The Hamilton History is a 120 years long and eventful travel from Lancaster in the US to Biel the world capital of watchmaking in Switzerland. Today highlights from Hamilton pioneering role in the worlds of aviation, cinema, electric and digital technology shape the collection. The Hamilton watches have unique shapes, personality and design combining the American spirit with Swiss technologies. Hamilton watches relies mainly on the traditional and even slightly vintage look of its watches that are designed for the needs of both ladies and gentlemen.
Since 1892 the Hamilton Watches company have been manufacturing and marketing luxury timepieces, the first watch was the 936 in 1893.
Hamilton watches went on to develop and market pocket watches and wrist watches. In 1971 they became the third company to join a group that later became the swatch group. Today the Swatch Group Is the largest watch manufacturer and marketer in the world.
While the railways where rapidly expanding in the US Hamilton maintained over more 56% of the market as the railways bought all of the watches that Hamilton made.
The company swung their attention from pocket watches to wrist watches after world war 1. During world war II Hamilton change their direction completely and designed new watches for the military and stopped its consumer products.
The Hamilton name brand is currently owned by The Swatch Group Ltd. Swatch Group Hamilton brand watches have grown increasingly popular. Modern Hamilton watches no longer use proprietary "in house" movements, instead using movements made by The Swatch Group's movement making subsidiary, ETA