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Antarctica Explorers
Paying tribute to our fearless adventurer Richard E.Byrd

-Febuary 7, 2023-

The coldest place on our planet, with temperatures dropping below -60°C (-76°F), Antarctica is truly unlike anywhere else on Earth. It has fascinated explorers from all over the world since the late 1800s, marked by the first major expeditions to uncover the mysteries of the White Continent.

Among the myriad of fearless adventurers who dared to conquer the land of ice was Richard E. Byrd, an explorer, aviator and American national hero. Hamilton was by his side during his expedition to Antarctica in 1928.

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Richard E.Byrd


Admiral Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957). U.S. naval officer, pioneer aviator, and polar explorer best known for his explorations of Arctic and Antarctica.

At a time when the Arctic and Antarctica were considered as remote as outer space, he pioneered the exploration of unknown and uncharted polar latitudes using airplanes and other modern technical resources.

Richard E. Byrd was one of the greatest polar explorer of the century, a feat recognized by the American government when he was awarded the “Medal of Honor,” the highest recognition of achievement for heroism.

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By the byrd polar and climate research center archival program, admiral richard e. byrd papers

Starting his journey as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Richard E. Byrd had the courage to explore desolate lands rarely seen by humans. In 1926, with Floyd Bennett as pilot, and Byrd acting as navigator, he achieved the first airplane journey over the North Pole with Hamilton by his side.

Though it is now believed that they fell short by 240 km, nonetheless, this pursuit made Byrd a national hero who contributed to a better understanding of the Antarctic ecosystem.

The early explorers spent months and sometimes years striving to discover the elusive continent of Antarctica. They faced incredibly difficult conditions with far less preparation and technology than we have today. Expedition watches played an essential role in keeping track of time on this beautiful yet unpredictable land.

The Hamilton 992 Pocket Watch


The Hamilton 992 Pocket Watch accompanied Richard E. Byrd during his expedition to Antarctica in 1928. It featured the most successful of all Hamilton pocket watch movements, with more than one million pieces produced by 1957.

While traversing the uncharted territory, Byrd needed reliable tools for navigation. His Hamilton 992 Pocket Watch was one of them. Engraved with Byrd’s name and expedition dates on the case back, the timepiece was a reliable companion during his Antarctica exploration.


A century later, Antarctica still remains a land full of unpredictable extremes.
To pay tribute to the courage of Richard E. Byrd and all the fearless adventurers, we took on an Antarctic journey putting our celebrated outdoor watches to the test in one of the harshest environments. Expeditions to Antarctica are among the world’s most difficult endeavors, and finding gear that will keep on ticking is a matter of life and death.


A journey into the great unknown

The first part of our expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula makes a stop in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world's southernmost city and the gateway to Antarctica. Often referred to as the 'end of the world', it marks the beginning of our journey.

Two days later we reach the White Continent, after crossing the famous Drake Passage, one of the roughest waterways in the world. Ready to face anything, from stormy “Drake Shake” to peaceful “Drake Lake”, we set a course for adventure.


Antarctica is known for its ice-covered mountains. While climbing the challenging peaks of the continent, the Khaki Aviation X-Wind Auto Chrono comes in handy. As mountaineering requires effort, strength and focus, a quick glance on this rugged watch keeps you on track when reaching for new heights. Blending with the icy blue waters, the Khaki Aviation X-Wind Auto Chrono is a durable adventure watch all its own.


Made for adventure enthusiasts, the Khaki Field Titanium is in its element when used in the most extreme conditions. A land of intense snowstorms and blizzards, Antarctica meets us with rapidly changing weather. When caught in a storm, there is no time to lose. Lightweight, durable and equipped with an ultra-readable dial, the Khaki Field Titanium stands strong in the face of challenges.

The Antarctica expeditions today are very different from their beginnings. Founded on the discoveries made by earlier adventurers, the present day explorations employ the most advanced equipment and adventure gear. And still, Antarctica never ceases to challenge!

With their reputation as robust and adventure-ready gear, the Hamilton outdoor watches are up to the task when used to time the most extraordinary journeys to the world’s most remote destinations.



"I am hopeful that Antarctica in its symbolic robe of white will shine forth as a continent of peace as nations working together there in the cause of science set an example of international cooperation."

Richard E. Byrd