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.