-hour power reserve.

The quality and craftsmanship are stellar. The designs are beautiful, with a retro and modern look. It’s got luminous hands and markers and measures time accurately to -5 seconds a day.

You can wear this timepiece, and it will rival other expensive watches. It also comes with a second interchangeable NATO strap.

PROS

  • Good looking and very versatile watch.
  • Great timekeeper.
  • Gorgeous dial.
  • Great readability.

CONS

  • Might need a better leather strap.

9. Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date Auto

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 46 mm
Case Thickness: 12 mm
Dial Window: Sapphire
Dial Color: Grey
Case Material: Stainless steel
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 22 mm
Band Color: Brown  
Movement: Automatic
Water Resistance: 200 m (656 feet)

If you need a watch that will push you to do better in your field, this watch is for you. The Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date looks carefully crafted.

The smooth sweeping of the second hand will be a good visual reminder for you. It’ll remind you of the gears, springs and jewels that are working in harmony to give you an accurate time.

The Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date is a great looking automatic Swiss watch with a masculine touch. Its water resistance is up to 200 meters (660 feet), good enough for you to go underwater with.

The leather strap might not be so impressive, but it’s still great. It has a stainless steel case and thanks to its sapphire crystal it’s scratch resistant.

PROS

  • Impressive designs with good accuracy.
  • Nice weight without feeling heavy.
  • The illumination is excellent.

CONS

  • The leather strap might feel stiff.
  • The large face might feel a little uncomfortable for some.

10. Hamilton Broadway Day Date Quartz

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 40 mm
Case Thickness: 13 mm
Dial Window: Sapphire
Dial Color: Blue and yellow
Case Material: Stainless steel
Band Material: Leather
Band Width: 20 mm
Band Color: Brown 
Movement: Quartz
Water Resistance: 50 m (164 feet)

Got a busy lifestyle but still want to show your stylish taste and get compliments? Then this watch won’t let you down.

You’ll find out that this timepiece is a summation of elegant, modern colors and materials.

These materials look full of life, just like the skyline of New York City. Remember when we said it’s the watch for the busy city man?

The blue dial has tall, straight lines with a vertical yellow-colored center. It’s scratch-resistant thanks to the sapphire crystal. The 50 meters (164 feet) resistance of this timepiece protects the dial. So, no worries if you’re under the rain or can’t take off your watch in the shower.

PROS

  • Great looking watch that works excellently.
  • Great colors combination.
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

CONS

  • Leather straps don’t work for everyone

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Hamilton Watches Good?

Yes! Hamilton watches are of respectable quality. Everyone, from watch lovers, Hamilton watch owners to collectors always have good words about the watch brand.

You can compare this watch brand to other Swiss watch brands like Tissot and Glycine. Although Hamilton isn’t usually compared with the Omega brand, many who own it feel it’s just as reliable and well-built.

So, if you’re considering price and quality build, Hamilton watches are of good quality. The watches are made with great attention to detail and are well-known to be solid performers.

Funny enough, some watch experts believe the watches are underpriced for the value they offer.

Where Are Hamilton Watches Made?

The Hamilton brand had its humble beginnings in America. It was into watch production in the U.S.A from 1893 till 1969 when the American manufacturing ended.

Today, the Hamilton brand is part of the Swatch Group and has some components of its watches made in factories located in the Far East like China and Thailand.

Do Hamilton Watches Come With Warranty?

Effective from the day you buy it, every watch made by Hamilton is covered by a two-year warranty. This warranty is limited. It only covers manufacturing and material defects existing at the time you got your Hamilton timepiece.

The warranty also covers watch repairs or replacements with another Hamilton watch of similar features.

But, the warranty won’t cover the following:

  • Battery life.
  • Wear and tear caused by aging like scratched crystals, changes in the color of the material, plating peels, etc.
  • Damages caused by negligence, accidents, incorrect watch use, abusive use, lack of proper care, etc.
  • Alterations caused by non-authorized repair persons who tried to repair the watch and so on.

Final Thoughts!

Hamilton has done its bit by producing extraordinary watches. These watches have a strong heritage. Their association with the Swatch Group has given them their boastful Swiss ETA automatic movements.

Wherever you go, and whoever you meet, you’re sure to leave a lasting impression with any of these timepieces. The good thing is you can always switch up your style by interchanging the straps to what will work for you.

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Marilyn

Marilyn

Marilyn Chase writes fashion articles for luxury power houses that want to see their brands surge. Her articles have appeared in various North American and Western European websites. She contributes articles about design, craftsmanship and manufacturing techniques in fashion. Her articles focus on trends and research supported by first hand interviews and pictures. She is qualified by extensive experience and a degree in fashion from New York.