In 1892 Hamilton was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and began producing pocket watches. Their focus has always been to make accurate affordable timepieces. In 1914 they became an official supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces during WWI, they shifted production from pocket watches to the more convenient wristwatch. In 1926 Admiral Richard E. Byrd became the first aviator to reach the North Pole, circling it for 13 minutes before returning to base. He timed this pioneering 15 hour and 57-minute flight with a Hamilton watch.
As soon as America joined the Allied forces in World War 2 they stopped producing watches for consumers to focus on the enormous task of supplying the U.S. Armed Forces. They produced over one million timepieces including wristwatches and marine chronometers, even earning an Army-Navy E award for excellence in manufacturing.
On May 16, 1974, Hamilton was sold to SSIH, which is the previous name of what is now the Swatch Group. They remained in the US until 2003 when they transferred their operation to Biel, Switzerland. From this date forward they were able to put on their dials Swiss made.
Made for the film “Interstellar” with its character Murph, the watch was seen next to the Hamilton pilot. Initially not available to buy, it caused such a rumble amongst collectors that Hamilton buckled under the pressure and released this watch. It's 42mm stainless steel round case has tapering curved lugs. At 52mm lug to lug length it has great wrist presence. On the right side a large crown for easy adjustment. The polished bezel holds the domed sapphire crystal. Its matte black dial has an outer minute track, applied Arabic numerals that have a coating of Super-LumiNova old radium lume giving it that vintage look. The cathedral hands are coated in the same. In keeping with the Interstellar theme Hamilton put on the second's hand morse code for “Eureka” in reference to the scene where Murph cracks the code with the help of her Hamilton and she exclaims “Eureka!”. On the reverse a screw-down exhibition case back. Inside an Automatic Hamilton Cal. H10, 23 Jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. Fitted on its Hamilton 22mm black leather strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Hamilton box and Hamilton paperwork. The watch comes paired with its original black Hamilton signed leather strap with Hamilton signed buckle. The watch is from March 2019 and is in worn condition, but an overall fantastic condition, with a few hairline scratches from occasional wear. The watch comes with its manufactures warranty which is transferable to the new owner by simply possessing the card in the package.
Having seen the film a fair few times and loving it, this watch really does appeal to me on that basis, which means Hamilton did the right thing by using a film to promote a watch, very smart! Thankfully the watch also looks amazing, an added bonus I guess! I wouldn't hang about on this one, very fair pricing!