rue to its historic roots with a distinct vintage military aviation design, Hamilton’s Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Chronograph recalls recognizable details of the chronographs the brand produced for British Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots in the 1970s, making it a must-have for military history enthusiasts, aviation experts and watch collectors. Rugged and reliable, the 40mm watch is powered by the brand’s exclusive hand-wound H-51-Si movement.
Two horizontally aligned subdials – measuring minutes and running seconds – stand out against a black-grained dial and allow for the same accurate and reliable speed and navigation calculations that were so important to the RAF.
Hands coated in a white lacquer consistent with the original RAF models further the Pilot Pioneer’s heritage appeal, as does a layer of Super-LumiNova®. Also used on the dial markings, its beige-tone is reminiscent of the patina found today in vintage radium-based lume and ensures clarity in low light conditions.
Distinctive features such as a right-side case bulge designed to protect the crown and pushers, as well as a dome-shaped ‘box’ crystal with double anti-reflective coating also nod to its historic use as a critical aviation tool.
The commitment to authenticity continues inside with the brand’s high-performance H-51-Si mechanical movement, introduced in 2021. The hand-winding caliber keeps the pilot watch true to its origins, while updated technology including a silicon balance spring and 60-hour power reserve maintains Hamilton’s strict standards of precision.
Fitted with a brown leather strap, the 40mm Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Chronograph’s next chapter as an in-flight hero has just begun.
- Case: 40mm stainless steel
- Thickness: 14.35mm
- Lug width: 22mm
- Dial: Black grained dial
- Hands: White lacquered hour and minute hands with old radium Super-LumiNova®, white lacquered second hand
- Movement: H-51-Si mechanical chronograph movement with 60 hours power reserve and silicon balance spring
- Bracelet: Brown leather strap with pin buckle
- Glass: Box sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating
- Water resistance: 10 bar (100 m)