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Pioneering, practical, and precise: Hamilton uses a unique combination of Swiss precision and American spirit to create distinctive, versatile watches for aficionados and style-conscious individuals. Hamilton has a long history and has achieved numerous milestones, all of which have made Hamilton the strong, internationally renowned watch brand it is today.

Hamilton is a brand that we all follow closely, both with its history and its precious watches. Discover with us the unique story of this watch giant that started in the USA and now continues in Switzerland. In this article, we will examine the different features of the Hamilton brand in its more than 100 years of history.

Hamilton started production in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. In a short time, the American manufacturer became known for its high-precision timepieces and became a favorite of railroaders. In 1900, more than 55% of drivers and train attendants wore Hamilton watches. Punctual clocks helped to prevent train accidents by keeping departure times in sync.

The brand has also been operating in the field of aviation since 1918. For example, Airmail (US air mail) pilots used Hamilton pilot’s watches on their intercontinental flights. Hamilton is also the official watch of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

The manufacturer has been producing watches for the United States military since World War I. During the Second World War, he produced wristwatches and high-precision navy chronographs for the American army. Hamilton stopped production for civilians in 1942 and started manufacturing only for the United States military, and delivered more than one million wristwatches to the army between 1942 and 1945. Hamilton continued his relations with the military in the postwar period and further improved his watches. The manufacturer is a partner of flight crews such as the Spanish helicopter demonstration team Patrulla ASPA.

Hamilton revolutionized the watch industry with the Ventura model, which he launched in 1957. Ventura is the first battery-powered electric wristwatch. The Pulsa model, which was launched 13 years later, became the first digital watch with an LED display. Roger Moore, who played James Bond in the 1973 movie “Die to Live”, used this model. In 1974, Societé Suisse de l’Industrie Horlogère (SSIH), the forerunner of the Swatch Group, bought Hamilton during the quartz crisis. Although the watches continue to be produced in the United States, in 2003 the company’s headquarters and production workshops were moved to Biel, Switzerland. Since then, Hamilton watches have held the “Swiss-made” quality seal.

Today, Hamilton watches have played essential roles in cinema. It is possible to see Hamilton watches in the movies Pearl Harbor, Men in Black, Independence Day, The Martian, and Interstellar. Hamilton Khaki Field Auto contributes to the salvation of humanity in the film Interstellar, which was released in 2014 and directed by Christopher Nolan. Hamilton films have been used in more than 500 films to date.

Since 2006, Hamilton has been awarding the “Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards” to those who work backstage, where the spotlights do not show. The watchmaker also collaborates with the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, United States, and supports future filmmakers.

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