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If it was me, I would get this.
It has a higher water resistance and is manual. They also make a quartz and automatic version. That being said, its hard to wrong with either watch. They are both durable and classy time pieces.
I'm trying to sell my Khaki Field Manual. I'll try and get a post up tomorrow, but it's basically BNIB. Wore it maybe 3 times on an aftermarket strap.
I've got a BNIB Hamilton Khaki Field if you're interested. It's not exactly what you're looking for, but it's a great watch nonetheless.
I know this forum is not for setting up sales, but I have a BNIB Hamilton Khaki Field that I'm willing to sell if you're interested. I bought it to replace my Orient Mako USA, but I didn't end up liking it as much my diver.
Reward: Watch I want
Punishment: Give away $100 amazon giftcard
Already bought the giftcard, which I can use for the watch if I make it to 30 days. If I don't make it, I lose it.
I am looking to purchase a <38mm mechanical watch in the <$300 range for all day everyday use. I am a woman but I like wearing a larger watch. My wrist is pretty small. I have a Timex Weekender but I am looking for an upgrade.
I would wear the watch pretty much all the time-- I work at an animal rescue and things can get messy sometimes, and I'm a full time student. I would like a leather strap, no diamond crown or anything excessive, and preferably numbers on the dial instead of just lines or whatever. I could be convinced to buy a nice Quartz watch too.
I'm pretty open to possibilities and I'm not too concerned about buying a 'women's watch' since the selection is pretty limited.
I was looking at this Hamilton but I think I would like a white dial better: Hamilton Men's H69419933 Khaki Field Black Dial Watch
Hamilton's of all shapes and sizes are loved by people here in /r/watches. If you're an American, they're fun to have because of their history here. Now they are owned by Swatch Group so you get good quality movements.
It's available for much cheaper from Amazon. [link]
Do you have a Hamilton dealer near you? They may not have this in stock but you can try to find another 38mm watch to try on so you can get an idea of how it looks and feels.
Edit: I see now that website is for the UK so maybe that Amazon link won't help.
How's the stock band on the Hamilton Khaki Mechanical?
I'm just saying this Hamilton and this Tissot, for example, fit as entry level watches, don't they?
My wife just bought me a Hamilton Field Officer Handwriting for a promotion (the pure mechanical one) and I love it! I was scared at a 38mm watch but the watch wears very big. The mechanical with its brushed face is slightly less fancy than the automatic counterpart (and the auto has a better strap), but the mechanical only movement is awesome. Both can be had for around $300 on Amazon with a 3rd party warranty of 2 years.
Here is the one she bought me
Hamilton Men's H69419933 Khaki Field Black Dial Watch [link]
Here is the automatic one
Hamilton Men's HML-H70455533 Khaki Field Black Dial Watch [link]
Also consider the sizes of the watches. Some of the sportier/more casual Hamiltons I posted are 40mm, which is a little bit big and might be too large for very thin wrists, while others are 38mm.
Some of the cost is just materials used; others might be design. For example, this Hamilton Khaki Field retails for about $300, has a very simple flat dial, and is water resistant to 50m, which means it is best only resistant to splashing and probably can't be taken swimming. Meanwhile this $400 one has a slightly more complex dial and is water-resistant to 100m, making it more resistant and it can probably take submersion in, say, a pool occasionally, though I wouldn't do it frequently.
Meanwhile the very dressy Tissot LeLocle is only water resistant to 30m, which means you probably shouldn't get water on it.