Watch manufacturer Hamilton relaunches his Khaki Navy Frogman this year. The revival line is a tribute to a piece of real and onscreen diving history: the iconic watch created for the US naval “frogmen” teams and featured in the 1951 movie The Frogmen and the brand’s very first on-screen appearance.
This forst foray into the movie industry, now well-known for its on-screen appearances in blockbusters like “Interstellar”, has its roots in its military reputation that dates back to World War I and II when the manufacturer equipped the American military.
The Khaki Navy Frogman 2016 impresses with its distinct and striking features, matches style and function beautifully. Fronted by world-renowned free diver Pierre Frolla, each model is equipped with a stunning crown-protection device, inspired by its 1951 ancestor with its inimitable military canteen design.
The Khaki Navy Frogman 2016 comes with a 46 mm titanium case which is built to meet the high demands of its underwater vocation, withstanding depths up to 1.000 metres. The unidirectional rotating bezel stands out in a bright red and there’s also a helium valve to equal out internal and external pressures in saturation diving conditions.
Hamilton equipped the dive watch with a generous dial which is very easy to read due to its big, luminescent indices and hands. The red-trimmed tip of the seconds hand highlights its role as an operating indicator and a vital feature. At 4.30 you will find a small date window.
The dive watch is powered by a automatic movement, the calibre H-10. It provides a power reserve of 80 hours.
The Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman 2016 is equipped with a ribbed rubber strap.
In addition to this model, the collection comprises two 42 mm steel versions as well. They may also be fitted with a steel bracelet instead of a rubber one. These models are available in two colors – black and blue – with a matching bezel. The steel versions are run by the same H-10 calibre, but with 30 atm they are not as water-resistant as the titanium Frogman. Totally sufficient for the average diver though.