Alfonso Faustino: A-11 Wrist Timepieces

Recently, I became interested in military-issued A-11-style field wrist timepieces. I just really enjoy the simplicity of the face; and, I like the vintage-looking face and style of these wonderfully built, engineered, and designed A-11-style field wrist timepieces.

If you’re new to A-11-style wrist timepieces, I hope this BLOG will get you interested in purchasing one…if you are knowledgeable of A-11-style wrist timepieces, I hope you will enjoy the fact that you and I share the same interests.

Let’s start off with my A-11-style Field wrist timepiece: Hamilton Khaki Automatic 42MM A-11-style H-10 Movement Field Wrist Timepiece. I’ve been wearing this wrist timepiece every single day and night when I’m not working out.

HAMILTON KHAKI AUTOMATIC 42MM H-10 A-11-style H-10 MOVEMENT FIELD WRIST TIMEPIECE

I removed the leather strap, which is nicely produced, and I use one of my NATO straps.

Why do I dig this wrist timepiece?

Military Historic Legacy: I only buy stuff that has historical presence and legacy: Ferrari, Rolex, Hamilton, Bulova, etc., etc., etc.. (The King And I)

– Simple design. Sapphire Crystal like my Rolexes — super tough…when I was at Disneyland, I banged the Sapphire Crystal against a metal railing, full force, while running up the line to jump on the Indiana Jones Ride — not a single scratch to the crystal or casing — bad ass!

– Water Resistant to 100 Meters; I won’t ever SCUBA dive that deep, but it’s cool to have.

– Slim profile on my wrist with a slight dome.

– I like the clear back casing to see the H-10 Movement.

– Nicely designed and constructed: Curved brushed case and polished bevel.

– Swiss H-10 Movement — If you prefer Swiss movements over Japanese movements, such as, but not limited to, the 82S0 Movement, then the Hamilton is right for you — just remember, Japanese movements are excellent movements; and, in my opinion and experiences equal to Swiss movements.

– Hack Feature for military missions.

– Pretty good glow power from ambient artificial light and natural ambient light.

The picture, supra, is artificial light charging the protons in the dial. Just realize, if you get the white-face version, the numbers won’t light up in the dark — the numbers only light up with the black-face version.

The picture, below, is natural ambient light charging the protons as I entered my bedroom to sleep.

What I don’t like about it?

Other than not having a Screw-Down-Crown, I really can’t think of anything right now — it’s a superb wrist timepiece that does everything I need it to do with accuracy, durability, style, and reliability.

Is it a buy?

Did Former President Bill Clinton have sex with THAT woman? Hell, yeah — it is a great wrist timepiece — accurate, durable, stylish, for $600 — you can’t beat it.

You get a lot of high-end stuff for $600 — sapphire crystal, Swiss Hack H-10 Movement, and 100 Meters of water resistance.

BULOVA A-11 HACK FIELD 82S0 MOVEMENT WRIST TIMEPIECE

8-February-2022, I had insomnia; hence, I was viewing a YouTube personality’s timepiece video. He’s a horologist.

Anyway, he was talking about and showing off his A-11 Field wrist timepiece collection, and in addition to the Hamilton Khaki Automatic 42MM A-11-style H-10 Movement Field Wrist Timepiece, he mentioned the Bulova A-11 Hack Field 82S0 Movement Wrist Timepiece with the white face and no date. Seems like a lot of horologists really dig the ivory face Bulova A-11 Hack Field 82S0 Movement Wrist Timepiece.

On 8-February-2022, I decided to purchase it — it’s an inexpensive nicely built A-11 Hack wrist timepiece for $251.

On 11-February-2022, I took possession and custody of the Bulova A-11 Hack Field 82S0 Movement Wrist Timepiece

Why do I dig this wrist timepiece?

– Like Hamilton, Bulova has Military History, which is one of the main reasons I like and purchased the Bulova A-11 Hack Field 82S0 Movement Wrist Timepiece.

– Nice Design: the case has curved brush strokes with a polished bevel.

– It looks like the original A-11 hack field wrist timepiece from WWII — more so than the Hamilton Khaki Automatic 42MM A-11-style H-10 Movement Field Wrist Timepiece.

– Lightweight despite being taller than the Hamilton Khaki Automatic 42MM A-11-style H-10 Movement Field Wrist Timepiece.

– Reliable and accurate Japanese 82S0 Movement.

– Nice domed mineral crystal.

– Bold numbers font-type and face color that adds a more authentic and striking look that looks like a vintage WWII A-11 field wrist timepiece.

– Water resistant to 30 Meters — I wish it was 100 Meters; but, as I mentioned, I won’t be that deep in water — even as a SCUBA diver.

– No Date: surprisingly, I enjoy having a wrist timepiece that doesn’t have a date — all my other wrist timepieces have dates; and, when I saw the Bulova A-11 Hack Field 82S0 Movement Wrist Timepiece without the date, I almost rejected purchasing it; and, while I was waiting to take possession of it, I was prepared to return it; but, once saw it on my wrist, I didn’t care about not having a date — it’s a nice option for me to have in my wrist timepiece collection.

What I don’t like about it?

– For the bulky size, I would have like a bit more heft.

– I would have liked a sapphire crystal — I’m worried it won’t survive my right wrist banging up against a rail — but, hey, it’s a $251 wrist timepiece; so, I really can’t push for a sapphire crystal.

– The strap is eh.

– The glow-power isn’t as bold as my Hamilton Khaki Automatic 42MM A-11-style H-10 Movement Field Wrist Timepiece, but the glow power of the Bulova works, and I can read the time.

Is it a buy?

Does Former President Donald Trump’s skin look more orange than a Cheeto? Hell, yeah — it is a great wrist timepiece — accurate, durable, stylish, for $251. You get the look and feel of a vintage WWII A-11 Field wrist timepiece that’s water resistant to 30 Meters, and is powered by an accurate and reliable Japanese Movement: 82S0 Movement; it is stylish, accurate, and durable — all for a good affordable price.

If I had to choose one, which one would I choose?

Initially, without equivocation, I would have answered, “Hamilton Khaki Automatic 42MM A-11-style H-10 Movement Field Wrist Timepiece.” Now, that I have custody and possession of the Bulova A-11 Hack Field 82S0 Movement Wrist Timepiece, I’m equivocating.

Why?

Because I really dig the WWII Vintage-looking A-11 Field wrist timepiece of the Bulova A-11 Hack Field 82S0 Movement Wrist Timepiece.

The face appeals more to me than the Hamilton Khaki Automatic 42MM A-11-style H-10 Movement Field Wrist Timepiece.

Sure the Hamilton Khaki Automatic 42MM A-11-style H-10 Movement Field Wrist Timepiece has sapphire crystal, date, Swiss Movement, and deeper water resistant performance rating; but, when side x side with the Bulova A-11 Hack Field 82S0 Movement Wrist Timepiece, the Hamilton Khaki Automatic 42MM A-11-style H-10 Movement Field Wrist Timepiece face kinda looks pedestrian.

When I wear my Hamilton Khaki Automatic 42MM A-11-style H-10 Movement Field Wrist Timepiece, I get compliments; but, I’m forecasting, the Bulova A-11 Hack Field 82S0 Movement Wrist Timepiece will be a talking piece; because, it looks unique through its more vintage characteristics.

If money isn’t an issue for you, get both wrist timepieces — I like having options; however, if having both is not an option for you, get the Bulova A-11 Hack Field 82S0 Movement Wrist Timepiece.

If I had only $600 in my A-11 budget, I would still get the Bulova A-11 Hack Field 82S0 Movement Wrist Timepiece over the Hamilton Khaki Automatic 42MM A-11-style H-10 Movement Field Wrist Timepiece simply because of the face-appeal of the Bulova A-11 Hack Field 82S0 Movement Wrist Timepiece.

My Rolexes have sapphire crystals and are in perfect condition; because, I’m really naturally careful with them and all my other possessions; hence, I would be the same with the Bulova A-11 Hack Field 82S0 Movement Wrist Timepiece — so a mineral crystal is really not an issue for me, cuz I would treat it with respect like I do with my sapphire crystal wrist timepieces and other possessions I have in my custody.

So, for me, it comes down to unique visual face-appeal; and, wrist timepieces is about the face for me; and, the Bulova A-11 Hack Field 82S0 Movement Wrist Timepiece has a more appealing face to me than the Hamilton Khaki Automatic 42MM A-11-style H-10 Movement Field Wrist Timepiece.

So, my choice, between the two, having $600 in my hand to drop, I would drop $251 for the Bulova A-11 Hack Field 82S0 Movement Wrist Timepiece OVER the Hamilton Khaki Automatic 42MM A-11-style H-10 Movement Field Wrist Timepiece.

I would take the remaining $349 and purchase an AAPL CALL or PUT Option Contract to make more money; and, if I was still interest in having options between the two wrist timepieces, I would take that money, and I would purchase the Hamilton Khaki Automatic 42MM A-11-style H-10 Movement Field Wrist Timepiece.

Just a reminder, the Hamilton Khaki Automatic 42MM A-11-style H-10 Movement Field Wrist Timepiece also has the Hack feature — it’s just not mentioned in its name like the Bulova.

/s/ Alfonso Faustino