American Spirit, Swiss Precision
Hamilton has its roots firmly in the U.S.A. where it was established in 1892 and first made its name supplying accurate watches during the early days of the American railroads, then for early pilots and as a supplier for the US Armed Forces.
In 1918, as the age of aviation developed, Hamilton 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 supports four aerobatic pilots and innovative aviation projects. In 2018, we celebrated 100 years of timing the skies.
Since 1932, Hamilton has been known as the Movie Brand, owing to our close association with Hollywood. Hamilton watches first appeared on screen in the Hollywood movie ‘Shanghai Express’ and have since appeared in over 500 major feature films and series, including ‘Pearl Harbor’, ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Men in Black’. Hamilton is also proud to honor the dedicated individuals working behind the scenes with the Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards, which occurs every two years since 2006.
Innovation has been one of the biggest keys to Hamilton’s success with main developments appearing in the mid-20th century that changed the world of the industry. 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.
From the railroads to the skies, the depths of the ocean to the urban jungle, Hamilton watches represent the perfect balance of American Spirit and Swiss Precision.