Earlier this month, Hamilton announced its continued sponsorship of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series on Amazon Prime with a special edition of its Khaki Field Auto Chrono. The watch was first released last year to coincide with the premiere of the streaming series, and this month makes its second-season debut on the wrist of the title character.
If you’re unfamiliar, the show features John Krasinski (who you might remember from the movie A Quiet Place or the NBC TV series The Office) as Jack Ryan, a top-notch CIA officer who in Season One begins his adventure by tracking two potentially suspicious shipment of illegal arms to the Venezuelan jungle. This mission leads him on an action-packed trek involving conspiracy, corruption, and chaos, and taking him through the United States, U.K., Russia, and Venezuela. The newest season premiered exclusively on Amazon Prime Video at the start of this month.
Throughout his adventures, Ryan wears a special edition of the Hamilton Khaki Field Auto Chrono, with its base design elements blackened throughout to give it a very mysterious and stealthy look. The watch uses a 42-mm steel case with PVD coating, with a textured, black rubber strap, tiered chronograph pushers, and a large screw-down crown. On the dial of the watch is an outer, racing-inspired minute ring, applied Arabic hour markers, including an enlarged numeral at 9 o’clock, and a 3 o’clock day-date indicator. Two subdials, for the 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters, occupy the 12 and 6 o’clock positions, respectively, with syringe-tipped hour and minute hands steadily passing the time while a red-tipped chronograph seconds counter stands ready to time the wearer’s latest adventure to the second. Inside the all-black model is the H-21 automatic chronograph movement (which uses the ETA 7750 as its base), capable of a 60-hour power reserve.
The continued appearance of the watch on Jack Ryan’s wrist should be no surprise, as since 1932 Hamilton watches have made appearances in more thsn 500 features films, and surely countless television programs. The most recent example earlier this summer was a special Ventura model developed for the wrists of the Men in Black, though likely the most iconic appearance by a Hamilton watch in recent years was in 2014’s Insterstellar: that watch was released to the public at the start of this year and called the Khaki Field Murph (below).
While the watch will undoubtedly appeal to a large audience, and surely fits on the wrist of the suave Jack Ryan, I do have to wonder how practical an all-black watch really is in terms of legibility on a mission. Nonetheless, this recently released watch not only displays Hamilton’s persistent efforts to market itself through cinema and television but also confirms the continued popularity of all black-designs in both the watch world and the larger fashion accessory arena. The Hamilton Khaki Field Auto Chrono is available for purchase now, directly through Hamilton and at boutiques worldwide, for $1,795.