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Hamilton watches are innovative, iconic, and known for American Spirit and Swiss Precision, known for the highest performance standards and Swiss-made movements. With a reputation for craftsmanship and intense movie, military, and aviation heritage, Their evergreen watch collections include the Khaki Field, Khaki Aviation, Khaki Navy, Ventura, and Jazzmaster.
|Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Black - Nato Ref. H76419931
Today, we would like to offer their outdoor Khaki collection- a timeless epoch under their belt since 1914, a continuation of their military history in the design of form follows function. This Khaki collection is the epitome of best value Swiss manufacturing timepieces today. Strong history known that radiates robustness and reliability, no wonder even from elite collectors to those starting their watch collecting journey, would still favor and appreciate a solidly built all-rounder watch that Khaki watch provides.
Usually, one reminded of the Khaki Field Mechanical collection, where immediately recalls the military inspiration and reissue of their mid-20th-century model made mainly for the US Army, which known as the MIL-W-46374. The military era manufacturing did not come to a halt just for the US military. Hamilton decided to issue the same robust military piece, for the British Ministry of Defence, just like the coved “dirty dozen,” and produced from 1973 to 1976.
|Original British W10 specifications
The new Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical ref. H7641993 sets forth as Hamilton’s latest offering to a faithful and thorough reissue of this British military-issued aviation watch known as the W10. This path re-open the porthole of yet another realm of their issued watches after getting the contract for a simple aviation-type watch for the Royal Air Force in the 1970s. The tribute to this unique helmet style, tonneau case shape W10 gets all the little details just right, from the case and up to the dial design, Hamilton knocks this one right out of the ballpark. The Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical measures 36mm across by 42mm lug-to-lug, perpetuating the atypical 1970s helmet-shaped oval case. The full satin-brushed case comes as to avoid reflection and a slightly recessed crown with integrated lugs design. Sealing up the case will be the case back held in place by four screws, resulting in a water-resistant of 100m.
This new Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical spots on as the dimension re-embraces how the original model watch feels and wears faithfully. Not many watchmakers in this modern time can launch a reissue like this to its exact vintage sizing.
|Helmet style, tonneau case shape|
Underneath its box-shaped hardened mineral crystal lies another detail dead spot on to the original W10. The dial of the Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical starts with a grained surface to avoid any hint of reflection. Follow up with the British Royal Airforce sigma of having a railroad minute track with luminous sword hands and Arabic markers flanged by applied luminous blocks. The Luminous on the dial further gets the “tropical” caramel color treatment, which is appreciable and follows through a period where the watch gets “aged” beautifully.
The Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical is powered by its Caliber H-50, which is a tweaked 17-jewel ETA 2801-2 hand-wound center seconds movement. The main tweak has the power reserve pumped up to 80 hours while having the frequency of the balance slowed from 4Hz to 3Hz, or from 28,800 beats per hour to 21,600bph. Further, the mainspring got lengthened due to the reduction of the barrel arbor’s core. This allows a longer power reserve benefiting a hand-wound movement, with the lower beat-rate reminds one of an old school hand cranker found on vintage military watches. With all this said, Hamilton truly is the few that can produce such movement upgrade on a large scale and further being well priced.
|SuperLuminova for Superb Glow In Dark|
Lastly, the Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical comes on a storm-grey textile NATO strap as much fitting the rugged theme, as the original Admiralty grey Phoenix nylon Nato strap debuted as the British Ministry of Defence Standard in the 70s.
The faithfulness of the Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical ref. H76419931 with original vintage flair and the unique aviation design, kudos to Hamilton for staying true to the original dimensions and styling. It is a novel in today’s market where few other brands can get a reissued design done adequately with the original size. It looks are so period-correct adding on the evergreen field-watch vibe with its impeccable build quality and upgraded movement, Hamilton made the Swiss-made Khaki Field Pioneer Mechanical unrivaled in its price segment and attractive for all tiers of watch-lovers.