1957 Ventura

Following WWII, the revival of commercial production was marked by the revolutionary introduction of the world's first battery powered watch, the Ventura, in 1957. This astounding technology was accompanied by styling unseen and untried before in the watch industry. The asymmetrical case, pointed and extended lugs and curved crystal of this technical marvel shook the watch industry up and changed the face of watch design.

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Did you know that in 1957, Hamilton introduced the world's first electric (battery-powered) watch, called VENTURA? www.hamiltonwatch.com

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  • POCKET WATCH 936

    POCKET WATCH 9361890's

    The very first pocket watch of Hamilton, designed by Henry J. Cain, was made to surpass railroad standards.

  • RAILROAD POCKET WATCH

    RAILROAD POCKET WATCH1900's

    The first series of pocket watches earned the title of “‘The Watch of Railroad Accuracy’.

  • Pocket Watch 992

    Pocket Watch 9921910's

    The Hamilton 992 is the most successful of all Hamilton pocket watch movements.

  • PIPING ROCK

    PIPING ROCK1920's

    In the early part of baseball history, watches were given as awards. It is believed that Baseball Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis started the tradition with the Yankee Piping Rock in 1928.

  • MEADOWBROOK

    MEADOWBROOK1930's

    Introduced in 1928, the Meadowbrook shares the same dial and bezel styling as the Oakmont, but with a slight shorter case.

  • Marine Chronometer

    Marine Chronometer 1940's

    The Hamilton marine chronometers developed in the 1940s were the first to be created by modern manufacturing.

  • VENTURA

    VENTURA1950's

    Following WWII, the revival of commercial production was marked by the revolutionary introduction of the world’s first battery powered watch, the Ventura, in 1957.

  • DIGITAL MEN

    DIGITAL MEN1960's

    the world’s first LED digital watch started measuring time on May 6, 1970

  • Pan Europ

    Pan Europ 1970's

    This was developed by a consortium of several companies including Hamilton/Büren in 1969 and was one of the world’s first automatic chronographs.

  • American Traveler

    American Traveler1980's

    The American Traveler is a two time zones watch equipped with 2 Swiss made quartz movements. Its rectangular stainless steel case frames two elegant rectangular dials with numerical and roman numerals. Caliber 980003

  • Wilshire

    Wilshire 1990's

    Of all the watches that Hamilton has created in its long and distinguished history, the 'Wilshire' is one of the most extraordinary.

  • Jazzmaster Auto Chrono

    Jazzmaster Auto Chrono 2010's

    In 2005 Hamilton launches the Jazzmaster collection which takes its inspiration from the syncopated rhythms of the Jazz music.