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Besides telling the time, watches also serve functional purposes in performing specific tasks, this is also known to watch enthusiasts as ‘tool watches’. Hamilton has become a prominent brand that gained its reputation from producing robust and functional timepieces since 1892. Hamilton was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as a manufacturer of pocket watches renowned for their high accuracy and quality. This value carried on with them as they established themselves as a brand with deep horological significance in American history with the development of military watches, marine chronometers and aviation timepieces.
|Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Auto PVD Black - Leather Ref. H76635730
Even though Hamilton is famed for military-inspired field watches, they have proudly served the aviation community for over 100 years ever since the early days of flying. Most notably, manufacturing watches and instruments for the United States first Airmail service in 1918 and for Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s exploration flight over the north pole in 1926. Watches became an important instrument for pilots to keep track of time during maneuvers and carrying out in-flight calculations in the cockpit. With a vast experience in producing aviation watches, Hamilton integrates essential elements in their designs to create functional and precise timepieces for the modern pilot.
The Khaki Aviation Converter is Hamilton’s latest collection of aviation watches that incorporates leading-edge technology with a sophisticated look. Together with fine watchmaking, the modern yet utilitarian design makes this range of watches truly impressive.
|Swiss Made Hamilton caliber H-10 automatic movement
Right off the bat, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Auto Black PVD Ref. H76635730 sports a 42mm black PVD treated stainless steel case with a fine satin brushed finish throughout, conveying that the watch means business with its rugged outlook. Nonetheless, the lugs receive a slight polished bevelled edge for a touch of finesse. These dimensions translate to an incredibly versatile size that fits a wide range of wrist sizes, especially due to its curved lugs that conform comfortably around the wrist. The watch comes supplied with a matching black 20mm cow leather strap, allowing the gold accents on the watch to prominently stand out.
The distinctive feature of the Khaki Aviation Converter Auto Black PVD Ref. H76635730 lies in its bi-directional rotating bezel equipped with logarithmic gradations that interact with the fixed scale on the dial. This establishes a ‘slide rule’ that effectively allows pilots to conduct in-flight mathematical calculations in the cockpit. Calculations such as airspeed, distance and fuel consumption are critical information that aid pilots for a smooth and safe flight. Additionally, the bezel could be utilized for various unit conversions such as kilometers/nautical miles or pounds/kilograms.
|Quality multi-finished polishing in Switzerland
Hamilton’s attention to detail can be reflected on the gold-tone double-row polished knurling on the bezel for a firm and confident grip, this can also be seen on the matching substantial gold-tone crown at the 3 o’clock position. With these useful features, it is evident why this piece could be such a dependable tool for a pilot.
The Khaki Aviation Converter Auto Black PVD Ref. H76635730 flaunts a deep black dial with prominent syringe-shaped luminous hands that makes time reading simply a breeze. The gilt hands are explicitly designed for the hour hand to touch the inner hour markers while the minute hand reaches the outer minute markers. A subtle nod to Hamilton’s heritage can be seen at the 12 o’clock position, depicting their retro logo from the past. The red tip on the second hand, as well as striking red accents present on the scales and bezel draws attention to important markers at a glance while incorporating a dash of colour to the piece.
|SuperLuminova for Superb Glow In Dark
At the heart of the Khaki Aviation Converter Auto Black PVD Ref. H76635730 lies the Hamilton caliber H-10 automatic movement, which is a modified 25 jewel ETA day/date movement. The movement's main highlights include the boosted 80-hour power reserve achieved by lowering the 4 Hz beat rate of 28,800 beats per hour to 3 Hz (21,600 beats per hour). The lowered beat rate also translates to a more robust movement due to the lesser friction produced between the parts over time.
The Hamilton H-10 movement houses a unique hairspring made of Nivachron, a cutting-edge exclusive alloy material that boasts superior magnetism resistance, essential for pilots in the cockpit. At the back of the watch, the movement is viewable through the see-through exhibition case back, screwed in to attain a water resistance of 10 bar (100 meters).
Even after more than 100 years, Hamilton has proven themselves once again that their pilot’s watches perform exceptionally well as a dependable instrument during flight operations. Packed with functional capabilities and a stunning design, the Khaki Aviation Converter Auto Black PVD Ref. H76635730 is an outstanding piece that embodies Hamilton’s proud aviation heritage on your wrist, a dependable companion ready for your next flight.