Monday, March 23, 2009

Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Limited Edition

As I promised, here is the review of the Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Limited Edition. This is one of the few limited edition watches that I have, so I'm very proud of it.
For the Swatch group (which Hamilton belong's to) it's positioned as a medium range brand in their scale of valors.
For me it could be positioned further above than medium. It's true that it's case isn't elaborate with precious materials, but it's the only feature of the watch that I would think why they don't consider it a higher level range.

The machinery of the X-Wind is a Valijoux 7750 which is a common machine for top end chronographs. It has two rotating bezels in the interior which enables you to calculate the cross wind. If I have to tell you the truth, I don't know how to do it, and as I'm not a pilot, it will have to wait in my list of things to learn, I have other priorities...
The level of detail of the watch is incredible, when I first saw it in the display of the retailer I knew that it had to be mine. I love the contrast of the orange graphics on top of the black. It's legibility is nearly perfect. As far as I have seen, this is one of the best chronographs in that aspect, even it's superior to some diver's chornographs.
The lume is ok, it could be much better. The way I would improve it is applying the lume material to the numbers indicating the hours. By now it has lume on the dots that are just beside the hour numbers.
When your eyes get used to the dark you can read the hour perfectly, but just until then, if you do a quick change of light, forget it.
The rubber strap with it's unique orange stitching is very comfortable and I think that matches the watch perfectly. If they did a leather strap as the other X-Winds but with black metallic clasp and rivets it would also be great.
The back case has on the half of it a diagram which I supose is the angles that the plane can achieve when landing or something similar. The other half you can see the machinery through a saphire glass.
Well, hope that you enjoyed the review, if you hae some questions don't hesitate to ask.