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An Introduction To: Hamilton Watches

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Banks Lyon is proud to be official stockists for Hamilton watches, timepieces crafted with a pioneering and practical mindset – and designed to be durable and precise. Today, Hamilton belong to the Swatch Group, the world’s largest watch manufacturer and marketer, but were first an American company. They manufactured their first watch in 1893 in the USA.

Hamilton’s focus on precision and innovation, as well as on technical expertise, allows their watches to be known around the world as some of the best in the industry. The brand has a rich aeronautical and cinematic heritage, and its timepieces can now be found at Banks Lyon.

History of Hamilton Watches

With the motto, “American Spirit, Swiss Precision”, Hamilton perfectly describe what the brand is all about. Hamilton was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA, but are now a Swiss manufacturer of wristwatches in Bienne, Switzerland.

The company name is derived from James Hamilton, the son of Andrew Hamilton, a Scottish-born lawyer who founded Lancaster and originally owned the site where the factory was located. Hamilton’s first watch was a 17-jewel pocket watch and the brand only manufactured two movements in the first 15 years of its existence. It launched its first wristwatch in 1917.

Hamilton started to gain recognition during the early days of the American railroads; the watch manufacturer supplied timepieces that helped to prevent and reduce accidents by ensuring timing was synchronised on the rails. In fact, at one point, around 56% of the railroad community was using Hamilton pieces.

With 1918 seeing both the First World War and the development of aviation, Hamilton began to create watches that kept the new coast-to-coast US Airmail service running smoothly. In the Second World War, Hamilton turned their attention to the military and stopped manufacturing consumer products temporarily.

In 1969, Hamilton ended all American manufacturing operations and moved them to their Buren factory in Switzerland.

Hamilton’s long history includes several milestones and innovations, such as their products having appeared in over 450 Hollywood films and the fact that, in 1957, they created the first electrical watch powered by a battery and, in 1970, the first LED digital watch.

Known as the Movie Brand, Hamilton watches were first seen on screen in 1932 in the film Shanghai Express; in 1951, the timepieces were an important part of the movie The Frogmen. The Ventura, one of the brand’s most popular models, appeared on the wrist of Elvis Presley for the first time in 1961, and the brand designed a watch specifically for Kubrik’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

From Men in Black and Independence Day to Die Hard and the modern box office hits Interstellar and The Martian, Hamilton watches are a true icon of the cinema world.

Hamilton is the current Official Timekeeper of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship as well, as the company continues to develop its relationship with aviation.

The watchmaker manufactures automatic, mechanic and quartz watches for both men and women and its collections are world-renowned for being durable, precise and innovative – not to mention instantly recognisable.

Hamilton Collections

Hamilton strive to manufacture pieces that are admired by both watch enthusiasts and fashion-conscious individuals. They have several collections that are sure to appeal to a range of customers, as they are designed to meet different personal tastes as well as watch requirements.

Whether you’re looking for a piece steeped in history or a stylish model that allows you to stand out even in a crowd, Hamilton has something for everyone.

At Banks Lyon, you can find a vast range of lines and watches that invoke the American spirit while retaining the precision associated with Swiss manufacturing. Iconic and high-performance, Hamilton watches are perfect as day-to-evening pieces and are a suitable companion for your outdoor adventures as well.

Hamilton Khaki Field

A collection that distinguishes itself for its sturdy and rugged pieces. These military watches are robust and ready for everything the outdoors can throw at you; whether you’re seeking a precise timepiece to play sports, or you need a reliable watch for when you’re hiking or climbing mountains, Hamilton Khaki Field watches can do just that.

The watches in the collection have been manufactured with the most meticulous attention to detail, and their high-quality and practicality are second to none.

Army-inspired, the collection dates back to the 1940s and offers pieces that are resilient and ready to conquer the outdoors – as well as the urban jungle. Built for everyday adventures, the Khaki Field is also understated in design but adds a modern, stylish aesthetic to any outfit.

You can even find a Khaki Field on the wrist of Jack Ryan, from Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Amazon Prime’s successful series.

Image: Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Watch

Hamilton Khaki Aviation

Hamilton is known for their precise pilot’s watches as well. Hamilton Khaki Aviation watches are prestigious and reputable and provide a high degree of accuracy. You have plenty to choose from in this collection as well, from automatic watches to GMT models and pilot’s chronographs. The Khaki Aviation range is made for professional pilots but it’s also suitable for anyone looking for a companion they can take anywhere, whether in the air or on land.

This is one of the things that make Hamilton great. The versatility of their watches, combined with their fashionable appeal and their functionality, allow them to be admired by a large number of aficionados across the globe.

The Khaki Aviation represents the brand’s foray into aviation in 1918 and marks the start of a long heritage of serving pilots by offering world-class precision on their flights.

Image: Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind GMT Chrono Watch

Hamilton Khaki Navy

Our Hamilton Khaki Navy watches are fantastic options for anyone who’s looking for a reliable and affordable dive watch. As underwater timekeepers, Hamilton understand what makes marine explorers and pioneers tick – and are aware of the features the best diver watches should have.

The luminescent displays in the models in the Khaki Navy range vastly improve visibility at depth, ensuring the best possible diving experiences. Additionally, these models are at home on land as well; their sporty aesthetic means they won’t look out of place in a field or sporting arena either.

Just like the other Khaki collections, the Khaki Navy is characterised by top notch robustness, precision and a rugged charm that you will, undoubtedly, love.

Image: Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto Watch

Hamilton Jazzmaster

For those interested in a contemporary piece with a timeless appeal, the Hamilton Jazzmaster watches can perfectly blend tradition with innovation, ensuring you get the best of both worlds. Some models in the range even come with the Open Heart feature, which provides a glimpse of the precise automatic movement in action.

In the collection, you can find a large array of materials, dials and strap combinations – this versatility allows Hamilton to showcase the best of Swiss watchmaking. Perfect for everyone who enjoys the finer things in life, the models in the Jazzmaster collection will be by your side no matter the special occasion or life event you experience.

At Banks Lyon, you can find several Jazzmaster watches for men and women, and all of them are sophisticated and tastefully designed.

Image: Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart Auto Watch

Hamilton Ventura

If you’re in search of something a bit different, the Ventura may be exactly what you’re looking for. The world’s first electric timepieces, Hamilton Ventura watches are iconic and daring in design – and known for their link to Elvis Presley, who wore a Ventura model on the set of the 1961 film Blue Hawaii.

The distinctive watches in the collection are triangular in shape; this was an unconventional aesthetic at the time – and still is to this day – and played an important part in making the watches famous. The shape of the pieces may be unusual, but there is no denying that this collection is stylish and charming and has withstood the test of time.

It’s fair to say that Ventura watches are for the bold, for those who wish to stand out and to make a statement.

Image: Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 Quartz Watch

Hamilton American Classic

This range showcases the American spirit that Hamilton is, rightfully, so proud of. All Hamilton American Classic watches have been designed to represent the brand’s American heritage; they also offer such versatility that any Hamilton enthusiast will be able to find the signature style that suits them the best.

Vintage, yet modern, this collection is great for everyday wear and for every occasion, be it a day at the office, an evening with friends or a road trip somewhere.

The range also comes with chronographs and automatic watches so, not only will you always be on trend, but you will also always be on time. The charm of the collection won’t go unnoticed no matter where you are, so the models are the perfect choice for anyone seeking a classic style with a subtle, but powerful, aesthetic.

Image: Hamilton American Classic Pan Europ Day Date Auto Watch

We couldn’t be more thrilled to add Hamilton watches to the vast selection of luxury watches already available at Banks Lyon. Please don’t hesitate to contact us (you can even WhatsApp us on 07395 875 175) to learn more about our pieces or about any of the other world-famous brands we stock.