As Hamilton enters its 120th year of timekeeping on land, in the air and at the sea, the Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer Limited Edition mirrors the brand's deep-rooted maritime history. A finely crafted contemporary interpretation of the marine chronometers produced by Hamilton during the course of WWII, this timekeeper prides itself on accuracy and doubles as a wristwatch and table - clock.
In 1940, The Hamilton Watch Company embarked on a challenge to produce some of the first marine chronometers. In a little over a year Hamilton managed to develop and produce the first marine chronometers that met the toughest demands for accuracy and reliability.
In three years around 9,901 excellent instruments were produced.
Vital military equipment
Chronometers were vital naval equipment for calculating longitude and plotting location and direction, they were used by the US Navy as an alternative to radio for location position. They were vital military equipment since radio signals could be intercepted and falsified by the enemy.
The original Hamilton marine chronometers demonstrated unrivalled accuracy. An Admiral in command of a large battleship said: "The Hamilton chronometers which we had on board more than lived up to their reputation and to our expectations. No equipment could have possibly performed better."
The company's effort was rewarded with a US Army-Navy "E" Award.
Celebration of a milestone
The design of the 2012 Khaki Navy Pioneer Limited Edition is a tribute to its ancestor, achieved by using the latest watch making techniques and materials. A Swiss-made, hand-winding mechanical ETA 6498-2 movement powers the watch and its exclusive decoration and unique engraving, honoring the brand's milestone anniversary, carries the signature of fine watch making.
Each of the 1'892 numbered pieces, referring to the company's foundation year, comes in its own Pará rubber tree wooden box, reminiscent of its wartime "ancestors". The design combines a proven pioneering spirit with passion for detail that makes a difference in terms of appearance and functionality. Owners can choose whether to enjoy today's precision-timekeeping on their wrist, or in pride of place on their desk or showcase, safely in parallel position, with absolutely no danger of a collision from a style or operational perspective.
Yesterday is here to stay
Today's Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer adopts the same ambitions as the 1940s Hamilton marine chronometer to achieve the highest standards of reliability. The model also exists in three 40mm unlimited references powered by an ETA 2895 automatic movement which can be seen through the clear case back. Reminiscent of the original Hamilton marine chronometer, the hands are hand polished and its distictive round case shape has been preserved by mixing polished and satin finishes.
The dial gets a sumptuous classical look through a velvety finish and is protected by an antireflective glass to create a strong and classy timepiece that will stay in the collection as a legacy to the Hamilton marine chronometer
In 2012, marine chronometry looks to be wearable, versatile, stylish and completely at home on dry land.
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