Hamilton Khaki Aviation: Top-Notch Pilot's Watches
The Hamilton Khaki Aviation collection offers a full range of professional pilot's watches. It contains everything from classic timepieces with automatic calibers to modern quartz watches. X-Wind chronographs boast multiple complications.
Specialist Pilot's Watches
Hamilton has been producing cockpit dashboard clocks and pilot's wristwatches for over 100 years. The company has been a pioneer in aviation timekeeping since 1918, blazing new trails with a combination of American tenacity and Swiss engineering. The Khaki Aviation collection continues this tradition in the modern day. It is comprised of various sub-collections, including the Pioneer, X-Wind, Pilot Day Date, Air Race, Takeoff, Worldtimer, and ETO.
Swiss movement manufacturer ETA provides Hamilton with their automatic and quartz movements. Hamilton modifies certain calibers in house, which then receive a new designation.
Reasons to Buy a Hamilton Khaki Aviation
- Tradition dating back over 100 years
- Automatic, manual, and quartz movements
- Various case sizes
- Roots in the 1970s: Pilot Pioneer Mechanical
- A diverse range of timepieces
How much does a Hamilton Khaki Aviation cost?
|X-Wind Chronograph,ref. H77616533||1,200 USD||Drift-angle calculator, left-hand crown and pushers, day-date display|
|X-Wind GMT Chrono Quartz,ref. H77912335||860 USD||Quartz chronograph, Arabic numerals, rubber strap|
|Pilot Day Date,ref. H64615135||750 USD||Arabic numerals, day-date display, day at 12 o'clock|
|Pilot Day Date,ref. H64605531||750 USD||Brown PVD coating, brown leather strap with the Hamilton logo|
|Pilot Pioneer,ref. H76455933||750 USD||Retro 70s design, Arabic numerals, two crowns|
|Pilot Pioneer Mechanical,ref. H76419931||700 USD||Hommage to the Royal Air Force model from 1973|
|Air Race,ref. H76535131||640 USD||Orange indices, Red Bull Air Race model|
|Pilot Day Date Quartz,ref. H64611535||430 USD||Quartz movement, day-date display|
An Overview of Khaki Aviation Models
The remake of the Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Mechanical has an especially classic design. Hamilton first developed this model for the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1973. Paired with a NATO strap, the modern timepiece exudes the same vintage charm as its historical predecessor.
The Pilot Day Date is the largest Khaki Aviation sub-collection. You can choose from quartz and automatic watches in a wide range of sizes, as well as diverse dial designs and band options.
X-Wind watches are as functional as they are unique. Hamilton produces both chronographs and three-hand models. The manufacturer equips every three-hand watch with an automatic caliber, while the chronograph editions are available with an automatic or quartz movement. Each timepiece boasts a drift-angle calculator so pilots can calculate how crosswinds will affect their flight.
The Pioneer Chrono Quartz series is a family of chronographs with two subdials. These models are available in plain stainless steel or with a PVD coating. There's also the Takeoff Auto Chrono. Limited to a run of 1,999 pieces, Hamilton created this watch for the Swiss mountain rescue service.
Prices for a Pilot Pioneer Mechanical
Hamilton supplied professional pilot's watches to the British military from the 1940s through the mid-1970s. The W10 model produced between 1973 and 1976 was particularly popular. Hamilton released a faithful remake of the original W10 – the ref. H76419931 – in 2019.
Its brushed stainless steel case measures 33 x 36 mm. White SuperLumiNova Arabic numerals mark the hours on the matte black dial. The use of tan SuperLumiNova for the hands and indices around the dial's edge enhance this timepiece's overall vintage feel. The manual caliber H-50 serves as the beating heart of the Pilot Pioneer Mechanical. This movement is based on the ETA 2801-2 and has an 80-hour power reserve.
Tempered mineral glass protects the display. It features an anti-reflective coating on both sides for optimal readability. The final watch comes on your choice of a textile NATO strap or brown leather band. With a depth rating of 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft), your H76419931 can even join you for a dip in a pool. A never-worn model on a NATO strap costs around 700 USD on Chrono24. The same watch has an official list price of 845 USD.
Features of the Pilot Pioneer Mechanical
- Manual caliber H-50
- A tribute to the Hamilton W10
- 80-hour power reserve
- Retro designPurchasing an Aviation Pilot Day Date
Purchasing an Aviation Pilot Day Date
The Pilot Day Date collection contains a vast array of automatic and quartz-powered three-hand timepieces. They are available in two sizes: 42 and 46 mm. As for the dials, your options are black, anthracite, blue, or silver. Each version has the same dial design, which closely follows the parameters laid out by Baumuster B, or Type B. Baumuster B and its partner, Baumuster A, were developed by the German Ministry of Aviation in the early 1940s.
Baumuster B calls for a prominent minute scale with markers from "05" to "55" and a triangle at 12 o'clock. The hour scale occupies the center of the dial with the Arabic numerals 1 through 12. As the name implies, each Pilot Day Date has a day-date function. Some versions have both windows at 3 o'clock, while others put the day at 12 and the date at 6 o'clock.Select models also replace the Arabic numerals "15," "30," and "45" with sizable line indices.
One example is the ref. H64615135. This 42-mm stainless steel watch comes with a black dial. Its day display sits at 12 o'clock, directly opposite the date window at 6. The hour and minute hands are partially skeletonized and otherwise filled with white SuperLumiNova.
Based on the ETA 2834-2, the caliber H-40 powers this timepiece. It provides the watch with central hour, minute, and seconds hands and an 80-hour power reserve. The H64615135 is water-resistant to 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft). You can find this model on Chrono24 for about 800 USD new. Pre-owned pieces demand roughly 640 USD.
The 46-mm Pilot Day Date
If you prefer larger watches, you'll probably enjoy the ref. H64715545. This stainless steel timepiece stands out with its turquoise, SuperLumiNova-filled hands and minute scale. The caliber H-30 ticks away inside the 46-mm case. It comes with central hour, minute, and seconds hands, as well as a day-date display at 3 o'clock. The H-30 is a modified version of the ETA 2824-2 and boasts an 80-hour power reserve. You can view this movement at work through the display case back. Thanks to a water resistance of 200 m (20 bar, 656 ft), this timepiece can even join you on your aquatic adventures. Hamilton mounts the watch on a brown leather strap. Plan on spending around 700 USD on a mint-condition version. You can save roughly 110 USD by purchasing a pre-owned watch.
Features of the Aviation Pilot Day Date
- 42 or 46 mm in diameter
- Dial design similar to the Baumuster (Type) B
- Available with different dial colors
- Automatic caliber H-30 or H-40
Prices for an Aviation X-Wind
Hamilton offers a variety of professional pilot's watches in the X-Wind series. There are three-hand models, as well as chronographs. What makes these watches truly special is the integrated drift-angle calculator for calculating cross winds along a flight path.
The stainless steel ref. H77616533 measures 44 mm in diameter. This straightforward chronograph has a black dial stamped with Arabic numerals. Its crown and pushers are located on the case's left-hand side. Two additional crowns on the right operate the drift-angle calculator that runs around the dial's edge.
The ETA-7750-based caliber H-21 powers this watch. It has central hour, minute, and chronograph seconds hands, as well as a small seconds at 3 o'clock. The chronograph counters are located at 6 and 12 o'clock. A day-date display at 9 completes the dial.
Sapphire crystal makes up one half of the case back, while the other half is stainless steel engraved with a nomogram for calculating the drift angle. This X-Wind is water-resistant to 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft), making it suitable for swimming. A brown leather strap with a pin buckle holds the watch securely on the wrist. This model costs about 1,200 USD new. Pre-owned pieces are markedly more affordable at approximately 700 USD.
Aviation X-Wind Day Date Auto
Hamilton also offers three-handed X-Wind models. The ref. H77755533 has a 45-mm stainless steel case. Arabic numerals in white SuperLumiNova mark the hours on the black dial, encircling an orange 24-hour scale in the middle of the dial. The drift-angle calculator is a matching orange hue. This timepieces gets its power from the automatic caliber H-30. There are central hour, minute, and seconds hands, as well as a day-date display at 9 o'clock.
The main crown is on the case's left-hand side. Two additional crowns on the right-hand side operate the drift-angle calculator. This particular model comes on a brown leather strap. You can purchase a new timepiece on Chrono24 for about 1,200 USD. Pre-owned watches change hands for around 750 USD.
The X-Wind Chronograph is also available with a silver dial and stainless steel bracelet. This 45-mm model, the ref. H77726151, houses the caliber H-21 and a drift-angle calculator. It requires an investment of some 1,600 USD new and 1,100 USD pre-owned. There are also other editions with blue dials and your choice of a leather strap or stainless steel bracelet.
If you prefer black timepieces, you should take a closer look at the ref. H77785733. While technologically identical to the other Day Date models, its case and leather strap are both solid black. Orange accents on the bezel and dial add a unique sense of contrast. Mint-condition models sell for about 1,000 USD. Hamilton lists the same watch for 1,195 USD.
Aviation X-Wind with a GMT Function
Those on the market for a quartz-powered chronograph with a GMT function should look no further than the X-Wind Chrono Quartz. This stainless steel watch measures 46 mm in diameter and boasts a drift-angle calculator in addition to its chronograph function.
You can choose from a blue or black dial, as well as a stainless steel bracelet, rubber strap, or leather strap. These watches feature sapphire crystal and have a depth rating of 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft). One example is the ref. H77912135 with a black dial and stainless steel bracelet. This timepiece demands roughly 750 USD new and has a list price of 1,045 USD.
Features of the Aviation X-Wind
- Drift-angle calculator
- Various case sizes
- Left-hand crown and pushers
- Day-date display
- Chronographs and three-hand models
Aviation Air Race Auto and Red Bull
Hamilton created the colorful Air Race series in honor of Red Bull Air Race pilot Nicolas Ivanov. The stainless steel ref. H76535131 measures 42 mm in diameter. Its luminous material, inscriptions on the dial, and hands are all bright orange. The caliber H-10 (ETA 2824-2) provides this timepiece with its 80-hour power reserve.
The movement comes with central hour, minute, and seconds hands, as well as a date display at 3 o'clock. The final watch is water-resistant to 50 m (5 bar, 164 ft), so you should take it off before going in the water. Prices for this model sit around 640 USD on Chrono24. Hamilton sells the same watch on their website for 845 USD.
For something less imposing, there's the 38-mm ref. H76235131. Beyond its case size, this timepiece is identical to the 42-mm edition, including its price of 640 USD. If a black and orange color scheme doesn't speak to you, there are also Air Race watches with a silver dial and blue numerals and hands. This design is also available as a 38 or 42-mm model. Prices for these timepieces correspond to those of their orange counterparts.
Features of the Aviation Air Race Auto
- Special Red Bull Air Race edition
- Blue or orange indices and hands
- 38 or 42 mm in diameter
- Automatic caliber H-10
- Water-resistant to 50 m (5 bar, 164 ft)
Prices for the Aviation Pilot Pioneer Auto
Pilot's watches from the 1970s inspired the design of the Khaki Pilot Pioneer Auto ref. H76455933. This stainless steel watch has a distinctive cushion-shaped case with two pushers on the right-hand side. It comes with a black dial, which is stamped with SuperLumiNova Arabic numerals. Inside the 41-mm case, you'll find the automatic caliber H-10. This movement has central hour, minute, and seconds hands, as well as a date display at 3 o'clock. While this model has a list price of 995 USD, you can purchase a never-worn version on a black NATO strap for about 750 USD on Chrono24.