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Skymaster

 
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Aviation Heritage

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Hager is proud to announce its partnership with the Roadrunners Internationale to bring a Limited Edition chronograph that commemorates the Roadrunners and the A-12 Oxcart program.  The Roadrunners Internationale is an association of former pilots, crew members, engineers, support personnel and government contractors who worked at Area 51 supporting the U-2,  A-12, YF-12 and SR-71 programs.

EYES AT 90,000 FEET

The A-12 Oxcart was the successor to the U-2 spy plane and precursor to the SR-71 Blackbird. Built by Lockheed Martin, the Oxcart was owned and operated by the CIA and represents a pioneering achievement in aeronautical engineering. To this day it holds records for speed and altitude (Mach 3.29 at 90,000 feet) for an air-breathing piloted jet aircraft.  

Only 500 pieces [250 Stainless Steel/250 Diamond Like Carbon (DLC)] of the Hager Skymaster A-12 Roadrunner L.E. will be made in this series this year.  Each watch will be numbered on the custom imprinted partial sapphire caseback (shown below) and on the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity to show its position within the run of 500.  The Skymaster will also come with a museum quality 1/72 scale die cast model, a poster of the A-12, a "Remove Before Flight" keychain, an A-12 Article 128 CIA coin and two Cygnus" patches.   A portion of the proceeds from each sale of this limited edition timepiece will be donated to the Roadrunners Association so they can continue to preserve the history and heritage of the U-2, A-12, YF-12 and SR-71.  To read more about the A-12 Oxcart and Project Archangel go to our Downloads page. 

The Pre-Sale for these timepieces will be limited.  The final day to reserve your timepiece will be 15 April 2016.  Timepieces will ship in July 2016.

Hager Skymaster L.E.  Stainless Steel Roadrunner

Pre-order price is $3,250 with a deposit of $1,625 with the remainder of the balance due prior to shipping (MSRP will be $3,750).

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Hager Skymaster DLC L.E. Roadrunner

Pre-order price is $3,525 with a deposit of $1,762.00 with the remainder of the balance due prior to shipping (MSRP will be $3,925).

Hager Skymaster L.E. Stainless Steel GMT Bezel

Pre-order price is $3,250 with a deposit of $1,625 with the remainder of the balance due prior to shipping (MSRP will be $3,750).

Hager Skymaster DLC L.E.           GMT Bezel

Pre-order price is $3,525 with a deposit of $1,762.00 with the remainder of the balance due prior to shipping (MSRP will be $3,925).

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Movement


Caliber: Dubois Depraz 2016 Exclusive Chronograph (fly-back)  movement

Functions: Quick correction of day and date, hours, minutes and Tachymeter hand that doubles as a second hand, date display at 3 o’clock.  Chronograph: 60-min timer at 9 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock. Tachymeter scale on the flange.

Total Diameter: 11.5 linge (25.6mm) 

Height: 7.9mm

Jewels: 62 Jewels

Power Reserve: 40 Hours
Beat Rate: 4Hz/28'800 vibrations per hour/ Novodiac Shock Absorber

Accuracy: -12/+20 seconds per day

Technical Data


Material: 316L Marine grade stainless steel or Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coated

Diameter: 44mm

Height: 16mm to top of the crystal

Length: 52mm lug to lug

Lug Width: 22mm

Finish: Brushed with polished sides and beveled edges

Water Resistance: 100m/330ft

Case Back: Solid steel screwed

Crystal: Domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment

Dial: Stadium dial with applied luminous indexes

Bezel: 24 click bi-directional 12-hour countdown bezel that can also be used as a GMT (second timezone)

Hands: Lumed Skeleton hands

Crown: Recessed screw-down signed with company logo

Bracelet: Stainless Steel with brushed and polished links with two button clasp and slide lock extension.

 

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What's it like to fly at Mach 3.29? We are glad you asked

 

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and nowhere is this expression more relevant than in aviation and the world of watches. The heritage of horology and aviation dates back to the pioneering days of aeronautical exploration.  It's relationship was born of practicality and utility, propelled by rapid achievements in aeronautics and the demand for hyper-efficient tools for navigation, calculations of speed, distance, fuel consumption, and timing, much like the A-12 Oxcart.  The 3 key elements of a pilot's watch, which must be emphasized to make it worthy of the name, are accuracy, legibility, and utility.  By those criteria, the Hager Skymaster is an unqualified success, bringing to the table all the visual clarity needed when you're pulling 9gs and flying Mach 3. 

"The Hager Skymaster A-12 Cygnus watch is the professional watch for the professional aviator... multifunctional, precise, handsome.  It has the classic look and feel of the triple-sonic A-12.  When wearing my watch, it captures a lot of attention." 

-COL Ken Collins, USAF (ret.) A-12 and SR 71 pilot

The Skymaster, is no ordinary watch it's a tactical wrist instrument that incorporates a number of features that were directly inspired by military pilots.  Even the attention to detail has attention to detail on it. The rotating 24-click 12-hour countdown/ alternate GMT luminous ceramic bezel clicks into place with absolute precision.  The ingenious effect of a double-beveled flange around the striking black dial provides depth to the circular applied hour markers, and highlights the tachymeter scale around the outer flange and subdials.  The markers, indices and skeleton hands beneath the anti-reflective sapphire crystal are treated with Super Luminova coating that makes the stadium dial highly legible in daylight and easy to read even at a quick glance, while its strong luminosity in the dark ensures continued readability and legibility.  

Beating beneath the Skymaster's 44mm sleek case is a Dubois Depraz 2016 proprietary movement with a date window at 3 o'clock, a 60 minute counter at9 o'clock, and a 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock.  The red tachymeter airplane shaped hand allows the wearer to measure ground speed over a known distance.  The hour and minute subdials located at the 6 and 9 o'clock position help pilots' measure the elapsed time when they are flying through different time zones.