A few days ago I shared the story of having to return my Hammy Khaki King back to Jomashop. Well, the exchange has arrived, and it is in pristine condition. Thanks again Jomashop.
This is a review of the watch after 24 hours on my wrist.
The Khaki King is a very manly watch. Despite being only 40 mm, it wears large, and looks just perfect on my 7.75 inch wrist. The dial has a nice circular texture design that goes around the arabic numbers on the dial (see picture below.) The crown guard protector makes the watch look more like a 42mm watch, and the illusion is aided by the fact that without a large bezel, the dial is larger than on your typical 42 mm divers watch.
The hour hands are winners in my book. They are styled in the same manner as a Hamilton military watch from 60 years ago, and the 24 hour dial markers scream classic vintage military. The day/date feature is a very interesting touch. I did not expect to see such features on a $360 watch (what I paid for it) or even at the regular $540 MSRP. You normally see such features on more expensive watches, and when you come across them in watches at this price point, they are usually poorly executed. But not here, Hamilton knocked it out of the ball park.
THE MOVEMENT 5/5
The heart of this watch is an ETA 2834-2. Hamilton is well known for utilizing all the existing variations of the typical ETA movements one comes across, and this one is no different. As the name suggests, the ETA 2834-2 is the workhorse ETA 2824-2 with modifications to accommodate a day/date complication.
Hamilton uses the Elabore grade (mid-grade) ETA 2834-2, which utilizes the INCABLOC shock protection movement
This is a huge upgrade on your standard ETA Elabore movement, which normally would only carry an Etachoc for shock protection. In fact, you would not see this upgrade on any watch with an ETA elabore movement, unless the watch was priced at $1,000 or above. But Hamilton went the extra mile and did it all for a $540 watch. I like that.
So far the watch has been accurate over the last 24 hours...+1 seconds.
FIT AND FINISH 4/5
The numbers on the dial are perfect, the writing on the dial is also perfect, and the dial itself is completely clean of blemishes. The case is also perfect, and so is the movement as seen through the the back display case. So why do I give 4/5 to this watch for fit and finish when it is as clean as one would expect a watch to be at this price range?
It's not because the movement is not highly decorated, because at this price point it does not need to be at all.
The flaw is that the bezel is mirror polished while the rest of the case has a nice brushed polish to it. This makes the bezel a scratch magnet. It doesn't bother me, but it could bother someone with OCD.
THE LEATHER STRAP 3/5
This has always been Hamilton's weakness. If you get one with a leather strap, don't expect to be blown away by it. It is stiff as a board, though I grade it generously because I know it will eventually be broken in start to feel pleasant around my wrist. The leather strap on my Hamilton Thin-O-Matic was just as bad when I got it, but now it is nicely broken in and feels nice.
Final Verdict 17/20
It is a good looking watch with a solid movement inside. The only weakness was the bezel finish, and the leather strap which I can either swap out or wait while it breaks in.
Anyway, here is another picture of the movement to close the review.