Engineered For Those Who Fly Dragons
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 U-2 Dragon Lady. The three 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 U-2 is an unqualified success, bringing to the table all the visual clarity needed in whatever you are doing. The Hager U-2, is no ordinary watch it's a tactical wrist instrument that incorporates a number of features that were directly inspired by military pilots. However, this watch just isn’t for pilots. It’s also for those who love chronographs.
U-2 Dragon Lady Chronograph (Stainless)
Most of us avoid complications in our lives at all costs, but watch complications, enables us to track time, and air speed at the push of a button and helps us navigate our lives. The surest sign that a watch is meant to be used - as opposed to merely glanced at when you want to know the time- is the presence of those twin pushers above and below the crown that distinguishes it as a chronograph. Beating beneath the U-2's 41mm sleek case is a Seiko VK64 movement with a date window at 6 o'clock, a 60-minute counter at 9 o'clock, and a 24-hour counter at 3 o'clock. The red tachymeter airplane shaped hand allows the wearer to measure ground speed over a known distance. The hour and minute subdials are slightly inset and are located at the 6 and 9 o'clock position to help pilots' measure the elapsed time when they are flying through different time zones. The caseback features a custom color imprinted caseback with the U-2 insignia. So whether you fly a dragon or push papers, the U-2 chronograph is a stylish watch that suits any need.
Please take a minute before you look at the Technical Data below and visit the Roadrunners Internationale website to learn more about the extraordinary people who, along with the genius of Kelly Johnson, are behind this technological marvel that is amazingly still being flown today by the USAF, NASA and Lockheed Martin. Up until recently this group has remained in the shadows due to the classified nature of the platforms they flew and supported. They met every year in secrecy in hotels in Las Vegas to remember those they have lost over the years and the platforms and programs they supported. This November the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame will recognize the U-2 program, several CIA U-2 pilots and 14 CIA, Air Force, Lockheed, and Hycon personnel who were killed in a C-54 crash while en-route to the U-2 program at Area 51 in 1955. We plan to recognize one of the pilots prior to his induction. We take great pride in knowing these Cold Warriors. Want to know more about these programs check out The Angels- Book 1 The CIA Area 51 Chronicles by TD Barnes Also check out CIA’s Study of Intelligence article titled “The CIA and the U-2 Program, 1954-1974”.
Caliber: Seiko VK64 Hybrid Chronograph movement that combines technologies found in quartz and mechanical movements.
Functions: Quick correction of day and date, hours, minutes and Tachymeter hand that doubles as a second hand, date display at 6 o’clock. Chronograph: 60-min timer at 9 o’clock, 24-hour counter at 6 o'clock.
Total Diameter: 13.5 linge (30.80mm x 29.10mm)
Accuracy: +/-1 second a day, less than +/- 20 seconds per month at normal temps. Requires watch cell 394 (SR936SW). The battery life is about 3 years with normal operation.
Material: 316L Marine grade stainless steel
Height: 16mm to top of the crystal
Length: 51mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 22mm
Finish: Brushed with polished sides and beveled edges
Water Resistance: 200m/660ft
Case Back: Solid steel screwed
Crystal: Domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Dial: Black dial with faceted hour markers
Bezel: Tachometer scale engraved on the metal bezel to enhance the legibility of the dial
Hands: luminance baton hour hands and tachymeter aircraft shaped hand
Crown: Recessed screw-down signed with company logo
Bracelet: Stainless Steel with brushed links, two button clasp and slide lock extension.