RSVP for Topper X Watch the Bay Meetups "Field Day" Event Featuring the New Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical White Dial, and Vintage Museum Pieces!
As we start to begin preparations for our Topper x Watch the Bay Meet-Ups Field Day event with Hamilton Watches on Saturday, March 16th (don't forget to RSVP here if you haven't already!), we thought we'd take a moment to give you a sneak preview of what you can expect from the special evening, where we'll have a series of incredible vintage Hamilton pieces on loan from the brand's Lancaster, Pennsylvania museum. This includes several late sixties and mid-seventies references upon which the Khaki Field Mechanical is based. One of these references from 1969 was part of a government contract as an issued watch, and includes the coveted engravings of provenance on its caseback.
Several of the watches that'll be on hand have important historical significance – including a navigator chronograph used by pilots in 1943, and a particularly rare military dive watch from 1937, which is essentially a retro-fitted black dial Khaki Field Mechanical with a protective 'canteen' style crown cover that's chained to the case. Though Hamilton is probably best known for its field watches, this reference represents an incredible window into dive watch history, as it pre-dates even the rotating bezel that would come along much later. Hamilton's lesser-known history as a marine chronometer supplier will also be represented, as we'll have an incredible 1945 deck watch on hand, complete with its wooden gimbal box. It's truly an incredible piece of naval history, and an ample representation of the might and capability of the American watchmaking industry around the middle of the last century.
"It's a charming anachronistic mashup of military watches from the distant past wrapped up in a package fit for the present..."- HODINKEE
Of course we'll have the star of the evening: the new white-dialed Field Watch to which we gave design input to our friends at Hamilton (learn more about how this watch came to be on the Topper Blog right here), which has been called "unequivocally handsome" by HODINKEE editors in their recent Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical collection roundup right here. You can also expect to see several other unique Hamilton watches from the brand's more recent offerings, particularly those who have starred in popular Hollywood movies from the last two decades. This includes the iconic Ventura Quartz which would go on to become "the Men in Black watch," the green-dialed Khaki Field Automatic from 2001's Pearl Harbor starring Ben Affleck, the blacked-out Khaki Below Zero which appears in 'The Martian' on the wrist of Matt Damon, along with a stealthy Khaki Field Automatic reference used in the more recent Jack Ryan series starring John Krasinski. We'll also have Hamilton's latest Hollywood release: the hotly-anticipated 'Murph' watch, which will be on hand for you to try on and pre-order.
The Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical White is available in three different strap packages – reserve yours right here
Once again, if you haven't already done so, we'd urge you to RSVP right here at WatchtheBay – our last two events with Seiko and Casio quickly yielded a waiting list, and we'd hate for anyone to miss out on what's certain to be a very fun evening with Hamilton. We hope to see you there!The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.