Beater Watch poll

Recently I conducted a poll to understand which watch was better. The poll pitted the Henry Archer Nordso against Christopher Ward Twelve (All Stainless steel). The verdict was overwhelmingly in favour of the Twelve. Maybe it was a unfair poll. Maybe the watches didnt belong in the same category. I am now focussing on a different pair of watches. Hopefully I will get a similar prompt response. The watches are: Christopher Ward Twelve (All steel) Hamilton Khaki Field King (All Steel) I know it might be weird that I am focussing on an all steel form for a Hamilton Khaki. Since this would be my first Auto watch, I would prefer to avoid leather or Nato strap.
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Neither of those would I consider a "Beater"!! 馃槷

Instead I offer this 15 year old, dead reliable, well worn, much abused, well travelled alternative:

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I prefer the CW but for your first auto the Hamilton is definitely better, but again I wouldn't put these two watches in the same category.

Id consider the Hamilton to be a quintessential beater watch, but the Twelve is a dress/sports watch.

I think you don't mean "beater" but "daily" or WatchCrunch's favourite phrase "GADA"(Go Anywhere Do Anything)

Good luck 馃憤

Savage61

Neither of those would I consider a "Beater"!! 馃槷

Instead I offer this 15 year old, dead reliable, well worn, much abused, well travelled alternative:

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Hi,

Thanks for the suggestion. I have the following pre requisites for my first beater auto.

40mm dial

Sapphire crystal

Preferably exhibition caseback

All metal. No plastic parts. Otherwise prx was a no brainer.

Preferably Swiss.

Im still on the fence about a Hamilton Khaki field. I do want to fit in 馃槀 but it just isnt doing it for me at the moment.

I think the CW is fancier looking, if that's what you want, but as with most fancy things, it will look worse when scratched up, if that's the intent here. The khaki line is a tool watch style that will carry the scratches with a lot more poise than the CW imo. I personally don't quite think I use the word "beater" in the same way as you are here, but if you want an affordable Swiss auto that will definitely be taking some knocks here and there, I'd go with the Hamilton.

Dallen

I think the CW is fancier looking, if that's what you want, but as with most fancy things, it will look worse when scratched up, if that's the intent here. The khaki line is a tool watch style that will carry the scratches with a lot more poise than the CW imo. I personally don't quite think I use the word "beater" in the same way as you are here, but if you want an affordable Swiss auto that will definitely be taking some knocks here and there, I'd go with the Hamilton.

Thanks Dallen,

This was a much better explanation as to why the Khaki is better than the CW. Helps me decide.

As a beater, an integrated bracelet watch is going to be a hard, hard pass.

Give Traska a look. Or Citizen.

I do not think you can go wrong with either. I voted for the 12 simply because I find it to be a tad more visually interesting.