The history of Hamilton watches

Hamilton watches

The Hamilton brand was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, in the heart of Pennsylvania. In the 1910s, train accidents were very common due to the existence of 50 different time zones, and watchmaker problems ensued. In order to provide for the railroad community, Hamilton created highly accurate pocket watches, which would emerge in 1912 and begin to build its reputation. As a result of its famous pocket watches, in 1914 Hamilton was named the "Official Provider of the American Armed Forces."

In 1928, the Piping Rock watch was introduced, better known by the name "Yankee watch," and it established Hamilton in American fashion.

Hamilton stopped commercial production during the second world war in order to fully devote itself to the needs of the U.S. Army. Indeed, chronometers are essential for the army to determine a geographic position and calculate a direction. Also, they are used as an alternative to radio, because its signals can be intercepted by the enemy. Hamilton chronographs had a vital function during the war, and more than 10,000 stopwatches would be produced then, because Hamilton was the only company to be able to develop and produce these chronometers in a year. Hamilton was awarded in 1943 for its efforts during the war.

In 1951, Hamilton chronometers appeared for the first time in movies, in the film "The Frogmen." This film marks the beginning of a long love story between Hamilton and cinema.

In 1957, Hamilton sold the first electric watch in the world: the Ventura, which would be worn by Elvis Presley in the 1961 movie "Blue Hawaii."

In 1970, the first digital watch with an LED display was born. It was called the Pulsar. The following year was the Pan Europ watch, one of the first automatic chronographs to be marketed.

In 1980, classic models made a return to fashion, and Hamilton reintroduced templates created from 1920 to 1960, like the Boulton, the Ventura, the Wilshire, and the Ardmore.

Beginning in 2003, Hamilton watches carry the Swiss Made label following the transfer of the production from the United States to Switzerland. Today, Hamilton watches are owned by many collectors around the world. These watches combine both Swiss precision and the American spirit in their design, to the delight of collectors.

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