The Hamilton Watch Company has made watches since 1892 and has a long history in aviator watches. Hamilton and the Swiss helicopter rescue team, Air Zarmatt conglomerated to make the Hamilton Khaki Flight Timer .
This multi functional aviator watch combines an analogue and digital watch to bring a host of function that will appeal to pilots and non-pilots alike.
The watch is powered by ETA’s E20.373 movement, which is a part of ETA’s super-precision Thermoline family of thermocompensated quartz movements. A big mouth full, but only means a highly accurate watch.
The Hamilton Khaki Flight Timer comes in a couple of different colour option, with a choice of stainless, leather or resin (my favourite) bracelet. The casing is made of stainless steel and has a diameter of 40 millimetres and the glass is Sapphire crystal a hard, scratch resistant material.
The glass is covered in an anti-reflective coating and for night-time, the hands have the standard luminance coating and the digital side a backlight.
The crown and 3 additional buttons on the 2,4 and 10 o’clock positions operate all the functions of the watch.
The analogue side of the watch has big skeleton hands to enable a clear view of the digital face behind it. When you press one of the multi-function buttons the hands can also be moved out of the way for a better view.
A standard chronograph is part of the analogue functions and is operated by a dedicated buttons, which is a convenient feature.
The bezel is a bit unusual due to the fact that it counts down with the minute hand and not up like a dive watch.
It is the digital side of the watch that makes it a true aviator watch. The Hamilton Khaki Flight Timer is also a personalised logbook. It will record 20 flights and up to 99 landings for each flight (poor pilot who has to do that).
Other functions include:
• Current Time
• Extra Time Zone
• Perpetual Calender
• ISA temperatures
All the functions can be quite complicated and a good read of the manual is necessary to make full use of all the functions.
Below is a video that explains the functions a bit better:
Hamilton Flight Timer Review:
The Hamilton Khaki Flight Timer is aimed at the mid-level market and is an affordable highly functional aviation watch. The host of functions are dedicated to pilots are practical and functional.
The analogue/digital combination might not be for everybody, but will certainly turn some heads.
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