The RAF isn’t the only famous flyers to be celebrating 100 years of aviation adventure this year. Hamilton, also synonymous with aviation, are toasting their first 100 years of timing the skies with a limited edition watch that is likely to become another benchmark in the fine tradition of Hamilton pilot’s watches.
Based on the original Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono, the 2018 Limited Edition is loaded with aviation features for pilots and offers a technical perspective including the ground-breaking crosswind calculator of the original.
The watch is limited to just 1,918 individually numbered pieces (as in 1918, the year they started producing pilots watches), and is encased in 45mm of robust stainless steel. It’s powered by the H-21-Si, a modified version of the tried and trusted Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement and the first Hamilton chrono movement with a silicon hairspring.
Silicon makes the movement more precise as it’s non-magnetic and less sensitive to shocks. Being non-magnetic is also important for pilots because they often find themselves in environments with high magnetic fields, such as airports. In addition, to ensure accuracy, the movement has been precision certified by COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) as a chronometer.
The 2018 Khaki X-Wind has been equipped with newly shaped hands and Super-LumiNova® numerals in a sand color that glows neon green in the dark for maximum legibility. The multilevel black dial allows quick and easy reading of the three counters, the day date window is at 9 o’clock and the watch features turning inner bezels. The X-shape visible between the pushers and crowns surrounding the case complete the multi-dimensional theme.
Importantly, the Khaki X-Wind features the first ever drift angle calculator to appear in a watch, positioned on the turning bezel, it helps pilots accurately calculate how crosswinds will affect their flight path.
Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono On Stainless Steel Bracelet Ref: H77796135, On Leather Strap Ref: H77796535
Accuracy, innovation, and a taste for adventure; the Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono is a precision watch that represents Hamilton’s aviation heritage past, present, and future.The watch comes on a choice of a stainless-steel bracelet or a sturdy leather strap with the Hamilton ‘H’ buckle, typical of the Hamilton aviation style.
Available from May, the 1,918 piece limited edition watch will sell for $2,595
Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono Limited Edition (H77796535, H77796135)
||45mm stainless steel with rotating bezel
||Black dial with three counters and indexes and numerals with sand-colored Super-LumiNova®
||Black galvanic treated hour and minute hands with sand-colored Super-LumiNova®, white lacquered seconds hand with sand-colored tip
||Automatic chronograph H-21-Si with 60-hour power reserve and day date function
||Desert brown leather strap with H buckle
Stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp
||Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
||10 bar (100 m)
||COSC certified, limited edition 1,918 pieces, silicon hairspring