There are few timepieces that embrace classic American values and design aesthetics as much as Hamilton watches.
Founded in 1892 in Pennsylvania, the company has a rich history as one of the leading American manufacturers. Its early years saw production being focused on pocket watches to aid railroad accuracy, putting a stop to serious accidents and providing Hamilton watches with its reputation for successful timekeeping.
The following years saw the company produce watches for both consumers and the US armed forces, with around 10,000 marine chronometers experiencing World War II on the wrists of American soldiers.
Hamilton watches: - your entertainment connection
The company’s products have been worn by American entertainment icons such as rock and roll legend Elvis Presley and more recently actor Harrison Ford. The watches are also popular props in movies having featured in some of the biggest grossing movies of the past few decades including You’ve Got Mail, Independence Day, Die Hard 4.0, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Men in Black. The company even made the futuristic watches seen on the wrists of the crew members in the classic Kubrick film 2001: - A Space Odyssey.
The connection to Hollywood goes further than simple movie appearances with some of the biggest stars on the planet. The company is a partner of the American Film Market (AFM)
The company plays an active role during the American Film Festival supporting DreamAgo, an association that aims to help develop, support and promote films that make a difference. Together they host a speed dating concept that introduces screenwriters to recognised producers and distributors.
However, it’s not just the celebrities that make these watches stars. The brand has a long connection with Jazz music through its Jazzmaster range, but these connections are again a sideshow to the real story of the long history of product development that stands behind them.
Hamilton Watches were the creators of the first battery powered watch with an analogue dial. – The Ventura. 13 years later Hamilton watches unveiled another technological breakthrough with the launch of the world’s first digital watch.
Today Hamilton is part of the world’s largest watch manufacturing group, Swatch. It combines its classic American looks and heritage with award winning Swiss movements.