The Hamilton Watch Company opened in 1892 in Lancaster, PA and initially set out to serve the railroad market with accurate timepieces. In 1908, Hamilton introduced the first watch for women, the Lady Hamilton. Soon after, during WWI, Hamilton began a long relationship with the U.S. Military producing military time pieces. Throughout the 20s and 30s, innovative case shapes, dial treatments, and uses of colour were incorporated to create distinctive watches. During this time Hamilton was chosen as the official timepiece of many newfound commercial airlines, further underscoring their reputation for timekeeping accuracy. Again in WWII, Hamilton saw commercial production shift to military production. Close to 1,000,000 Khaki or `hack' watches were created for American military personnel because of their durability. After the War, the revival of commercial production introduced the first battery powered watch, the Ventura in 1957 and the first digital watch, the Pulsar, in the early 70s. After 100 years, Hamilton remains one of the most recognized American brand names and has become an American Institution.
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