6 Best Hamilton Automatic Watches (From $450 to $1.5k+)
James Elliott12 July 2022 | 6 min read
Hamilton is one of the best mid-range brands on the market. They consistently hit the sweet spot between great style, high-quality specs, and a reasonable price that keeps watch fans coming back for more – and that’s the same for Hamilton automatic watches too!
They’re a fantastic gateway brand into automatic watches, too, with some timeless (no pun intended) pieces across the field, dress, and dive watch categories. In this article, we will pull out our favorite Hamilton Automatic watches, comparing them on their specs, design, and price to help you find the perfect piece for you.
Time’s ticking – let’s go!
- 6 Hamilton Automatic Watches:
- #1 – Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic – H70555533
- #2 – Hamilton Khaki Navy Automatic – H82335131
- #3 – Hamilton Jazzmaster Automatic – H32515555
- #4 – Hamilton Khaki Aviation Automatic – H64615135
- #5 – Hamilton Ventura XXL Automatic – H24655331
- #6 – Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Auto Chrono – H38416711
We start off with perhaps Hamilton’s most famous and well-known watch, the Khaki Field. As field watches go, this is an absolute classic, and despite its affordable price (more on that later), it pretty much sets the benchmark for the entire market.
At 42mm, this H70555533 model is the perfect size for most wrists and combines a classic black dial with a brown leather strap. Talking of the dial, this is a quintessential field watch with a no-fuss face and large numbers, making it easy to read in all conditions. The hands are thick, there’s a date window at 3 o’clock, and subtle touches like the red-tipped seconds hand round off a lovely design.
Specs-wise, you get a lot here too. Hamilton’s H-10 movement is found inside the case, driving solid automatic performance all day long thanks to an 80-hour power reserve. A sapphire crystal protects that dial, it’s waterproof down to 100m, and it’s got an open case back to marvel at the operation. Bring all of this together for just $460, and you’ve got a fantastic automatic watch that combines style, functionality, and affordability – what’s not to love?
Now we jump from dry land and into the ocean with another Hamilton classic, the Khaki Navy. Hamilton’s well-known dive watch holds similar appeal to the Khaki Field, offering dive watch fans that same combination of design, functionality, and affordability.
This Scuba Auto model is slim and elegant for a dive watch at just 40mm, helping it stay understated when worn out of the water. But it still has all the look and feels you’d expect from a dive watch. The black dial and large white markings make it easy to read, with the date window at 4 o’clock and the pointed hands giving the watch a sleek and streamlined feel.
Inside the case, it’s the same H-10 that we saw with the Khaki Field, with the 100m of water resistance and sapphire crystal also following suit. The key difference with the Navy is the addition of a uni-directional bezel and the 20mm steel bracelet replacing the leather strap.
Those extra dive features drive the price up to around $595, but it’s still a great deal for a sophisticated dive watch that’ll look great on the wrist in and out of the water!
Away from the rugged Khaki range and onto something suaver with the Hamilton Jazzmaster. The Jazzmaster range is another mid-range staple of the Hamilton brand, with its many variations catering to every type of occasion.
This 40mm H32515555 model is a fairly standard dress watch, though, with a patterned white dial matching with silver dauphine hands, thin hour markers, and quarterly numbering to create a sleek and stylish look and feel. The finish is really high here, making it a dress watch that feels a lot more expensive than its $590 price tag.
For that price, you’re getting that H-10 movement and sapphire crystal again, but this time only rated down to 50m of water resistance – but it is a dress watch after all. An alligator-pattern calfskin strap rounds off the deal, with a Hamilton branded pin buckle tying everything together!
Back to the Khaki range again, but this time we’re up into the sky with the Khaki Aviation – Hamilton’s pilot watch range. There’s a lot of variety in this range, with models combining all sorts of aeronautical gadgets.
That said, the H64615135 model is definitely more for the casual, stylish pilot, bringing together a 42mm stainless steel case with a simple navy dial combination of large numbers, distinct chapter ring markers, and an inner 12-hour ring. Across the top and the bottom, you get a split day/date combination, with large hands making it simple and easy to read.
We’re going a little more premium with the movement here as we jump up to Hamilton’s H-40 model, delivering enhanced accuracy over the same 80-hour power reserve. While the sapphire crystal and 100m of water resistance are nice, perhaps the coolest thing about this watch is that it was worn by Matthew McConaughey in the 2014 movie Interstellar, meaning it’s also a certified astronaut watch.
If you like the sound of that, it’ll cost you around $750 to get it on your wrist – a pretty reasonable price for a stylish and functional pilot watch.
If you’re after something a little different, then boy, oh boy, have we got a treat for you. Hamilton’s Ventura range is steeped in quirky history. Originally launching in 1957, it made watchmaking history as the world’s first electrical, battery-powered watch.
But don’t worry, we know this is an automatic watch article, and over 60 years on, Hamilton has gone big and taken this triangular beauty and stuck a traditional movement inside. The XXL lives up to its name at 45.5mm x 46mm, combining a black dial, silver accents, and steel outer casing to create something that almost looks like a sports car.
A sapphire crystal, 100m water resistance, and a high-quality leather strap buy into that sporty appeal, with the same H-10 movement we’ve seen earlier on packed inside the case. If you think the Ventura XXL would look great on your wrist, you’re looking at $1,175 for the pleasure. If you want a Hamilton automatic watch with a difference, this is definitely the one for you.
And to finish up, we’ve pulled out the Intra-Matic model from Hamilton’s American Classic range. The American Classic range is an interesting one – in Hamilton’s own words, it’s a ‘versatile representation of their American heritage’, with each watch in the collection completely different from the next.
The Intra-Matic in question gives off strong race car vibes. The black and white ‘panda’ dial is a thing of beauty, drawing together hour markers, a date window, two chronographs, and a tachymeter to create a piece that’s highly functional and super stylish.
Powering all of this is the exclusive H-31 Hamilton movement, delivering 60 hours of time-keeping fun. There’s a sapphire crystal, 100m water resistance, and a calf leather strap thrown into this simply awesome 40mm package, too, making it a dream for motorsport-loving watch fans.
The price? Well, it’s our most expensive piece of the day at $1,695. But, if you’re after a premium Hamilton automatic watch that’s packed full of functionality and style, there’s no better watch out there than the American Classic Intra Metic Auto Chrono.
The great news for watch fans is that Hamilton absolutely smashes it out of the park when it comes to automatic watches. They consistently hit the sweet spot between style, functionality, and price across multiple genres, including dive and dress categories.
If you’re on the fence about any of the watches we’ve featured today, we’d urge you to explore the wider Hamilton catalog. Whether it’s the Khaki, Jazzmaster, or American Classic ranges, there are so many different variants out there that there’s bound to be something that whets your appetite.
But if you’re in the market for a new piece, Hamilton automatic watches should be right up there in your thinking as a go-to brand to get on your wrist!