Hamilton Khaki Field 'Blue Anchor'

Regular price
$1,650
Regular price
Sale price
$1,650
Manual
34 MM
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SKU AS04152
Article Number 40990133
case size 34 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 1980s
dial color Blue
material Stainless Steel
style Field
category Vintage
bracelet Fabric
lug width 18 MM
Includes Orange ‘NATO-style’ nylon strap with steel hardware.
Manual
34 MM
– Show less
SKU AS04152
Article Number 40990133
case size 34 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 1980s
dial color Blue
material Stainless Steel
style Field
category Vintage
bracelet Fabric
lug width 18 MM
Includes Orange ‘NATO-style’ nylon strap with steel hardware.

Why We Love it

You can't get much more iconic than the General Issue, or "GI" style field wristwatch.

Produced under contract for the US Military since the 1960s, these simple watches were fashioned by a handful of American manufacturers for American servicemen. Many of these timepieces were used extensively - forged in the infernos by the heroes that wore them.

Due to the robust nature and clean lines, a demand was born in the civilian market, and brands such as Hamilton continued producing them through the 1980s for commercial sale under their "Khaki" collection with only minor changes from their General Issue counterparts.

This particular example was produced under contract for the what is now very well known retailer, Brookstone, and is essentially a civilian "continuation" of their historically military-minded collection. With added dial text and a simplified screw back case being the only major differentiators, this is the perfect watch for...well, just about everyone! 

Housed in a 34mm ‘parkerized’ stainless steel case with an acrylic crystal, an unsigned crown, and a stepped bezel, it features a deep matte navy blue dial with luminous ‘dart’ indices, a matching, lumed ‘syringe’ handset, a white 'Khaki-anchor' logo at 12:00, and 12- and 24-hour scales in white.

With an accessible price point, a bombproof ETA Calibre 2750 manual-wind movement, and spartan military styling that is always en vogue, this timekeeper is the perfect companion for everyday wear.these timekeepers are the perfect companions for everything from everyday wear.

 

Overall Condition

The case is in outstanding condition overall showing light signs of wear from gentle use. Matte blue Tritium dial is excellent condition with printed 'Arabic' indices is in excellent condition with matching ‘syringe’ handset. Signed crown. Fixed spring bars.

Brand Story

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The Department of Defense first ordered General Issue (GI) watches in 1964, to outfit soldiers in the years leading up to the conflict in Vietnam. Like the 'Dirty Dozen', the GI watches were made to resist exposure in inhospitable environments. Corrosion-resistant steel cases were utilized to protect the movement from debris, moisture, and shock that it would encounter in the jungles of Vietnam or the deserts of the Middle East.

The DoD contracted GI watches from many manufacturers, the most notable among them being Hamilton and Benrus. While other manufacturers cast their cases in plastic or fiberglass, Hamilton--the first manufacturer to receive the contract in 1964--cast theirs in steel throughout the entire 30 years of production. The look of these watches remained more or less the same during this interval, in keeping with the utility of their design and construction.

Their dials were spartan, and featured printed Arabic indices for both 12- and 24-hour graduations with luminous plots at each interval, with matching luminous 'syringe' hands and a 'spear' central seconds hand which was coated with a healthy dollop of Tritium to ensure maximum legibility. The 17-jewel, manual wind movements fitted were equipped with a hacking feature: a mechanism that stops the second hand from moving when setting the time. This enabled soldiers to synchronize their timepieces for maximum accuracy during elite operations and coordinated maneuvers. Despite the compact size of 34mm, these watches were designed to take a beating.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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Hamilton Khaki Field 'Blue Anchor'

Hamilton Khaki Field 'Blue Anchor'

Regular price
$1,650
Regular price
Sale price
$1,650
Hamilton Khaki Field 'Blue Anchor'

Why We Love it

You can't get much more iconic than the General Issue, or "GI" style field wristwatch.

Produced under contract for the US Military since the 1960s, these simple watches were fashioned by a handful of American manufacturers for American servicemen. Many of these timepieces were used extensively - forged in the infernos by the heroes that wore them.

Due to the robust nature and clean lines, a demand was born in the civilian market, and brands such as Hamilton continued producing them through the 1980s for commercial sale under their "Khaki" collection with only minor changes from their General Issue counterparts.

This particular example was produced under contract for the what is now very well known retailer, Brookstone, and is essentially a civilian "continuation" of their historically military-minded collection. With added dial text and a simplified screw back case being the only major differentiators, this is the perfect watch for...well, just about everyone! 

Housed in a 34mm ‘parkerized’ stainless steel case with an acrylic crystal, an unsigned crown, and a stepped bezel, it features a deep matte navy blue dial with luminous ‘dart’ indices, a matching, lumed ‘syringe’ handset, a white 'Khaki-anchor' logo at 12:00, and 12- and 24-hour scales in white.

With an accessible price point, a bombproof ETA Calibre 2750 manual-wind movement, and spartan military styling that is always en vogue, this timekeeper is the perfect companion for everyday wear.these timekeepers are the perfect companions for everything from everyday wear.

 

Overall Condition

The case is in outstanding condition overall showing light signs of wear from gentle use. Matte blue Tritium dial is excellent condition with printed 'Arabic' indices is in excellent condition with matching ‘syringe’ handset. Signed crown. Fixed spring bars.

Brand Story

+
The Department of Defense first ordered General Issue (GI) watches in 1964, to outfit soldiers in the years leading up to the conflict in Vietnam. Like the 'Dirty Dozen', the GI watches were made to resist exposure in inhospitable environments. Corrosion-resistant steel cases were utilized to protect the movement from debris, moisture, and shock that it would encounter in the jungles of Vietnam or the deserts of the Middle East.

The DoD contracted GI watches from many manufacturers, the most notable among them being Hamilton and Benrus. While other manufacturers cast their cases in plastic or fiberglass, Hamilton--the first manufacturer to receive the contract in 1964--cast theirs in steel throughout the entire 30 years of production. The look of these watches remained more or less the same during this interval, in keeping with the utility of their design and construction.

Their dials were spartan, and featured printed Arabic indices for both 12- and 24-hour graduations with luminous plots at each interval, with matching luminous 'syringe' hands and a 'spear' central seconds hand which was coated with a healthy dollop of Tritium to ensure maximum legibility. The 17-jewel, manual wind movements fitted were equipped with a hacking feature: a mechanism that stops the second hand from moving when setting the time. This enabled soldiers to synchronize their timepieces for maximum accuracy during elite operations and coordinated maneuvers. Despite the compact size of 34mm, these watches were designed to take a beating.

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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