Foundation of Hamilton Lancaster, Pennsylania / US
The first series of pocket watches earned the title of
“The watch of Railroad accuracy”. During that period
accidents were all too common due to the fact
that various railroads worked with over 50
different “times” – so Hamilton set out to deliver
accurate watches to the railroad community.
Hamilton gained the prestigious rank of supplier to the US Armed Forces.
The introduction of the Piping Rock and Yankee watch confirmed the Hamilton leadership in American style.
During World War II, Hamilton stopped production of watches for consumers to concentrate on the huge task of providing the forces with a total of one million timepieces.
The Hamilton marine chronometers developed in the 1940s were the first to be created by modern manufacturing. Chronometers were vital naval equipment for calculating longitude and plotting location and direction and were used by the US Navy as an alternative to radio to find position. They represented vital military equipment, since radio time signals could be intercepted and falsified by the enemy.
During the course of the war Hamilton produced 10,902 marine chronometers that met the toughest demands for accuracy and reliability, as the only company with the capability to provide this support, managing to develop and produce these in a little over a year. The company’s efforts were rewarded in 1943 with a US Army-Navy “E” Award, presented for excellence in production of military equipment.
A true story, this film portrayed heroic US naval divers during World War II as they prepared safe landings for supplies and troops on hostile shores.
First movie appearance in the Oscar-nominated movie “The Frogmen”.
The VENTURA, revolutionary technology in a revolutionary design.
Hamilton introduces the world’s first electric watch:
Hot on Presley’s footsteps was Stanley Kubrick who approached the
American brand in 1966 to make unique timepieces for his new, futuristic film,
2001: A Space Odyssey. The Hamilton design team provided him with a wristwatch and a desk clock that fit the bill perfectly.
In 1961 Elvis Presley wore his Ventura in the film “Blue Hawaii”.
The world’s first LED digital watch started measuring time - made by Hamilton.
The Pan Europ
Hamilton launches one of the first automatic chronographs:
La marque Hamilton est vendue au SSIH (ancien nom du Swatch Group)
16 Mai 1974.
Old favourites like the Boulton, Ardmore, Wilshire and Ventura fuelled and led an industry-wide trend of classic watches.
A revival in the 80s saw the reintroduction of classic Hamilton designs from the 1920s through to the 1960s.
Lethal Weapon 4, Fight Club, Independence Day, The Talented Mr. Ripley and You’ve Got Mail.
The special Hamilton/Hollywood relationship continued with roles in such films as Men in Black,
Transfer of the Hamilton production as well as of the headquarter from U.S. to Biel in Switzerland.
Hamilton joins leading aerobatic pilot, Nicolas Ivanoff, in the cockpit – at least in a partnership sense. As an official Hamilton ambassador Nicolas Ivanoff is taking to the skies in a Hamilton-branded Edge 540.
Upon seeing the enormous work carried out behind the scenes, Hamilton decided to honor all those who play a key role in make movies successful. Each year, Hamilton hosts the Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards in Hollywood.
Hamilton is the official timekeeper of EAA AirVenture. For one week each summer, more than 500,000 EAA members and aviation enthusiasts from more than 60 countries come together at this event at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Cooperation with various squadrons in South Africa, Canada, Korea, Spain and in Russia also contribute to securing Hamiltons status as the favorite watch of pilots.
Hamilton has developed a new pilot watch, the Khaki Flight Timer, in close collaboration with Air Zermatt, the prestigious transport and rescue helicopter company. The watch integrates a dedicated pilots’ logbook to record details of up to 20 flights. Its launch marks the signing of an official partnership between the two aviation pioneers.
The watches combine a strong American spirit with the
precision of the latest Swiss movements and technology.
Hamilton is established as one of the leading brands in the world in the price range from 500 to 1500 euros, with a proven reputation for
creating elegant, unique and reliable watches.