Hamilton Watch History

1892

Keystone Standard Watch Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Aurora Watch Company of Illinois is sold to Lancaster investors in a public auction. The stockholders name the new company Hamilton, after Andrew Hamilton, the Scottish attorney who founded Lancaster. 


1912

Hamilton’s first series of pocket watches earns the title “the watch of railroad accuracy”


1914

Hamilton becomes the supplier of the US Armed Forces.


1928

The piping rock and yankee watches are introduced confirming Hamilton’s leadership in American style.


1942

During World War 2, Hamilton stops production of watches for consumers so they can concentrate on providing the armed forces with a total of a million timepieces.Chronometers were vital naval equipment for calculating longitude and plotting direction and location and were used as an alternative to radio to find position. Over the course of the war Hamilton made 10,902 marine chronometers that met tough demands for reliability and accuracy. Being the only company with the capability to provide the support they managed to develop and produce them in a little over a year.


1951

A true story, the film “The Frogmen” portrayed US naval divers during World War II as they prepared safe landings for supplies and troops on hostile shores.


1957

Hamilton introduces the world’s first electric watch, the VENTURA, revolutionary technology in a revolutionary design.


1961

Elvis Presley wears his Ventura in the film “Blue Hawaii”

1966

Stanley Kubrick approaches Hamilton to make unique timepieces for his new film “2001: A Space Odyssey” Hamilton’s design team provided him with a wristwatch and a desk clock.


1970

Hamilton introduces the world’s first LED digital watch


1971

Hamilton introduces The Pan Europ, one of the first automatic chronograph.


1974

Hamilton is sold SSIH (now known as the Swatch Group) on May 16, 1974.

 

1980

Old favorites such as the Boulton, Ventura, Ardmore, and Wilshire fueled and led an industry wide trend of classic watches. The 80’s saw the reintroduction of classic Hamilton designs from the 1920’s to the 1930’s.


1990

Hamilton continues being featured in Hollywood, appearing in such films as Men in Black, Lethal Weapon 4, Fight Club, Independence Day, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and You’ve Got Mail.


2003

Hamilton’s production and headquarters transferred from U.S. to Biel, Switzerland.

2005

Hamilton joins Leading aerobatic pilot, Nicolas Ivanoff. As a Hamilton ambassador he takes to the skies in a Hamilton branded Edge 540.


2006

After seeing the hard work carried out behind the scenes, Hamilton decides to honor those who play a key role in making movies successful. Every year Hamilton hosts the Hamilton Behind the Camera awards in Hollywood.


2009

Hamilton is the official timekeeper of EAA AirVenture. Every summer, for a week more than 500,000 aviation enthusiasts and EAA members from over 60 countries come together at this event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.


2011

Hamilton cooperates with various squadrons in South Africa , Canada, Korea, Spain and Russia to secure their status as the favorite watch of pilots. Hamilton has developed a new pilot watch, the Khaki Flight Timer, in collaboration with Air Zermatt, a prestigious transport and rescue helicopter company.


2012

Hamilton launches the Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards in China, paying tribute to Chinese offscreen talent.

 

2015

Hamilton returns to the big screen in Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Mark Watney(Matt Damon) uses the Khaki BeLOWZERO while he is stranded on Mars.