Wrist Watch, 1957

Summary

When this watch came to the Museum in 1959, the Hamilton Watch Company was America's leading watchmaker. The company created the first electric watch, the Ventura, whose movement was powered by a battery, instead of a wound spring. Its design was as revolutionary as the mechanism--the lozenge-shaped case reflected postwar American industrial design. This watch has the Ventura's watchband but the features of its successor, the Pacer.

When this watch came to the Museum in 1959, the Hamilton Watch Company was America's leading watchmaker. The company created the first electric watch, the Ventura, whose movement was powered by a battery, instead of a wound spring. Its design was as revolutionary as the mechanism--the lozenge-shaped case reflected postwar American industrial design. This watch has the Ventura's watchband but the features of its successor, the Pacer.

Artifact

Wrist watch

Date Made

1957

Creators

Hamilton Watch Company 

Schwab & Wuischpard 

Place of Creation

United States, Pennsylvania, Lancaster 

Creator Notes

Watch made by Hamilton Watch Company, case made by Schwab & Wuischpard.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

98.0.19.21.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Gold (Metal)
Plastic

Color

Black (Color)
Gold (Color)

Inscriptions

on dial: HAMILTON / ELECTRIC on outside of case: 10K GOLD FILLED S&W / HAMILTON on inside of case: HAMILTON W. CO. / LANCASTER, PA. / 10K. GOLD FILLED / 5185145 / S&W

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