Pioneering, practical, precise: Hamilton uses a unique combination of Swiss precision and American spirit to create distinctive, versatile watches for aficionados and style conscious individuals alike. 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.
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.
The Movie Brand
For almost 90 years, Hamilton has been known as the Movie Brand, owing to our close association with Hollywood. Hamilton watches first appeared on the silver screen in 1932 in the Marlene Dietrich movie ‘Shanghai Express’. In 1951, our watches had a starring role in the major Hollywood movie ‘The Frogmen’. Ten years later, the Ventura appeared on the wrist of megastar Elvis Presley in his musical comedy, ‘Blue Hawaii’. Our watches have since appeared in over 450 major feature films, including recent box office hits ‘Interstellar’ and ‘The Martian’ and are always chosen by production designers. The Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards began in 2006 and honor the heroes behind the scenes of major movies.