The Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Watch:
History of the W10:
The Khaki Pioneer Mechanical Watch is based on the W10. The W10 began production between 1973 and 1976 for the British Ministry of Defence. Hamilton succeeded Smiths watch production of the W10 for the Ministry of Defence due to the fact that the British economy was in decline in the early 1970s and Hamilton, an American brand, proved to be the more economically viable option. However, by the late 1970s Hamilton itself was on the ropes due to the Quartz crisis engulfing the industry. They were forced to pull out of the military watch supply business.
Hamilton Khaki Pioneer Watch Mechanical:
Recently, Hamilton have been looking back at their past as a means of inspiration for reissues and new product line. And so, born is the Hamilton Khaki Pioneer Mechanical Watch:, which is almost a 1-to-1 copy of the W10. It features the same typically 1970s pilot-shaped case, with integrated lugs completed by a matte finish. The only significant change in the watch is the edition of hardened mineral crystal glass, making it more durable.
The face of the watch is also almost identical to its original form. As a result it features hands made of Tritium, a mildly radioactive isotope of hydrogen with a half-life of 12 years. This material is prone to age to a lovely creamy patina, beloved of collectors. The only clear change on the watch is the removal of the encircled T which denoted the Tritium used in the watch. The watch consists of mechanical movement, but with a modern version of the hand-wound ETA 2801-2 with a slower frequency (3Hz vs 4Hz) and a improved power reserve of 80 hours.
Hamilton’s dedication to producing a reissue which has remained largely true to its original form can only be respected. This outstanding militaristic reissue watch is being sold at £720 on our website now and can be found under the code H76419931.
The Brand: Hamilton
Since its foundation in 1892, Hamilton Watch Company have developed a reputation for being a provider of accurate timekeeping. They earned the title of “The Watch of Railroad Accuracy”, due to their highly accurate pocket watches.
Hamilton earned a place in history, as they found themselves suppliers of watches to the US military in both world wars. The Hamilton Watch Company were invited by the US Naval Lab in 1939 to create an American made marine chrono. The US Government was plagued by shortages throughout the First World War and had to rely solely on European made pieces. Hamilton agreed in 1941 to undertake the work. By 1944 Hamilton had produced more than 10,000 Chronometers in aid of the American War effort.
Hamilton have developed a close relationship over the years with Hollywood. Hamilton watches have featured in over 450 films, beginning in 1951 with the Frogman watch. Other films include: Elvis Presley in 1961’s ‘Blue Hawaii’ and in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. More recently though they have featured in Interstellar and The Martian.
In 2003 Hamilton moved their headquarters to a facility in Switzerland. They still a global force within the timepiece industry, because Hamilton watches offer a combination of American heritage, Swiss internal workings and a touch of Hollywood flair.
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