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Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Watch Reborn After A 40-Year Hiatus

Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Watch Reborn After A 40-Year Hiatus Watch Releases

The industry is very much enjoying a protracted romp through its back catalog, and while the desire for true novelty and innovation persists, this current fascination with the past has unearthed some throwback gems. Hamilton has a long association with the aviation industry, having supplied the U.S. Armed Forces with timepieces throughout the 1940s. Those military credentials were further compounded by the brand supplying the British army from the late ’60s until the early ’70s. Originally produced between 1973 and 1976, the Hamilton W10 was one of the most popular models at the time. And now, 43 years since its discontinuation, an extremely faithful remake hits the shelves today. The Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical watch benefits from a host of 21st-century updates, but is essentially the same watch, aesthetically speaking. And if you don’t believe me, check out the lead image: The one in the middle is the original.

Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Watch Reborn After A 40-Year Hiatus Watch Releases

Period-appropriate case dimensions of 36mm across (9-3), 33mm down (12-6), and 42mm lug-to-lug will not be for everyone, but such a boldly diminutive model will surely earn plaudits from advocates for authenticity. The stainless steel case has been mattified to reduce glare and teamed with a textured black dial set against polished hands for excellent legibility. Additionally, the box-shaped crystal has been treated with two layers of an anti-reflective coating so it provides a sharp view of the dial from most angles. A simply decorated pad-printed dial is brought to life by pairing a crisp white chapter ring with a faux-radium luminant.

Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Watch Reborn After A 40-Year Hiatus Watch Releases

Under the hood, the real update can be found. The Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical is powered by the modern H-50 caliber. It is a hand-wound movement, which has earned its stripes in some of the brand’s best-loved watches from the Khaki series. Its most notable trait, which is especially impressive given its small size, is a massive 80-hour power reserve, which means this watch will run for more than three days on a full wind.

Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Watch Reborn After A 40-Year Hiatus Watch Releases

Adding to the military feel of the piece are the NATO straps supplied with the watch. There is a choice between a durable storm-gray textile and a vintage-brown leather. As mentioned, the lead image at the top of the page also shows the original (which appears to be fitted to something akin to an admiral gray NATO). When seen side-by-side, it very is easy to appreciate how little Hamilton has chosen to mess with the source material on this occasion. The Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical is available now, priced at $845 on the gray strap (H76419931) and $895 on the brown leather strap (H76419531). Learn more at hamiltonwatch.com.

Update: An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed the diameter as 33mm. This is actually the diameter of the case along its vertical axis (from 12-6). The external width of this model is 36mm.

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  • Joe

    Love the design and impressed they haven’t tampered with the size.

    I’ve owned a (standard circular vs cushion cased) 35mm watch and it felt a bit small…so it would be interesting to see wrist shots.

  • Raymond will faint when he reads the size of this watch

  • Sarosto

    This looks very nice, Kudos to Hamilton for being brave keeping the original size, but I wouldn’t be able to pull it off, way too small.

  • Jeff

    This was on my “gotta have” list until I saw the size.

  • hatster

    Won’t be everyone’s cup of tea purely on the size but I really like it. refreshing to see a ‘vintage’ remake that won’t cost the earth. Hamilton is one of those brands that I always think is overlooked by too many watch snobs. Hopefully this might spark some new/renewed interest.

  • fitz

    . . . 33 … 33 ?

    • Update: 36mm accross (9-3), 33mm down (12-6), 42mm lug-to-lug. Cheers.

  • SuperStrapper

    Without insult, I might consider this for my eldest kid who has starting asking about some of my watches. It’s a good size for that and at the consumer level the price will be attractive as well.

  • Jared

    anyone else already tired of this push to smaller watches?

    its like the entire industry just decided overnight hey, lets minimize and you the consumer is just going to have to like it

    I mean why is it so hard for these multi billion dollar companies to offer watches both in smaller AND larger diameters at the same time?

  • Max Attack

    must have

  • PowNation

    Let’s see a 39 or 40mm variant released Hamilton, 33mm is too small for the general audience. Otherwise like the dial and case shape.

  • Auto Correct

    33mm will wear great on my 3rd leg.

  • Independent_George

    I wouldn’t wear this, but kudos to Hamilton for making a faithful re-issue.

    Okay Hodinkee readers, your finally have your tiny, no-date men’s mechanical watch. Enjoy.

    • Nirupesh Joshi

      “Hodinkee readers, your finally have your…” this is epic.

  • gwd

    ooo, I want the Broad Arrow version… 33mm -> Nevermind.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    I admit, it’s way to small. But more annoying is the “MECHANICAL” text, because at the time…

  • José Mário

    This watch is not 33mm wide. It’s 33mm from 12 to 6, 36mm from 3 to 9 and 42mm lug-to-lug.

    • Hamilton says the case is 33 across and 36 lug-to-lug. Not seen it in person, though.

      • José Mário

        Not true. Hamilton never states lug to lug length, only width and height (without the lugs) when the cases aren’t round. For example https://www.hamiltonwatch.com/en-int/h13421511-boulton.html this watch is 27.3mm wide x 31.1mm tall, and lug to lug is around 41mm (measuring the photo). Likewise, the Pilot Pioneer https://www.hamiltonwatch.com/en-int/h76419531-khaki-pilot.html is 36mm wide x 33mm tall, and 42mm lug to lug

        • Apologies, José, you are correct. This watch is 36mm across the horizontal axis (9-3) and 33mm down the vertical axis (12-6). Lug tip to lug tip is 42mm. Sorry for the mix-up and thanks for your input. Rob

  • Joe

    Thanks to Jose (above) I checked and the 3-9 width (including crown perhaps) is 36mm…so not as small as described.
    Hamilton’s own site is actually misleading.

    • Thanks for this, Joe. After a bit of confusion I think we’ve got the right measurements. I updated the article accordingly. Cheers.

  • JDB

    A beefy cushion case measuring 36mm x 42mm should have a lot of wrist presence, particularly with that big domed crystal. Twice the WR as Hamilton’s field mechanicals, and a much better finished case too. It should wear larger than the Marathon General Purpose Stainless Steel field watch, which I consider a jewel. Great for 6″ to 7″ wrists in particular. I’m strongly tempted, and only hesitating due to other recent purchases.

  • Thanks for the comment. We’ve had clarification on the size and it is 36mm across (9-3), 33mm down (12-6), and 42mm lug-to-lug. Thanks for commenting.

  • PR

    I see no reason to pay 800 bucks for this, at half the price maybe worth considering.

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