Introduced in 2006, the design detail in the Khaki Frogman Auto Chronowatch from the Khaki Navy series is focused on merging style and functionality, without diluting either. The Swiss automatic movement is specially positioned at an inclined angle and two easily activated pushers are cleverly integrated into one hole. Distinctively shaped crown protectors ensure that the water resistance of the watch does not come under pressure. There is also a sturdy cross protection at the rear of the watch’s case with a look inspired by vintage diving suits.
The Khaki Frogman Auto Chrono is made of titanium, which is 30% stronger and 50% lighter than steel, and has particularly high resistance to corrosion, especially from salt water. The sand blasted effect produces a high-tech look. Keeping the watch in place on the wrists of divers and those who prefer to stay on dry land are straps in rubber or fast-drying canvas, or a matching metal bracelet. And for individuals wishing to tone down the adventurous statement, while keeping the watch’s essential character, there is a slimmer version of the timepiece with a brushed case and polished bezel. This watch does not have magnifying ‘eyes’ or cross protection – it is also available with a fine leather strap.
The “Frogman” watches in the Hamilton Khaki collection celebrate a long diving tradition, on and off screen. During World War II, US naval “frogmen” were the heroic individuals who prepared safe landings for supplies and troops on hostile shores. They used special Hamilton diving watches in their work and in 1951 stars of the Oscar-nominated movie “The Frogmen” that featured these men wore the proven timepieces. This role also kicked-off the beginning of the long-standing relationship between Hamilton and Hollywood.
ETA 7750 Valjoux self-winding chronograph movement
Hours, minutes, chronograph functions (12-hour and 30-minute counters),centre 60-seconds hand, date
Sandblasted grade 5 titanium
Protection systems for the crown (at 2 o’clock) and chronographpush-button (at 4 o’clock)
Domed sapphire crystal
Case featuring a cross-shaped reinforcement
Water-resistant to 200 m
Black or silvered
Titanium rings with magnified date display and minute counter
Canvas, rubber or grade 5 titanium
Brushed/polished titanium with canvas, rubber or leather strap or titanium bracelet