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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 Silver - Nato Ref. H76419951
The brand’s outdoor Khaki collection is a timeless epoch under their belt since 1914 as well as a continuation of its military history. This Khaki collection epitomizes the best of quality Swiss manufacturing. The Khaki watch boasts a rich history radiating sturdiness and reliability, appealing to elite collectors as well as newbies to horology. Today, we introduce the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Silver - Nato Ref. H76419951, a breathtaking timepiece that propels this 1970s Royal Air Force re-issue to greater heights.
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
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. The W10 was mostly dispatched amongst pilots and showcased a hand-wound movement. Although it had its overall design modernized, the W10’s fundamentals mirror closely to the Dirty Dozen. The re-edition in 2019, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Mechanical, was initially launched in a historically-relevant black edition. Similar to the original watch it reproduces, this modern rendition on the W10 preserves the typically 1970s pilot-shaped case, with integrated lugs and a slightly recessed crown in the caseband.
The sobber silver 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 greenish aged treatment, which is appreciable and follows through a period where the watch gets “aged” beautifully.
|Helmet style, tonneau case shape|
Completely brushed, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Silver boasts a screwed caseback and is water-resistant to 100 meters, enabling you to embark on exciting underwater adventures. The watch is powered by a H-50 caliber, and is available with or without a date function. It has an extended power reserve of up to 80 hours, ensuring maximum reliability even when it is not wound for a few days. 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.
Moreover, this timepiece has a hardened mineral box-shaped crystal with double anti-reflective coating on top for maximum visibility above or under the water, another detail dead spot on to the original W10. Coming in a “helmet” shaped case with full satin-brushed finishing at a size of 36mm by 33mm as well as a lug width of 18mm.
|SuperLuminova for Superb Glow In Dark|
For the 2022 collection, there have been no significant changes in terms of design, proportions and specifications. Yet the addition of blue blends in with the azure blue skies that this pilot timepiece aspires towards. 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 Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical is 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. Undoubtedly, the watch would be just as prized as the prior versions were. Be sure not to miss this watch, all ye watch collectors out there!