Though we most often associate watches like the Rolex GMT and IWC Mark series with pioneering aviation timepieces, Hamilton’s timepieces played a crucial role in early aviation. In the early 20th century it made watches and instruments for monumental flights like Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s 1926 flight over the north pole and the first California-to-Hawaii flight a year later. It stands to reason, then, that Hamilton can make a decent pilot’s watch, and that’s what we have here in the new Khaki Pilot Automatic Day Date.
This new watch features an automatic movement with a solid 80-hour power reserve that’s housed in a 42mm case. The dial is clearly inspired by early flight watches, with tan-colored lume (taking the place of the faded tritium you’d normally see on a vintage watch) and big Arabic numerals making their way around the dial. The watch also includes a day-date function with the day clearly displayed through an arched aperture at the 12 o’clock position on the dial, making for a very legible, practical timepiece.
The Khaki Pilot Automatic will come in both stainless steel or a brown PVD-coated case and will come with either a brown leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet. It will go on sale in May and will start at $995.
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