Hamilton is a brand that needs no introduction. One of the most well known military/pilot/Americana based watch brands, they have a large catalog of watches that are fun, functional and value driven. One of the interesting aspects of the Hamilton brand is their on-going relationship with Hollywood. Nearly every year, at least one blockbuster film with feature a Hamilton watch on a leading character. Sometimes they are just worn through out the movie, and other times they play a pivotal role. No film better exemplifies the latter than 2014’s Interstellar, where the watch is actually one of the most important objects in the film.
This summer (2016) Hamilton has not one, but actually four watches in Independence Day: Resurgence. I happen to find this relationship particularly exciting as I, and I’m sure many of you, really loved the hell out of the first Independence Day. I can actually remember seeing it in the theaters when I was 12, and being blown away by it. The shadows coming over NYC, the dog-fights with space ships, the utter destruction, big explosions, alien monsters.. it was one of the most memorable theatre experiences I’ve had because, perhaps like the Matrix, it felt so new and big at the time.
Now, I’m excited to get back into that world, see the characters, etc… but also, look for their watches. In the movie, you will find the Pilot Auto Chrono, the Thin-O-Matic, the Jazzmaster GMT and, the watch we’re reviewing today, X-Wind Automatic Chronograph. Being the biggest, most aggressive of the four, you can imagine that it’s being worn by a pilot who is engaged in action in the film. In fact, it’s being worn by one of the headlining stars, Liam Helmsworth, as Jake Morrison.
Apart from being a movie star, the X-Wind is also a very interesting and different pilots chronograph. The name, pronounced cross-wind (not X), has a system of bezels that are used to calculate crosswinds and drift angles of planes. This is something a pilot would do, in flight, using various data at their disposal and the scales on the watch. To my knowledge, this is something only Hamilton makes. Additionally, it’s also an automatic chronograph, which takes no explanation, being powered by the H-21 movement. Coming in at $1,595, it’s also a good value for a new, Swiss-made, auto chrono that is available at retail.