Hamilton's new khaki navy frogman automatic 43mm is a modern take on a vintage design.
Hamilton is one of the few American brands with a history as rich in the country's founding and development. In 1914, the company began making pocket watches for the U.S. military, and by World War I and II, it had become a major supplier of watches. During this time, the United States Navy became one of Hamilton's largest military clients due to the company's unmatched reputation for dependability and precision in timekeeping. U.S. Navy Frogmen, the forerunners to today's Navy SEALs, needed a nearly indestructible watch during World War II. The Hamilton Frogman was able to meet the unit's stringent standards.
Hamilton Khaki Automatic Frogman H77746333 Men's Watch
The Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Automatic 43mm, the newest iteration of the Frogman, retains the same rugged and overbuilt construction as its forebears but uses a modern design language that will appeal to explorers of all stripes. Champion freediver and brand ambassador for Hamilton, Pierre Frolla, encapsulates the spirit and motivation behind the latest Frogman perfectly.
Frolla has made a career out of breaking records, as evidenced by the four world records he has set in the sport of free-immersion diving. When he freedived to 73 metres in 2000, he set a world record; in 2001, he freedived to an incredible 80 metres, setting yet another record. Frolla is currently the Director of the Sea Academy, where he teaches SCUBA, freediving, water rescue, and civic rescue, but he isn't content to rest on his laurels. His most recent work, Océans Face à Face, is a photo book he co-authored with Greg Lecoeur that aims to encourage conservation by highlighting the interdependence of the natural world and human culture.
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Frolla recently spent time in Hawaii filming Hamilton's latest video project, Behind the Breath, which highlights highlights from Hamilton's incredible life and accomplishments. He has a Hamilton Khaki Automatic Frogman 43mm on his wrist. The Frogman, with its 200 metres of water resistance and rugged construction to withstand the abuse of underwater demolition crews, is the ideal timepiece for Frolla's active lifestyle. It is also fitting that the Frogman will be seen in the movies, as Hamilton watches have been featured in more than 500 films. When asked why he has stuck with Hamilton for so long, Frolla said, "Truly, it is the spirit they bring to every project, every watch. It's the same drive I have inside of me to keep going, to keep getting better, to dedicate myself to the journey as much as the destination.
The newest Frogman is housed in a slimmed-down version of the line's signature crown protector, which is housed in a 43mm 316-L stainless steel case. The bezel is new as well, with recessed markers and hour markers.
The Khaki line, like all Hamilton watches, prioritises readability and practicality. So, the markers and hands are oversized and packed to the brim with Luminous. Furthermore, the matte black dial is contrasted with orange detailing on the hour hand and the tip of the seconds hand for easy readability at a glance. The Frogman was designed as a tool for exploration, so it forgoes a date in favour of clarity and readability. But the Frogman isn't just a workhorse: its nickeled applied indices and hour and seconds hands make it a versatile accessory.
Hamilton's H-10 automatic movement can be found ticking away inside the case; it beats at 21.6kbph, has an impressive 80 hours of power reserve. The Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Automatic 43mm is offered in three different colour combinations: all black, black with a steel bezel, and all black with a PVD coating for stealth. The watches are offered on a rubber wave strap in either black or olive green, which is both fashionable and functional because it can be compressed to fit inside a wetsuit. The Frogman is also available in stainless steel with a three-link bracelet for those who would rather wear their watch that way.
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