The Hamilton Khaki Aviation Collection at Banks Lyon

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Hamilton has a long and rich heritage in cinema and the military and is known for creating watches that are unique and innovative as well as precise and technologically advanced. The brand’s focus on these values allowed it to become one of the biggest watchmaker names in the industry since its inception in 1983 in the USA.

Today, Hamilton is part of the Swatch Group and continue to deliver durable, one-of-a-kind timepieces for wearers all over the world. The brand’s collections, including the Hamilton Khaki Aviation watches, are perfect for all tastes, whether you’re looking for a sportier piece or a design that captures the American spirit.

Hamilton: American Spirit, Swiss Precision

Hamilton was founded in Pennsylvania, USA, but is now a Swiss manufacturer in Bienne, Switzerland. The brand only made two movements in the first 15 years and its first creation was a 17-jewel pocket watch. The first wristwatch was launched in 1917.

The Hamilton name gained traction in the early days of the American railroads, as the watchmaker crafted pieces that helped prevent accidents and synchronise timings. In World War I, Hamilton made watches for the US Airmail service and, in World War II, the company only manufactured watches for the military.

Having moved to Switzerland in 1969, Hamilton manufactures pieces that are precise and innovative, and which have appeared in more than 450 Hollywood films (including Kubrik’s 2001: Space Odyssey and Interstellar). The brand is also responsible for a lot of firsts in the horological world, such as the first LED digital watch, which was created in 1970.

Whether you’re looking for automatic, mechanic or quartz watches, Hamilton delivers. Their vast range of watches are suitable for everyone and for every occasion, so you can take your watch with you no matter where you go.

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Collection

As Hamilton puts it, “adventures meets accuracy” with their pilot watches.

The company’s connection to aviation is strong and they continue to develop this relationship with every pilot watch they manufacture. This prestigious heritage has made Hamilton a name brand for reliable, accurate watches, from GMT pieces to chronographs.

While the Khaki Aviation range is made with professional pilots in mind, it’s also suitable for men or women looking for an outdoor companion piece. Hamilton watches are versatile and stylish, with a modern appeal that attracts fans from different backgrounds.

The family of watches dates back to 1918, when Hamilton began manufacturing watches and instruments for pilots. In 1944, they created the H-37500 Elapsed Time Clock to be used in the F-4U Corsair aircraft; the watch displayed the date, could serve as a stopwatch, tracked elapsed time and, overall, helped pilots to keep accurate times.

Hamilton has also made around 40,000 wristwatches for the British military in the 60s and 70s.

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Watches

The collection remains one of the brand’s most popular, especially because of its vast history and focus on precision and sturdy design. At Banks Lyon, you can choose from a selection of Khaki Aviation piece that are modern, accurate and high performance, so take a look at some of the pieces we stock at our stores.

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Chrono Watch

This sophisticated watch is inspired by military aviation design typical of the 70s – despite this, the piece is undeniably modern and technical. The precise quartz movement of this Chrono watch ensures that you always get your timings right, whether you’re exploring the outdoors or in an office meeting.

This movement is housed in a 41mm stainless-steel case and protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. It also has a chronograph complication and is water-resistant up to 100 metres.

The piece is not just reliable and sturdy, but it also pays homage to its aviation roots, so, if you’re looking for a pilot watch at a great price, this watch is a fantastic option.

The Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Chrono watch can be purchased for £575 or from £8.63 per month at 0% finance.

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Watch

This is a piece that reinterprets the vintage military watch Hamilton manufactured for the British Royal Air Force in 1973. This mechanical watch comes with a uniquely shaped 33mm stainless-steel case that contrasts beautifully with the black dial that manages to look classic but with a modern twist.

The watch is powered by the H-50 handwinding movement with 80 hours of power reserve and is resistant to water up to 100 metres. The sturdy NATO strap further adds to the military appeal of the watch.

This Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Mechanical watch is available at Banks Lyon for £720 or from £10.80 per month at 0% finance.

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Auto 42mm Watch

This is a high-tech watch that shows Hamilton at its best. The advanced technology is a perfect complement to the sporty style of the piece, working together to create a sophisticated and precise watch you can take everywhere.

The 42mm case, as well as the bracelet, are made from stainless steel, and the H-10 automatic movement with 80-hour power reserve is protected by sapphire crystal. The bi-directional, rotating slide-rule bezel, combined with the anti-magnetic hairspring alloy NivachronTM, ensures this sleek watch is perfect for both professional pilots and outdoor enthusiasts.

You can purchase this Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Auto 42mm watch for £1,035 or from £15.53 per month at 0% finance.

We stock many luxury watches at Banks Lyon, so browse our website for more information on our products and the world-class brands that make them. From Hamilton and OMEGA to Bremont and Hublot, we have something for everyone.