Ever heard of the term Mil-Spec? What is Mil-Spec?
The term Mil-Spec is one that has long been linked with watches. Mil-Spec refers to the “military specification” or “military standard” that instruments or devices must meet in order to be supplied to the armed forces.
Hamilton Watch Company for example, was a supplier of timepieces and instruments to the US Military and its allies from 1917 to 1989, according to the article Repurposed Military Watch – Origins of the Hamilton Khaki on www.vintage-hamilton-wristwatches.com.
Hamilton supplied pocket watches, wristwatches, marine chronometers, aviation equipment and instrumentation. It was the soldiers that gave Hamilton the “khaki” nickname.
The Hamilton Endicott case, from what we understand, was adapted for use in the military timepieces. Among the last models Hamilton made for the military was one housing the ETA 2801 movement.
In the movie Independence Day: Resurgence, Liam Hemsworth, who plays ace space pilot, Jake Morrison, sports the Hamilton Khaki X-Wind chronograph, a watch for adventure and one supporting its military heritage, states the brand.
We agree and knowing how the “Khaki” name came from because of its military legacy, Hamilton is an apt choice.
Other actors sporting Hamilton watches in the movie include Bill Pullman (playing former President Whitmore) with a Thinomatic, Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson) with a Jazzmaster automatic with GMT and James A. Woods (Lt Ritter) with a Khaki Pilot Automatic Chronograph.
Interestingly, the movie, a sequel to Independence Day which was launched 20 years ago in 1996, is also set 20 years later after the first alien invasion.
Other related articles on www.timewerke.com that may be of interest:
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ii. Hamilton’s Ventura 80 Elvis: Fit for Kings and Queens