Hamilton 1937 attempts airline approved pilot's w.w.

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    #1 artbissell, Apr 6, 2017
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    Unlike their success with r.r. applications specially controlled, tested and approved watches, commercial aircraft pilots had constant communication with controllers so less need for watch performance and reliability. So little success for this 1937 ad. At age 19 I was USAF technician 1950 with FCC 1st class broadcast eng. license responsible for maintenance of first in U.S. ILS and control tower communications equipment at Mitchel, A.F.Base, L.I. N.Y. had 1926 antique low frequency transmitter for the beam and up to date UHF markers. Actually used, as mentioned in ad, a Lockheed Electra loaded with antennas, as in recent photo here, of a 1943 as system tester. It was also used for sustaining flight qualifications of pilots, etc. So no need ever in my experience for transport pilot's personal precision timing. artbissell

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    I was expecting someone to comment that a good watch with the pilot could be useful however in emergency situations. Aircraft electrical failure, and in areas in s. Pacific and n. Atlantic 1930-50 without good communications. Cruising speed I experienced 1953 in C47 across 3000+ miles of Pacific was 140 mph. art
     
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    First, they are great looking watches!

    And to your point, I would think any professional Pilot would
    want an accurate time piece for all the reasons you mention.


    Rob
     
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    I certainly think that it was a great marketing pivot by Hamilton. If it worked, it could have been a very lucrative strategy. I'm guessing that it was nearly successful. Thanks for sharing. Cheers.
     
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    Art,

    You've had an interesting life. However, Mr. Weems and his invention for navigation (as I have recently learned) would likely disagree with you about this just being "marketing" ploy. In fact, as I understand it, the Jardur watch brand was marketed almost exclusively to pilots (per B. Shawkey's article in the NAWCC).
     
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    Certainly many reasons for general aviation pilots to have a good watch. S. Pacific Island hopping at a 140 mph airspeed against a stiff headwind can be 80 mph and empty gas tanks art.
     
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