Vintage Watch Blog.
To me, the Hamilton Watch Co., prior to becoming a Swiss brand, was one of the greatest American manufacturers of the 20th century; and most certainly the most important American Watch Manufacturer. Vintage Hamilton watches are quite popular among all watch enthusiasts, especially American patriots, US citizens and dedicated Hamilton Watch collectors. Today we will learn some fun facts about the original Hamilton Watch Co. from Lancaster, PA and I hope you find it amusing and educational. Please write comments if you know more facts for the vintage watch community to read. And I promise, there are MANY more facts, so have at it.
As shown in the above advertising gallery, Hamilton was no amature to genius branding and brand loyalty. Much like Rolex, Hamilton employed almost every conceivable marketing strategy to appeal to both utilitarian timekeeping and pulled on consumer emotions as the perfect gift or necessity. Most notable, were a grand series of Hamilton "named" dress watches, another genius marketing strategy, that began in the 1930's and ran through the end of the 1950's with millions of what seems endless named watches produced. Many of these watches were named by watchmakers working for Hamilton with their approval of course. Below we see a few examples.
It wasn't just Hamilton's marketing prowess that made Hamilton the most important American Watch Manufacturer. Hamilton was a true manufacturer, producing some of the best and fine pocket watches, military watches, chronometers and wristwatch movements made both in the USA and abroad. Hamilton movements easily rivalled the Swiss during this period and was favored by American consumers among other important American companies like Waltham and Elgin to name a couple. There are so many patents, innovations and prestige that Hamilton enjoyed; that it would be impossible to name them all on this blog. Let's learn of a few uncommonly known facts.
Did you know that in 1961 Elvis Presley personally selected a Ventura in the film "Blue Hawaii"? wwwamiltonwat
Well, I could go on and on. In summary, Hamilton was considered the best among Railroad Grade Pocket Watches, Military Grade Pocket and Wristwatches, Flight Watches, and of course all the beloved watches made for consumers. Today, Hamilton is a Swiss company under the umbrella of the Swatch Group. Luckily, the Swatch Group, appears to have kept many Hamilton traditions in today's modern world. I hope some day, Hamilton will be sold to a US investor and once again prevail as an American watch manufacturer. Many thanks to the Hamilton Museum for some of these facts. At AdamVintage, we have a large variety of vintage Hamilton Watches for sale among other fine timepieces. Thank you for reading - Peace out.
Adam J. Dubilo, founder of Adam Vintage
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