Hamilton watches are innovative, iconic and known for American Spirit and Swiss Precision. Established in 1892 in Lancaster Pennsylvania, USA, Hamilton is known for its highest performance standards and Swiss made movements.
Hamilton watch has a strong foothold in Hollywood, with products appearing in over 500 films and boasts a strong military and aviation heritage. The watch brand is a member of the Swatch group, the largest watch manufacturer and distributor in the world with 160 production sites in Switzerland. La Mine d'Or, an official retailer of Hamilton, offers prestige collection including Khaki Field, Khaki Aviation, Khaki Navy, Ventura and Jazzmaster.
Hamilton: American Spirit, Swiss Precision
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.
Hamilton has its roots firmly in the U.S.A. where it was established in 1892. Lancaster, Pennsylvania was the site of the original Hamilton factory and the company was based there for the first 111 years of its life.
Hamilton first made its name during the early days of the American railroads. As the country built its crucial infrastructure, Hamilton began supplying accurate watches that were credited with helping to prevent and reduce accidents by synchronizing timing on the rails.
In 1918, as the age of aviation developed, Hamilton began timing the skies and our watches helped to keep the new coast to coast U.S. Airmail service on time. Since then, Hamilton has been synonymous with the world of aviation and is currently the Official Timekeeper of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Innovation has been one of the biggest keys to Hamilton’s success with major developments appearing in the mid 20th century that changed the world of watchmaking forever. In 1957, the Ventura became the world’s first electrical watch powered by a battery and Pulsar, the world’s first LED digital watch, followed in 1970. Since 2011, Hamilton has produced together with ETA its own movements, that allow for extended power reserves of up to 80 hours to be incorporated into certain calibers.
For almost 90 years, Hamilton has been known as the Movie Brand, owing to a close association with Hollywood. Since 1974, Hamilton has been a part of the Swatch Group and, in 2003, the company's HQ and production moved to the center of watchmaking country in Biel, Switzerland. Hamilton watches now have the prestigious Swiss made label, but Hamilton is still American at heart, just as it was when it was first established in Pennsylvania in 1892.
From the railroads to the skies, the depths of the ocean to the urban jungle, with automatic or quartz movements, Hamilton watches represent the perfect balance of American Spirit and Swiss Precision.