Partnerships between watch companies and projects, companies or people outside the industry are not uncommon. And while some might be opportunistic at best and can feel like a bit of an odd fit between the various parties involved, some do make a lot of sense. One of the more surprising yet somehow logical connections is Hamilton, partnering with scientific and technical laboratory Syroco. This French company was built upon a chance encounter between a world-champion athlete, several entrepreneurs and a navel architect and racing boat designer. And of course, Hamilton has used the solid Khaki Navy Scuba for a fitting special edition.
Syroco aims to enable players in the transport and energy industries to meet economic and environmental challenges faced around the world through pioneering achievements and groundbreaking technology. One of the projects is to break the world sailing speed record with a high-tech creation suspended and pulled along by a big kite. The aerodynamic shape of the “boat” is meant to cut through the air and sail across the waves with a big stabilizing fin. The goal is to break 150 kilometres per hour, which is very, very fast on water!
The Hamilton x Syroco Khaki Navy Scuba Special Edition built for the occasion uses the 40mm platform of the Khaki Navy Scuba. This comes in a brushed stainless steel case topped with a polished unidirectional bezel. The bezel insert is done in two-tone silver and blue and has a diving scale on it. The sapphire crystal comes with an anti-reflective coating on the inside. Around the back, a solid caseback protects the movement. The screw-down crown ensures a water resistance of 100 meters.
The blue dial has a grained texture and comes with quite a few nice details. First up are the large applied hour indices, filled with white Super-LumiNova. The outer minute track is done in contrasting orange, a colour that is repeated by the central seconds hand (with a luminous tip). The central hour and minute hand are nickeled and filled with Super-LumiNova as well. The final touches to the dial are a sort-of crosshair decoration in white, replacing the original 24-hour scale, and the bevelled date window at 04:30.
Inside ticks the Hamilton H-10 automatic movement, which we know from its bigger brother and several other Hamilton watches as well. This movement base is shared across the Swatch Group as the Powermatic 80 calibre, which comes with an extended power reserve of 80 hours. Other upgrades over the ETA 2824 it is originally based on, include an anti-magnetic Nivachron balance spring and a revised kinetic chain.
The Hamilton x Syroco Khaki Navy Scuba Special Edition is worn on a profiled blue rubber strap with a stainless steel pin buckle. There’s no mention of any form of limitation, it comes in at CHF 775 / EUR 825 / USD 745.