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TIMING HEROES

For more than 130 years

Pioneering, practical, precise: Hamilton uses a unique combination of Swiss precision and American spirit to create distinctive, versatile watches for aficionados and style conscious individuals alike.

Hamilton has a long history and has achieved numerous milestones, all of which have contributed to making Hamilton the strong, internationally renowned watch brand it is today.

Chapter 1

RAILROAD ACCURACY

1892

Hamilton was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and began producing pocket watches. Since its founding, quality and accuracy have been at the heart of its vision, and these principles have made Hamilton the internationally renowned watch brand it is today.

The railroad and locomotive forever changed the history of the United States. In the early days of American railroads, there was no common method of timing and accidents were frequent. The precision of Hamilton pocket watches helped solve this problem and our timepieces soon received the title: The Watch of Railroad Accuracy.

POCKET WATCH 936

Dating back to the early days of production in Lancaster where Hamilton was established, the pocket watch features a special movement that is adjusted to temperature, demonstrating Hamilton’s pioneering spirit since its inception.

POCKET WATCH 926

At the time this watch was made, Hamilton was just 14 years old and was establishing its reputation for accuracy. This was still prior to Hamilton’s work with railroad watches and, although it is not technically a railroad watch, the 926 fulfilled many of the later requirements to be classified as such.

POCKET WATCH 992

By the time this model was produced in 1920, Hamilton’s reputation as the watch of railroad accuracy had spread beyond the borders of the U.S. and the 992 model was selected by the U.S. government as the timekeeper of the American built railroads of France.


Chapter 2

MILITARY HERITAGE

When it comes to military history, the Hamilton story is one of absolute precision. It was the superior quality and accuracy of Hamilton’s early pocket watches, as well as the ability to innovate and act quickly while maintaining high standards that first caught the attention of the American military back in 1914. The same qualities kept Hamilton at the forefront of supply, earning five prestigious Army-Navy ‘E’ Awards for manufacturing excellence along the way.

Serving the military
for over 75 years


1917
Hamilton equipped hundreds of soldiers with timepieces reliable at all times during war. This prompted a shift in production from pocket watches to the more convenient wristwatch, a change that was here to stay.

1942
Hamilton stopped producing watches for consumers to focus on the enormous task of supplying the U.S. Armed Forces during WWII.

Between 1942-1945, Hamilton produced over one million timepieces including wristwatches and marine chronometers, even earning an Army-Navy E award for excellence in manufacturing.

Serving the military for over 75 years

Hamilton helped the Navy, not only by producing chronometers, but by designing and building a unique instrument for testing them. According to James W. Gibbs in Pennsylvania Clocks and Watches, "Hamilton's chronometers were so accurate that the testing procedures at the Naval Observatory were inadequate." Hamilton's Time Comparator permitted the dial error of a chronometer to be determined within 1/100th of a second per day.

MARINE CHRONOMETER MODEL 21

This precision chronometer was an essential navigation instrument for battleships and aircraft carriers. The Model 21 was more accurate than any other marine chronometer, keeping time to within half a second per day and easily within the Navy requirement of 1.55 seconds.

MILITARY WRIST WATCH - U.S. NAVY

In 1942, Hamilton halted consumer production to concentrate on supplying the military. This is one of the many watches made during that time.

MILITARY WRIST WATCH - GRADE II

These standard issue wristwatches were made for the military. Grade II refers to the accuracy requirements as specified by the
U.S. military.

MILITARY WRIST WATCH - CANTEEN

Featuring a special water-resistant case with a screw down crown guard, watches like these were supplied to U.S. Naval Divers during World War II. As well as its case, the watch relies on the lead solder that holds the crystal in place for its water resistance.

MILITARY WRIST WATCH - KHAKI FIELD

This military watch features the grade 649 movement with ‘hacking’ or stop second device which allows watches to be synchronized accurately.

MILITARY WRIST WATCH - BRITISH ARMED FORCES

In total, Hamilton produced almost 40,000 wristwatches for the British military between 1965 and 1976. Most of these watches featured a hack function for the precision synchronization needed during military operations.

MARINE CHRONOMETER MODEL 21

This precision chronometer was an essential navigation instrument for battleships and aircraft carriers. The Model 21 was more accurate than any other marine chronometer, keeping time to within half a second per day and easily within the Navy requirement of 1.55 seconds.

MILITARY WRIST WATCH - U.S. NAVY

In 1942, Hamilton halted consumer production to concentrate on supplying the military. This is one of the many watches made during that time.

MILITARY WRIST WATCH - GRADE II

These standard issue wristwatches were made for the military. Grade II refers to the accuracy requirements as specified by the
U.S. military.

MILITARY WRIST WATCH - CANTEEN

Featuring a special water-resistant case with a screw down crown guard, watches like these were supplied to U.S. Naval Divers during World War II. As well as its case, the watch relies on the lead solder that holds the crystal in place for its water resistance.

MILITARY WRIST WATCH - KHAKI FIELD

This military watch features the grade 649 movement with ‘hacking’ or stop second device which allows watches to be synchronized accurately.

MILITARY WRIST WATCH - BRITISH ARMED FORCES

In total, Hamilton produced almost 40,000 wristwatches for the British military between 1965 and 1976. Most of these watches featured a hack function for the precision synchronization needed during military operations.


Chapter 3

TIMING THE SKIES

More than a century ago, a Hamilton aeronautical watch accompanied the first U.S. Airmail service between Washington, D.C., and New York City. This was the beginning of our long history producing intsrumental timepieces for the flying community, and today we continue to fly on the wrists of pilots around the world.

1926
Admiral Richard E. Byrd became the first aviator to reach the North Pole, circling it for 13 minutes before returning to base. This pioneering 15 hour and 57 minutes flight was timed by a Hamilton watch.

1927
Pilot watches do a lot more than tell time and our technical advancements helped early aviators arrive safely on the first flight from California to Hawaii. These early aviators relied on the precision of Hamilton watches to make critical calculations of time, distance and direction as they navigated over the Pacific Ocean.

1930s
By now renowned for accuracy in flight, Hamilton was the official watch of the four major American commercial airlines of the day. Hamilton was also selected as the official timekeeper for the very first coast-to-coast service from New York to San Francisco.

Timing the skies

Partnering with the rescue heroes


2011
Hamilton became the official watch partner of Air Zermatt, the world-famous mountain rescue team. The pilots’ expertise has allowed us to develop timepieces that meet their needs in terms of design and functionality. We’ve had the privilege of providing these heroes with our most capable wristwatches to time their rescue missions.

2022
Hamilton announced its partnership with Air-Glaciers, a rescue team with a powerful dedication to honoring their duties in the mountains. Every second counts when the pilots and navigators are saving lives. Our dependable aviation watches assist the Air-Glaciers pilots in critical moments of rescue missions, ensuring precision timekeeping and reliability in flight.

Linked to the aeronautical world for more than a century, we’re honored to support the most famous sky heroes with our pilot watches integrated with proficient aviation functions and extraordinarily accurate navigation abilities.

Timing the skies

We are committed to championing the endeavors of those who think big and strive for more. Supporting game-changing innovation and standing along with pioneers that reinvent our mobility, Hamilton continues to forge the future with the partners that push the boundaries of what is possible.

Flying into the future with Smartflyer


In the world of aerospace, sustainability and efficiency can be game-changing. Together with smartflyer, a pioneer of sustainable, electric-powered air exploration, we are ready to take technology to new heights.

The partnership based on shared values such as a sense of adventure and a commitment to accuracy, aims at bringing the air travel to the next level with the SFX1, the hybrid-electric aircraft of tomorrow. At Hamilton, we are dedicated to timing the skies of today, tomorrow and beyond!

Flying into the future with Smartflyer
FLYING INTO THE FUTURE WITH SMARTFLYER

In the world of aerospace, sustainability and efficiency can be game-changing. Together with smartflyer, a pioneer of sustainable, electric-powered air exploration, we are ready to take technology to new heights. The partnership based on shared values such as a sense of adventure and a commitment to accuracy, aims at bringing the air travel to the next level with the SFX1, the hybrid-electric aircraft of tomorrow. At Hamilton, we are dedicated to timing the skies of today, tomorrow and beyond!

Smartflyer
BREAKING BARRIERS BETWEEN THE SKY AND THE SEA WITH SYROCO

With a shared passion for discovery and innovation, we support the groundbreaking technology startup Syroco, working together hand in hand towards a new speed sailing record. Named after the ferocious sirocco winds of the Saharan desert, Syroco is designing an innovative wind-powered vehicle with elements of both naval and aviation architecture with the ability to break the 80 knots speed barrier. Thanks to Syroco’s disruptive project, carbon-free transportation is no longer just a vision.

Smartflyer

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KHAKI CONVERTER AUTO CHRONO

Combining function and aviation aesthetics, the Khaki Aviation Converter Auto Chrono is equipped with a bi-directional, rotating slide-rule bezel to calculate critical conversions and metrics at a glance.

KHAKI PIONEER MECHANICAL CHRONO

With a distinct vintage military aviation design, the Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Chronograph brings back the form and function of the chronographs issued to British Royal Air Force pilots in the 1970s.

KHAKI X-WIND GMT CHRONO

Ready to take on the most turbulent skies, the Khaki Aviation X-Wind Chrono Quartz GMT is a high-performance pilot watch, featuring large Super-LumiNova® coated numerals and cockpit instrument style hands.


Chapter 4

SHAPING THE CHANGE

Game-changing innovation has been one of the pillars of Hamilton’s success with major developments appearing in the mid 20th century that changed the world of watchmaking forever.

Designing an icon


1957
A symbol of innovation and cutting-edge watchmaking, the Ventura changed the watch industry forever. When renowned American industrial designer Richard Arbib first sat down with a blank sheet of paper and was told by Hamilton to design whatever he wanted without regard for practicality, he could never have known that the very first sketch he made would become a 20th century icon that’s still turning heads more than 60 years later.

The world’s first electric watch, the Ventura created an instant sensation and revolutionized the world of watchmaking. Powered by an electromagnetic coil, it was a technological breakthrough, bridging the older world of mechanical watchmaking with that of the quartz movement that would emerge in the 1960s.

Four years later, the triangular-shaped Ventura appeared on the wrist of the global megastar Elvis Presley in his 1961 musical comedy, ‘Blue Hawaii’. Blessed with an immense talent that catapulted him to stardom, Elvis was the superstar of the Rock and Roll revolution whose shockwaves inspired a generation and made him a cultural icon.

Timing the skies

HAMILTON BOULTON

First introduced in the 1940s, the Hamilton Boulton is one of the most quintessential watches within the American Classic collection. Reinvented several times, the Boulton is a staple of Hamilton’s timekeeping legacy and the epitome of the Art Deco aesthetic.

CHRONO-MATIC A

Hamilton played a pivotal role in the invention of the Caliber 11, the first automatic chronograph movement and one of the biggest breakthroughs in the watchmaking history. The Chrono-Matic A is an early example of a sporty automatic chronograph with the Caliber 11 movement.

PULSAR P2

The world’s first digital watch, The Pulsar, changed the way we tell time. The result of three years of research, the revolutionary timepiece featured the display using red LEDs activated by a button on the side of its case.


Chapter 5

THE WATCHMAKER
OF FILMMAKERS

For almost 90 years, Hamilton has been known as the Movie Brand, prominently featured in more than 500 movies and television shows.

Hamilton watches first appeared on the silver screen in 1932 in the Marlene Dietrich movie ‘Shanghai Express’, a landmark moment where it all began. In 1951, the major Hollywood movie ‘The Frogmen’ featured Hamilton’s military watches taking a leading cinematic role. Ten years later, the Ventura starred on the wrist of the King of of the Rock and Roll Elvis Presley in his musical comedy, ‘Blue Hawaii’.

Since then, Hamilton timepieces have appeared on the silver screen more than 500 times, adding authenticity to the mechanics of the plot and the protagonists. The range of different genres emphasizes the versatility of the Hamilton collection. Our distinctive watches have captured the attention of the world’s leading prop master and costume designers who have chosen them for their historical accuracy or the way they help to define a character.

Hamilton has been trusted not only to provide watches but also to design and produce a unique prop watch, commissioned by a director or producer to create something special to fit a movie storyline. Each custom-made prop timepiece is a result of close collaboration with the movie’s design team.

Interstellar

2014


CREATING A PIECE OF MOVIE HISTORY


One of Hamilton's most impactful Hollywood collaboration was Christopher Nolan's 2014 sci-fi epic ‘Interstellar’.

‘The Murph’ watch, designed and created especially for the movie, is an integral part of the plot and one of the emotional links between the two main characters, lead protagonist Joseph Cooper played by Matthew McConaughey and his daughter Murphy played by Jessica Chastain in adulthood.

Five years later, the custom-made prop watch was brought to life as the Khaki Field Murph, the 42mm spot-on reproduction of the movie timepiece. In 2022, we released a smaller version of the big screen icon, the Khaki Field Murph 38mm.

Interstellar

Men in Black

since 1997


FROM ONE ICON TO ANOTHER


Daring, pioneering and ahead of its time, the Hamilton Ventura has played a starring role in every 'Men in Black' movie - as key to their characters as the black suit, wrap around shades and neuralyzer. Featured in 'Men in Black' since 1997, it’s an eye-catching choice that has served the Agents well.

The Hamilton Ventura is now considered an essential part of the iconic uniform. In 2019, the Men in Black returned with a brand-new adventure. Agent M played by Tessa Thompson opted for the Ventura combining stainless steel case, black dial and black leather strap.

MIB

Behind the Camera Awards

since 2006


HONORING THE OFF-SCREEN TALENT


The Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards in Hollywood demonstrate our commitment to honor the off-screen talent, the outstanding individuals behind movies, who play a pivotal role in making the magic happen.

Inspired by our long-standing heritage in the world of cinema, we honor the unsung heroes of every successful production – the film set crews. These behind-the-scenes talents have a unique opportunity to receive the awards from their A-list colleagues during the black tie ceremony dedicated to the most extraordinary moviemakers of the year.

Behind the Camera Awards

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KHAKI FIELD MURPH 42mm

Sci-fi epic ‘Interstellar’ was one of 2014’s biggest films and Hamilton, true to its reputation as ‘the Movie Brand’, designed a watch that became a piece of cinema history. A faithful recreation of the watch that appeared in the movie, the Khaki Field Murph is a must for ‘Interstellar’ fans and a collector’s item for Hamilton enthusiasts.

VENTURA QUARTZ

With its daring and distinctive design, the Ventura is the official watch of the Men in Black film series. When every second counts, the world’s most famous alien-fighting agents need a timing partner they can trust. With the Hamilton Ventura as part of the famous MIB uniform, they’re always dressed for success.

KHAKI NAVY BELOWZERO

Imagined by filmmakers and produced by engineers, the custom-made version of the Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO, fitted with a countdown screen to track the protagonists’ movements through time, starred in Christopher Nolan’s action-packed movie ‘TENET’.


From synchronizing the first American railroads to inventing both the electric and the digital watch, Hamilton has been at the forefront of groundbreaking developments since 1892. At the start of this new decade, we celebrate the game-changing attitude and pioneering approach that have guaranteed our place in timing changes of the watchmaking world.

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