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Hamilton Celebrates 100 Years Of Timing The Skies With A New Limited Edition

Hamilton Celebrates 100 Years Of Timing The Skies With A New Limited Edition Watch Releases

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Marking an anniversary of any kind is special, but when it’s a centenary, and it’s a milestone that’s close to your heart, it’s even more important to make sure you celebrate in style. That’s why Swiss-American watch brand Hamilton is pulling out all the stops in 2018 to celebrate its first centenary of producing watches for the world of aviation with a brand new limited edition from its Khaki Aviation line.

Hamilton Celebrates 100 Years Of Timing The Skies With A New Limited Edition Watch Releases

The brand new Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono Limited Edition is based on the popular Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono which was first launched in 2005 and has become a highlight of Hamilton’s aviation range. Building on that solid base, the new 45mm model counts the familiar drift angle calculator among its features but adds to it with a new COSC-certified movement featuring a silicon hairspring. Not only does this lend lightness to the movement, silicon is also known for its anti-magnetic properties. It’s a detail, but an important one for pilots who spend much of their time in highly magnetized areas such as airports, which can affect the accuracy or performance of a mechanical watch.

Hamilton Celebrates 100 Years Of Timing The Skies With A New Limited Edition Watch Releases

The new version features a multi-level dial and luminous hands, indexes, and numerals to ensure it is easy to read. It is limited, appropriately, to 1,918 pieces in a nod to the year Hamilton first worked with pilots’ watches. It’s a model that is likely to impress Hamilton fans and aviation watch enthusiasts alike and sets the tone for the brand’s centenary celebrations. While many watch brands are active in the world of aviation, few can claim so many firsts or so many major milestones since the early days of flight.

Hamilton Celebrates 100 Years Of Timing The Skies With A New Limited Edition Watch Releases

Originally established in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892, Hamilton gained its reputation for accuracy during the early days of the railroads. As pioneering flight gave way to regular flight services to connect the country, Hamilton was called upon to put its accuracy to the test in the air. It was chosen as the timekeeper for the first ever official US Airmail flight. A trip to the North Pole, the first flight to Hawaii from California, and keeping time for the first non-stop coast-to-coast service from New York to San Francisco quickly followed and reinforced Hamilton’s place as a first choice for pilots.

Hamilton Celebrates 100 Years Of Timing The Skies With A New Limited Edition Watch Releases

Based in Switzerland since 2003, the brand has continued its work with the flying community, forging associations with pilots from different fields of aviation with the aim of developing new products for the cockpit. Although modern cockpits bear little relation to those from 1918, many pilots still appreciate an analog backup to their digitized instruments in case of an emergency. With features ranging from second time zones to drift angle, landing speed, and fuel requirement calculators, Hamilton is a brand that prides itself on meeting the needs of serious pilots as well as impressing those of us who appreciate a classic aviation look in a watch. The new Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono Limited Edition draws inspiration from Hamilton’s long aviation history but has a firm focus on the future with its innovative new elements.

Hamilton Celebrates 100 Years Of Timing The Skies With A New Limited Edition Watch Releases

Congratulations to Hamilton on celebrating its first 100 years of timing the skies. To find out more about Hamilton’s aviation centenary celebrations, and the Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono Limited Edition (priced at $2,595), visit Hamilton’s official site and follow @Hamiltonwatch on its social media channels.

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  • ProJ

    I like it. It has the full character of a tool watch, from the complications to the case and dial design. It’s big but not overly so (compare with IWC’s Big Pilot in 46 mm with only date and PR display.) Interestingly, the case is similar to the Aquatimer from IWC, but that’s not a bad thing. I’d like to see a hands on review of this watch on ABTW some time in the near future.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      …and the price isn’t absurd.

      • ProJ

        Not at all

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Best i keep out of this one
    Congratulations on your 100th annaversery.

  • SuperStrapper

    So what’s the movement? A 7750 updated with silicon parts?

    • Appears so, but they also surmounted the extreme technical challenge of rotating the movement 180 degrees within the case. Think of the time and expense of printing new day and date wheels.

      • ProJ


      • SuperStrapper

        To be fair, they figured that feat out years ago. They’ve been doing thatbfir a while now in that watch line.

      • egznyc

        I’m just not entirely sure why they choose to do so.

  • IG

    Wow, it has matching lume and strap colours! Holy Batman!

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    I’m more of a three hand watch guy. But the allure of five(!) crowns and knobs, and a zillion technical aviation calculations, is strong.
    One of the few watches I’ve seen with biege/retro style lume, where I think it works. But that’s probably just because it matches the strap.
    I’ve already got a Hamilton, but I’d happily own this, its a bit of fun. That is unless you’re a pilot whose instrument panel has crashed, and he desperately has to work out where they are, and how much petrol they’ve got left.

  • DanW94

    What a bad ass watch. I don’t know a lick about flying but how cool are you if you actually figured out the cross winds or true air speed or what ever the f*ck it measures while actually flying a plane. Damn all these on-board computers, I’m flying like it’s 1939.

    • egznyc

      It’ll also tell you how close incoming hostile fire is … well maybe not ;-). Damn, 45mm is not small, but this is a tool watch and not meant for the boardroom or the opera.

    • Lash LaRue de Bayou

      Talk about Dan-o ( Dan-o)
      Dan’s our fly boy
      He’s your fly boy
      And he wears a Hamiltoe

  • While they don’t seem to push it as such, the bezel and rehaut act just like the familiar circular slide rule on Breitling Navitimers and can be used for any multiplication or division task.

    • Larry Holmack

      Actually a Hamilton I would like to own!

  • Playboy Johnny

    Not a bad looking watch. Always liked Hamilton. Still rocking my Titan II with 505 movement.

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  • Pete L

    Always had a liking to this model – so much going on but very much a cool tool watch. Actually prefer this one too as the silver subdials of the main line model don’t do it for me.

  • Ed Yu

    I know it’s a pilot watch but 45mm is really big for a watch. 🙁

  • Haseeb

    It is an excellent masterpiece. It’s my first proper watch purchase ever. I have also written a blog about the 100 years of timing the skies. Have a look here and let me know your feedback. Merci.