|Swiss Army Hunter Watches - Mach 1, Mach 3 and Mach 2|
Shared Traits of the Swiss Army Hunters
|Mach 1, Mach 2 and Mach 3 Swiss Army Hunter watches are awesome.|
|Swiss Army Hunter watches wear like heavy armor bracelets and are wonderful.|
|Swiss Army Hunter Mach 3 and Mach 2 on metal bracelets. The barrel shape of the case is unmistakable.|
The deployment clasp is integrated into the band so the illusion of a continuos bracelet is created. There are 2 known variations of the locking section as seen on the comparison below.
|Swiss Army Hunter deployment clasp variations|
|The plastic insert in the hybrid bracelet can break if bent too far.|
|The plastic insert on some hybrid watch bands|
|This surface blemish will quickly disappear with a Scotchbrite pad|
|A plastic frame is held on by 4 screws and surrounds the matte black dial.|
|There is nothing else exactly like the Swiss Army Hunter watches.|
|Victorinox Swiss Army Hunter Mach 1. The white date window replaces 3 o'clock. Clever.|
The Swiss Army Hunter Mach 2 - A Very Special Chronograph
I'm not gonna lie. I think this is one of the coolest watches ever produced. I once took this to an event featuring Sinn watches, and guys wearing more pricey watches were asking questions about this. They were intrigued, and you may be too once you see what it does.
Swiss Army Hunter Mach 2 on a metal and plastic hybrid bracelet. The crown is not screwed down here.
I understand that the movement in this watch is the same one in many high-end brands such as Breitling, and has three unique time measuring features including:
- a normal 30-minute chronograph
- a fly back chronograph
- a rattrapante (double chronograph) minute measuring chronograph.
A normal chronograph measures time like a stopwatch for up to 30 minutes as seen on the 10 o'clock subdial. The normal chronograph uses the two righthand pushers to start stop and reset the stopwatch. The top button starts and stops the stopwatch. If stopped, the bottom pusher will reset the chronograph.
|The Swiss Army Hunter Mach 2 is highly legible|
Compared to the normal chronograph function of starting the chronograph, stopping the chronograph, resetting the chronograph, and restarting the chronograph, the flyback does all those things in a single efficient push of the lower button without losing time. Depending on when the flyback button is pushed, the resetting seconds hand will either land on the first or second tick mark depending on how long the hand takes to sweep across the dial. This is clever, and it will maintain an accurate amount of time from the restart point.
|The striped yellow hand appears in rattrapante mode and looks like ejection seat handles.|
Swiss Army Hunter Mach 3 - Making an Omega for the Common Man
|Swiss Army Hunter Mach 3|
|The hockey puck sized Omega Z-33 Spacemaster. Photo by Omega|
|Omega X-33 Skywalker. Photo by Omega|
I am only mentioning these models to get the obvious out of the way. There are similarities in the design of the Omega analog-digital watches and the Swiss Army Hunter Mach 3. In fact, practically any other analog-digital watch might have some of the same features. Now consider that the Omega "33" models can cost over $6,000+ new and well over $3,000+ used, and that the Swiss Army Hunter Mach 3 can be practically stolen for a few hundred dollars on the used market. The sheer economics make the Hunter an attractive value for the money.
|The adjustable digital display behind analog hands|
The Swiss Army Hunter Mach 3 has many of the same functions as the higher priced Omegas including 2 time zones, date, alarms, timer, chronograph and a cool greenish blue backlight... and it is only 12mm thick for us non-bodybuilder types.
|The backlight of a Swiss Army Hunter Mach 3|
|Extra information is digitally displayed behind the hands.|
I will write anther blog on the functions of this final version of the watch, so I'll just say, the Hunter Mach 3 is a satisfying watch to wear and looks more expensive than it costs. If it was good enough for Mark Sinclair Vincent, a.k.a. Vin Diesel, then it might be something to check out for yourself.
|Ehhh... I'm a cool guy right? You know it...|
Where did the Hunter name come from?
There is a bit of a mystery about the use of the name "Hunter". Clearly, this watch is inspired by aviation and not something like duck hunting. The clean dials, functionality, legibility, aviation design winks, special chronograph functions and later digital functions point squarely at the biggest hunter of all... jet fighters.
|Swiss Airforce Hawker Hunter Attack Fighter. Photo: Wikipedia|
Speaking of hunters, I have 2 squirrel hunters looking at me right now. It is getting hard to write anything else under the weight of their stares... so I must take them walking.
|Canine squirrel hunters and my Swiss Army Hunter watches -generations 1, 2 and 3|