Hamilton is among the brands who have nearly perfected the art of re-creating watches from their incredible heritage and with the introduction of the Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical they have proven it once again. With over 100 years of expertise in developing pilots watches, the brand knows exactly what is important in such a watch.
No matter where you are relying on your watch, but especially in aviation it is crucial that your watch is extremely legible, which is why the 33mm stainless steel case is fully brushed, as there won’t be any distracting reflections originating from it. To further improve legibility, the hardened mineral crystal has an anti-reflective coating on both sides, which further eliminates any reflections. Paired with a matte grained dial, that is inspired by vintage cameras, the nickel coated and super luminova filled hands further improve the readability of the time. Additionally, Hamilton left out the date function for this watch, which is highly welcome by aficionados looking for a true re-creation to the original watch.
And although the design and size are true to the original piece, that was produced from 1973 to 1976 and was among the brands bestselling watches at that time, not everything is old school on this watch. The hand wound movement, that is hidden behind a solid caseback, is among the newest movements used by swatch group brands and features a solid power reserve of 80 hours. Additionally, the watch is water resistant to 100m, so you don’t have to be worried about taking it off for a swim.
Hamilton has been creating watches since 1892 and officially delivered timepieces to the U.S. military from the 1940s onwards, so the watch you are getting with the Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical is based on the exact model that Hamilton delivered to military pilots in the 70s. During the week I was able to test watch, I truly fell in love with this piece, since it wears incredibly light, looks absolutely fantastic and features a great hand wound movement. For the purpose of this review and my personal decision to add this watch to my collection, I chose the fabric nato strap, as it is more robust than the leather nato and looks more fitting on this watch, but that is only my humble opinion. The watch costs EUR 745 with the fabric strap, which is a great price considering you get a modern watch that is nearly the exact re-creation of its ancestor.