In an ever-changing world of smart watches and fitness bands, I'm still quite a fan of old-fashioned mechanical watches. There's something truly charming about the idea of a watch movement being assembled by hand from hundreds of nearly microscopic parts to create something that, in a way, comes to life. Watchmaking is an incredible craft, there's no doubt about it.
Hamilton Watch Company has been around since the late 1890s, but was purchased by the Swatch Group in 1971 and is now one of about twenty brands that Swatch owns. Being a part of the Swatch Group has some distinct advantages, arguably most important of which is that ETA, a company that manufactures some of the most popular affordable mechanical watch movements, is wholly owned by Swatch. This means that Swatch Group watches are given priority access to ETA movements, which are becoming increasingly difficult to source by brands not affiliated with Swatch.
Anyway, take a look at this watch. Beautiful, isn't it? That's the Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer. It's a 40mm stainless steel case designed in the style of classic marine chronometers. Inside the case is a highly respected ETA 2895 automatic movement which can be seen through the clear case back. It has a nearly scratch-proof sapphire crystal, 100m water resistance, and comes in three different dial colors. This is an excellent example of an incredibly versatile watch that works well day-to-day but can be properly dressed up if need be. Plus, unlike your smart watch, this will last you a lifetime.