One look at our test watch, the Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Day Date, tells us the time is 9:20 am. The watch’s blue dial with its sunburst pattern complements the slightly bluish-white color of the glacial mountains surrounding us. The Hamilton X-Wind is identifiable as a pilot’s watch thanks to its crisp numerals, distinctive hands, and sturdy rivets on the brown leather strap. The tip of the second-hand highlights Hamilton’s signature orange color. The Hamilton helmets of the Zermatt Air pilots are also the same orange color.
This is where the Hamilton best swiss replica watches comes into play. Its name, “X-Wind,” comes from the word “crosswind,” which can throw aircraft and helicopters off course and require a pilot response. The maximum angle can be calculated from a watch’s rotatable scale, and the crosswind size is estimated from a chart on the rotor blades.
Most of them stop only briefly at the helipad to refuel while the rotors are still running and to pick up new skiers or passengers for sightseeing flights. A specially equipped rescue helicopter is also on standby. And now an emergency call came in: a skier had fallen into a crevasse.
In this case, the injured person is not responding to the team’s call. Using a winch attached to a tripod, a rescuer descended into the narrow crevasse and began looking for the injured man. The rescuers soon found him and discovered that he was conscious and able to speak. Other members of the team now used the winch to lift the injured skier out of the crevasse. The paramedics on duty tended to him and accompanied him on his flight back to the heliport and then to the hospital. The man survived and is expected to recover thanks to a swift rescue. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief – because not all glacier crashes have a happy ending.
The rescue flight had to be flown not only in clear weather but also in the rain at night, so it was good to know that the 45 mm X-Wind Day Date has unique hands and dial, high contrast, and plenty of luminous material so it can be read quickly in any lighting conditions. And, as the many vintage replica tag heuer watches on the wrists of Zermatt Aviation pilots attest, these X-Winds also stand up to the tough daily life of helicopter flight operations.
Our final helicopter flight lifts off. Its destination. Geneva Airport. We glide past rocky peaks, over icy ridges, and alongside huge snow-covered mountains for the last time. We asked the pilot if he was used to such beautiful natural scenery if it seemed mundane and unexceptional at some point. He said, “No,” he said. No,” he said, “he enjoys it every moment, every year.