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Issue One Winter 2011

Big Pilot Watches - The Hamilton Khaki Pilot 46mm Reviewed by Adrian Ainsworth

HamiltonPilot 46mm comes in a big stainless steel case with an easy to read dial, the triangular marker at twelve, thick leather strap with rivets if you wish and basically ticks the boxes for a big pilotʼs watch. Of course Hamilton have not invented anything new here, it is their take on the Big Pilot watches of the 30s and 40s, a style which has become as iconic in the aviator watch world as The Rolex Submariner is in the Dive Watch world.

Hamilton have stamped their own mark on this watch to make it a bit differrent from the crowd. Some of it good some not so good.

We like the inner ring with the hour markings and the outer

ring having the minute markers. It makes the watch busier than many Pilot watches but at 46mm we feel the watch can cope with this. the cut out on the tip of the hour hand is a nice touch so that you can read the hour on the inner ring. The Khaki Pilot runs on an the Swiss, 25 jewel, 2836-2 calibre made by ETA. The 2836 offers a hack function, which stops the seconds hand while the crown is pulled to the time- setting position. This feature allows accuarte synchronisation adding a further degree of credibility to the watch.

The case of Hamilton's Khaki Pilot is in stainless steel and finished with alternating brushed and buffed polishes.

The bezel is light and thin, leaving as much room as possible for the dial. The crown is screw locking, which makes it quite solid and a pair of protective shoulders are there for extra protection. A scratch- resistant sapphire crystal is fitted to the case and a second one on the back showcases the mechanics of the movement, including the engraved rotor.

The applied, five-minute markers are made of steel, which lends some shine to the the dial and allows the watch to be dressed up when matched to one of the alternative crocodile style straps.

So far all good then and the watch looks like being a serious contender as the BeastWatch favourite Pilot Watch. However,

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