|Famous for||Produced the first electric watch. Elvis Presley wore a Hamiliton Ventura in the movie Blue Hawaii|
Hamilton began in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1886. An amalgamation of three watch manufacturers, the company is now a member of the Swatch Group. Since launch, the company has thrived. It held a major stake in the watch market during the expansion of the railroads, was a leader in high quality goods when fashions moved from pocket to wristwatches, and during World War II, Hamilton moved its focus from consumer goods to supplying the military. The company’s first wristwatch was a women’s style watch, released in 1908.
In 1957 Hamilton produced the world’s first electric watch – the Hamilton Electric 500, available in a series of iconic non-traditional asymmetric casings and in the 1960s, after acquiring the Swiss watch company Buren, Hamilton moved its production to Switzerland. In the modern day, Hamilton has ensured its continued popularity with re-releases of classic and retro watch designs such as the famous triangular Ventura range – all re-releases come with modern Swiss Made quartz movements. Two years ago, Hamilton celebrated what would have been the 75th birthday of Elvis Presley with a re-release of the Hamilton Ventura Elvis wore in 1961’s Blue Hawaii. Hamilton watches can be spotted in many Hollywood films: Men in Black, the Die Hard films and Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.