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Stylish Hamilton Pilot Watch- Khaki Day Date Watch

Hamilton Khaki Pilot watch

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The Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date is a large and easy to read watch. The silver background is quite stunning. The brushed silver has an almost pearlescent quality. The inner index has painted hour numbers with 30 and 15 minute dashes. These are in a relatively small type face, but are easy enough to read. The primary index uses raised numbers indicating the seconds/minutes.

The numbers are raised about a millimeter off of the silver background and finished with a serrated/aggressive brushed finish giving these indicators plenty of contrast compared to the silver background. These raised minute/second indicators really make this watch special. The day and date indicators are black text on a white background and are cut into the primary and secondary indexes at the 12 and 6 positions. At the 12 position is the prerequisite pilot’s triangle indicator without looking compressed. The outer index has tick marks for the minutes and seconds, which I believe are painted onto the silver background. front of  the Hamilton Khaki Pilot watch The hands complement the pilot watch and reach deep into the face making total use of the space provided. The hour hand is skeletonized at the tip allowing an easy view of the date window and inner hour index indicators, and the body of the hand is filled with a generous portion of Superluminova. The minute hand is skeletonized in the body of the hand, with the tip filled with Superluminova. The second hand is a long arrow with no luminant applied. All of the hands have a brushed steel finish. Note the picture of the lume and the lack of application on the outer index. The luminant works well and after many hours on my nightstand I am still able to make out the time, though, a bit of lumination at the 12 position would be helpful for orientation in low light conditions.front of  the Hamilton Khaki Pilot watch 02The stainless steel case measures 42mm wide not counting the crown, and the watch band lug width is 20mm. From lug to lug, I measure this case at 49 mm in length. The case and crystal together are about 11mm thick. The case features a mix of brushed and polished finishes offering a nice level of contrast between the two. After a week of daily wearing, I do not see a single scratch on a polished surface, so I believe Hamilton got this mix right with the brushed surfaces in places that see more wear. The crown measures 6 x 3mm and the crown guards do an excellent job of protecting the crown while still allowing easy access to adjust the time. The watch has a display back case that is a pry-off design with four screws for security. The crystal is sapphire with a slight dome. The crystal’s dome is so slight that it probably does not rise more than a half a millimeter above the bezel.  The Hamilton Khaki pilot watch caseback 02
The watch has a ETA 2834-2 movement. Other than the Hamilton logo engraved on the rotor, there is nothing special about it. Plain Jane, but functional. After owning two variants of the day/date ETA movement, I have to say that I like the accuracy, the ability to hand wind, and the snappiness of the day/date indicator changes exactly at midnight. The advertised 40 hour reserve is fine for a daily wear watch, but if you are like me and take your watch off on the weekend, then you will have to wind and set the watch again on Monday.

An interesting and unexpected feature was the “H” buckle used on the strap. The “H” buckle design both looks sharp and works well on this strap. Sizing the watch is easily done, even with the double row perforation on the strap.the top of the “H” always slides right in. The strap offers quite a bit of adjustment, and should fit wrists 6 1/4 to 7 3/4 of an inch. For comparison, my wrist measures 6 3/4 of an inch.

At 42mm in width, Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date watch is a large watch.