The new hand-wound Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer watch replica can easily serve both as a big wrist watch and as a small desk clock.
During the World War II, Hamilton supplied the U.S. Navy with its own marine chronometers that, as you probably know, were usually delivered in special wooden boxes that protected the clocks both from the elements and clumsy hands.
Established in 1892, this year the (formerly) American watchmaking brand Hamilton plans to celebrate its 120th year in business.
Although around 40 years ago the brand was purchased by a Swiss consortium and since then makes its best quality replica Hamilton watches in Switzerland, the company doesn’t want to forget its American roots.
As the watchmaking brand puts it in its press release, the watch is powered the well-known ETA/Unitas 6498 hand-wound movement, which is known for its robustness and reliability.
Crafted from Hevea wood (also known as rubberwood, since it is one of natural sources of latex) the box is equipped with a specially modified winding system that allows you to wind-up the watch without taking it off.
I must also admit that the presentation box looks good enough to sit on a desk even in a well-furnished study, although, judging by the photos, this is definitely not a work of art.The new Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer model not only tries to mimic the design of war-time deck watches with its blued hands, easy to read Arabic numerals, the signature railway-style minute track and the inevitable running seconds indicator at 6 o’clock, but also comes in a stylized presentation box.
You have probably already guessed, the steel Hamilton replica watch will be issued as a limited edition model with a total run of just 1892 numbered pieces.