Yes, I promised, I know. I would write a part about the 2 watches I’ve shown you so often on Instagram already. The Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono. (Press here)
If you visit the website from Hamilton itself for this watch they tell you its the watch that every pilot needs in a timepiece. Well, they are sort of right. The Khaki line from Hamilton is a typical aviation watch with big numbers so it is easy to read even when your plane is shaking and bumping around in turbulences but honestly who is checking his watch if you are in heavy turbulence? You are rater be busy flying the damn plane.
For me some other parts are more important, I wear this watch now for half a year during flying and on a normal day, you put away your watch a few times because of customs clearance. So it is important that the watch and the leather strap are from good quality. Like I said, after 6 months my watch still looks as new and has seen bad weather and my sweaty wrist. Let’s talk a bit more about the technical parts of the watch and how I use it in aviation.
In modern aviation, you still need a watch, I look down on my watch always even to crosscheck the GPS clocks on the plane, that time is pick up from the hotel etc etc. As we are flying modern planes I personally don’t use half of the functions on this watch like the crosswind and drift angle calculator that is on the watch but the stopwatch I use and the date indicator even more. When I start my duties I almost never know what date it is so that handy for me. If you really want to read the manual of how this crosswind calculator etc works? (press here)
Ever since I have the watch I never had to adjust the time because of any error. This watch is precise, really precise. I’ve had a few automatic watches but this one stays precise for a very long time. If you don’t wear it the power reserve of this watch is 60 hours so you don’t have to worry that much. I wear my watch every day so it never runs out of the 60-hour reserve that it has.
What else can I tell you about it? Surely this watch is waterproof till 10bar/100meters and the case is made from stainless steel. It is a bit heavy but again it’s also a very solid watch, I hit my watch quite sometimes in and around the plane but not a single scratch. I had a watch before that I’ve hit less hard than with this one and it was completely damaged so I can not say anything else but this watch is made really good, it survives me. If you are not sure if a leather band is something for you just ask your jeweler to order a metal band.
If you want to know more about my watches read the blog I did about them earlier: (press here)