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Introducing The Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto Gear Patrol Special Edition

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Our friends over at Gear Patrol and Hamilton have partnered on a new special edition dive watch that we wanted to share with you. It's the Khaki Navy Scuba Auto Gear Patrol Special Edition, and it's currently available exclusively over at the Gear Patrol Store. 

The watch itself is part of the already existing Khaki Navy Scuba lineup, but it comes in a black-and-orange colorway that is exclusive to Gear Patrol. All the tell-tale signs of a quality mechanical dive watch are there. The Khaki Navy Scuba Auto Gear Patrol Special Edition is a robust tool watch with 100 meters of water resistance and a unidirectionally rotating bezel. Two large crown protectors on either side of the screw down crown hold it in place and prevent inadvertent meddling with the crown when the watch is submerged in water. The watch also comes with both a stainless steel bracelet and a NATO-strap, which means that you're all set when summer comes around. The watch comes in a presentation box with a strap-changing tool too.

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Initial Thoughts
This is a good-looking dive watch from a very well-known watchmaker, and it has an exclusive design that ties it back to a popular media brand that has long been an important voice in the online lifestyle game. The watch's 40mm case size, and the fact that it comes with one of the Swatch Group's souped up ETA-based movements with extra power reserve – the H-10 – make it a solid choice for those new to mechanical watches and readers interested in a really nice value proposition (and who isn't interested in that?). I see nods to vintage dive-watch design, but also elements of modern sports watch design.

It will come as little surprise to those familiar with Hamilton that Gear Patrol's Hamilton collab comes at an attractive price point that sits well below the thousand-dollar mark. It's good, value-oriented watchmaking, plain and simple. While this watch is not a limited edition, it is being released in small batches and the first 50 watches drop today.

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The Basics
Brand: Hamilton
Model: Khaki Navy Scuba Auto Gear Patrol Special Edition
Reference Number: H82335031

Diameter: 40mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Black
Indexes: Luminous hour markers
Lume: Yes, hands and markers
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and NATO-style nylon strap

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The Movement
Caliber: H-10
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Diameter: 25.6mm
Power Reserve: 80
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 3.5 Hz (21,600 vph)
Jewels: 25

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Pricing & Availability
Price: $745
Availability: December 1, 2018

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