On this July 4th, US watch brand Hemel announced their new partnership with the United States Air Force.
Hemel’s HFT20 meca-quartz chronograph has been the brand’s flagship time piece since it hit the market in 2017 and will lead the way for this special USAF collaboration. This watch is a reinvention of the mid-century chronographs issued to military pilots in an iconic form factor shaped out of 316L brushed stainless steel.
The Special Edition Hemel x USAF HFT20 is offered in a choice of four case backs. The first form has at its center an advanced pilot helmet flanked by two lightning bolts.
The second version features a flying F22 Raptor in silhouette.
The next variation of the case back declares the Air Force’s mission objectives in Air, Space and Cyberspace within the backdrop of a constellation of stars and interconnected points which also form the silhouette of a jet.
The final form is the Air Force’s declaration of its ethos by assembling words that describe the characteristics, spirit and culture shared by US Air Force personnel arranged in a square engraved into the steel of the case back.
A Special Edition Thunderbirds case back is due later this year. The Thunderbirds are the air demonstration squadron of the US Air Force. The Thunderbirds tour the world performing precision aerial maneuvers and tightly synchronized aerial formations demonstrating American skill and air power. The squadron’s name is taken from a powerful spirit in the form of a bird that appears in the history of several indigenous North American cultures.
As with all Hemel watches, the case employs short, downward curved lugs for greater comfort among more wrists. The flat sapphire crystal is anti-reflective coated and the signed crown is diamond shaped for greater ease of operation particularly with gloved hands.
Dressed in a 42 mm diameter stainless steel case, the watch features a 120 click uni-directional rotating bezel with ceramic insert. Both the dials and the diamond cut steel hands along with the bezel are embedded with Superluminova C3. The case back includes the watch’s specifications in an outer perimeter around the creative graphic design work. The straps are all hand crafted from Italian leather.
Collection: HEMEL x USAF
Reference HFUSAF1 series
Diameter: 42 mm
Material: 316L stainless steel
Case back: Screw-down, Engraved
Lug width: 20 mm
Lug to lug: 49 mm
Crown: Signed, push / pull
Front crystal: Flat sapphire, A/R coated
Water resistance: 100 meters
Bezel: Ceramic, rotating, 120 click, C3 lumed
Meca Quartz movement: Hybrid quartz w/geared module
Caliber Seiko VK64
Sweeping second hand
4 ticks per second
Color: Matte black
Paint: Superluminova c3