An American success story
Hamilton Watch Company
Hamilton history and tradition are firmly rooted in Lancaster, Pennsylvania – the region in which the company was first founded in 1893. The establishment of the company was perfectly timed since America’s expanding railway system required the means to precise timekeeping. The US Railroad turned to Hamilton timepieces in order to ensure that trains departed and arrived accurately. Within a few years, more than 50% of railway staff utilised Hamilton timepieces and relied on their precise timekeeping. Hamilton was known throughout the country as the “Watch of Railroad Accuracy”.
Thanks to the use of Hamilton timepieces, there was a noticeable decrease of railway accidents during the expansion of the transportation system in the United States since railroad staff and conductors could accurately keep track of the time. Larger brand awareness also assisted Hamilton in becoming a supplier of timepieces to the US army during the First World War. Hamilton equipped the famous General John Pershing – aka Black Jack – with a Hamilton wristwatch, along with the brave soldiers fighting in the trenches by his side. Hamilton is undoubtedly one of the most famous watch American manufacturers and has played an important role in the history of its country.