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Friday, September 7, 2012

Hamilton, the railroad timekeeper of America, celebrates 120 years

Hamilton has opened a watch exhibition in Geneva, recounting its 120 year history with 30 special timepieces including early Ventura models.

The exhibition will run until October 31 showcasing “watchmaking, historical and communication firsts in a display never before shown in Switzerland”.

More than 30 special timepieces will be presented at Cité du Temps in an exhibition titled "Born 120 Years Ago… Ahead of Time Ever Since". The displays will span Hamilton's 120 year history - beginning with the brand's foundation in Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA in 1892, and ending in 2012 with its anniversary celebrations.

The oldest item to be displayed is a pocket watch from 1901, when Hamilton was known as 'The Watch of Railroad Accuracy'. Other highlights include the Hamilton Ventura, the world's first battery-powered watch; a Ventura worn by Elvis Presley; and the Hamilton Pulsar from 1973, the very first LED digital watch. 

An original 1941 Hamilton marine chronometer will also be shown alongside the 2012 Khaki Navy Pioneer Limited Edition that it inspired. This new Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer watch serves as a tribute to the marine chronometers the company crafted for the U.S. Navy in the 1940s. More than just a wrist weight, it can also be displayed in a chronometer-style box and left on a desk. It retails for about $3,000.

Hamilton describes the exhibits as "a selection of watchmaking, historical and communication firsts in a display never before shown in Switzerland." It is open 7 days a week from 9am - 6pm, with free admission.

The Hamilton Watch Company took its name from Andrew Hamilton to whom William Penn’s sons granted the land upon which Lancaster was founded in 1730.

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