3 Classic Field Watches
(That Aren’t from Hamilton)

Today, we’re going to have a look at three of my favorite field watches.

OCTOBER 11, 2019

I’ve owned my Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic (check out our video review) for just about 9 months now, and it’s easily one of the watches I wear the most. At 38mm, it’s incredibly well suited to my wrist (more so than I would have originally expected), and it’s thin profile and iconic design make it supremely versatile too.

That all being said, it triggered a kind of mini field watch obsession in me that has spawned this quest for killer field watches from other brands to see just what else is out there, and today, we’re going to have a look at three of my favorites.

1: Glycine Combat 6 Vintage

Source: Glycine

Case Diameter: 43mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Crystal: Sapphire
Strap: Army Green NATO
Movement: GL224 Swiss Automatic Movement (ETA 2824)
Price: $450

There’s no denying it – the Combat 6 Vintage is a big watch. At 43mm, it’s larger than most of the options from Hamilton and the other brands on this list. However, it wears a bit less thanks to a shorter lug-to-lug distance, and the black dial helps it to feel more restrained. Powering the watch, we have the GL224 which is frankly just the ETA 2824 with a custom rotor (and possibly some regulating, there’s not much information on what Glycine do with the ETAs), a solid, proper workhorse of a movement that can be seen in many similar offerings. And at under $500, it’s hard to beat if you’re looking for a larger field watch that looks great (and doesn’t have that weird issue the 42mm Khaki Field does with the date window).

2: Weiss 38mm Automatic Issue Field Watch

Source: Weiss

Case Diameter: 38mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Crystal: Sapphire
Strap: Army Green Canvas Strap
Movement: Weiss Watch Company Caliber 2100 mechanical movement, Swiss Caliber 39 base
Price: $1850

Weiss Watch Co. has been on my radar for months now, and though the demand and the pricing have kept them from entering my own collection, there is no doubt that what Cameron Weiss is up to is something special. These are, with few exceptions, comprised of entirely USA made parts, and hand built in Los Angeles by Cameron himself. This example comes in at 38mm, with a crisp white dial that features sharply printed black Arabic numerals and a sub-seconds dial at 9 o’clock, almost mirroring vintage pocket watches more than field watches. The case is far more interesting in design than a head on shot can totally convey, and the overall package is truly something special in the landscape of modern watchmaking.

3: Longines Heritage Military 38mm

Source: Longines

Case Diameter: 38.5mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Crystal: Sapphire
Strap: Army Green Aged Leather Strap
Movement: Longines Caliber L.888.2, based on the ETA A31.L01
Price: $2,150

The Longines Heritage Military 38mm is one of the cleanest examples of field watch design you can get on the market today. Well, clean in terms of dial layout anyway, featuring only Arabic numerals for the hours and nothing more. However, the dial itself is uniquely aged on each piece to give it a specific, individual kind of faux patina that goes beyond just custard-colored Super-Luminova. It’s an effect that makes the watch feel truly old, as if it had seen combat the other items on this list could only dream of. The blued steel hands are a beautiful touch that gives it just a bit of elegance otherwise unbefitting of the style, yet it works. It comes stock with two straps – an aged green leather strap with only side stitching near the lugs, as well as a supposedly army green NATO that looks grey in every picture I see of it, so make of that what you will. Still, as far as options for something properly luxury go, it’s hard to beat Longines at their Heritage series game.

Got any picks for favorite field watches that are a bit off the beaten path? Be sure to let me know and, as always, keep it classy, watchfam!

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