The HMT Pilot Black Dial was and continues to be one of the coveted mechanical watches from the HMT stable. I had written about my father’s 40 year-old HMT Pilot and the ‘influential’ way in which he managed to get hold of it in a previous post (http://www.jaisiri.blogspot.in/2014/10/my-fathers-hmt-pilot-black-dial-c-1973.html). My youngest brother, Ganu, had retrieved it from my father’s old items’ box and got it serviced and gave it to me when he heard that I had got into yet another hobby. Of course, now that I have managed to infect him a little with the HMT-watch virus, he must be regretting giving it to me. That was a proud watch for me. A real vintage watch. I felt nice wearing it. The Pilot kept going and there never seemed to enough of it going around for all those seekers. The current Pilot models are different from the one that my father bought. I have also mentioned the differences in that post. I thought it would be nice to have a ‘modern’ Pilot, but I couldn’t find them anywhere in any of the showrooms and Hari said he’d try.
|My Appa's Pilot|
|The White Knight ... notice the exquisite blue hands and green dots near the 4 numerals |
. . . and the font . . .
|The New Black-dial Pilot . . .|
|The Maroon & The Saffron . . .|
|The Yellow Fellow . . .|
|The Arabic Pilot . . .|
Anyway, these are the Pilots that I have . . .
. . . and then he told me that HMT made seven colour dial Pilots and sent me a link . . . one for each day of the week, he said . . . wow . . . and he had all of them . . . more wow . . . so, here are all of them . . . all these belong to Hari, including the photo . . .
I need three more colours to complete the rainbow . . . I don’t know if HMT would put them online . . . but I am hoping that they would do in the near future . . . the blue especially looks very very tempting . . .
I know this is a madcap ride . . . but can’t help it . . .