As the United States overhauls China in the Olympic medals table, we turn our attention to Hamilton, a proud American watch brand founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. In this, the year of Hamilton’s 120th anniversary, the Hamilton Khaki X-Patrol chronograph integrates the new H21 calibre with its excellent accuracy and extended power reserve. The watch features a unique mechanical conversion facility to give accurate equivalents of units in either metric or imperial systems. The watch was released in June.
Easy to read instrument panel
The Hamilton Khaki X-Patrol provides conversions for distances in miles (nautical or statute) and kilometres, heights or altitudes in feet or metres, volumes in gallons and litres, as well as weights in pounds and kilograms, using a turning bezel. Conversions are achieved by unscrewing the easy-to-grip crown at 9 o’clock and positioning an arrow for the first unit of measurement on the outer bezel scale. The appropriate equivalent is then visible on the inner scale. Once the reading is completed, the crown can be pushed back into place and re-screwed to secure it until required again. Three round chronograph discs, gravitating to the left-hand side of the dial keep track of hours, minutes and seconds, operated via push buttons at two o’clock and four o’clock. An easily legible day and date display is the centerpiece of the right-hand side of the dynamic dial. Whether this timepiece is co-piloting its wearer in the air or on the ground, nothing will escape its notice – even if it has a weekend off-duty, thanks to the 60 hours of power reserve
Designed to make a difference
Black or silver dials, with contrasting reflectors, are complemented by a black leather strap with fine white stitching, a sporty black rubber attachment, or a metal bracelet. The Hamilton Khaki Patrol’s aviation theme is reflected with a propeller-inspired design, offering glimpses of the automatic chronograph movement in action. A ridged effect on the side of the bezel, together with fine markings, screws visible on the case back and practical anti-reflective coating on the sapphire crystal hint at the watch’s quality and durability. Water resistance to around 330 feet/100 metres ensures that this watch is at home in all environments, airborne or otherwise.
Case Size: 42 mm
Material: Stainless steel
Dial Colour: Black / Silver-coloured
Attachment: Black stitched leather / Black rubber / Stainless steel
Movement: H21 chronograph
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 100 m / 10 bar
Launch: June 2012