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About Hamilton Watch Company

During WWII all their watches were manufactured to the specification of the troops. Over one million watches went overseas, and the Company branched out to produce marine chronometers and deck watches. The Model 22 was used by the US Army and on the back of some of these watches is the marking “US Army.” Other watches were exclusively Navy issued and were marked with the Navy logo. The 1950s saw the company fight a hostile takeover by the Benrus watch company. Fallout from the failed takeover drove a stake between the Hamilton Watch Co. and the Benrus Watch Company. A federal proceeding in 1953 concluded this landmark anti-trust case. Anti-trust law today began on the precedents of this case. In the 1960s the company entered into a venture with Ricoh, a Japanese watchmaking firm. The intent was to produce electric watches meant for the Japanese market. The electronic components were to be made in America while production and final assembly occurred in Japan. The production levels of Hamilton-Ricoh were high, but demand for the electric timepiece was slow. The partnership dissolved in 1965 and Seiko took over the electric watch market.

In 1969 the company closed all American manufacturing operations and shut down its factory in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Hamilton watches are manufactured in Switzerland.

The Hamilton watch brand and manufacturing rights are currently owned by The Swatch Group Ltd. These timepieces have grown increasingly popular, but modern Hamilton watches no longer use proprietary in-house movements. In the 1990s, the Hamilton watch group began a marketing campaign that resulted in a small comeback. Vintage designs were back in style. Hamilton has the largest portfolio of these vintage watches. These vintage watches include a Swiss-made quartz movement. Hamilton has been an innovator of timepieces since its inception in 1892. The first Hamilton battery-powered watch was introduced in 1957 and in 1961, the company manufactured a stainless steel, gold tone steel and titanium watch. Today in 2014, it’s watches are still among the finest American, but Swiss-made watches in the world.

Today you can find Hamilton watches manufactured in stainless steel, gold tone steel, and titanium. They are also available in quartz, automatic and chronograph movements. Hamilton’s watch collections include Hamilton American Classic Timeless Classic as well as Hamilton America Classic Jazzmaster, Hamilton Khaki Navy and Hamilton American Classic Shaped.