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Hamilton Electric: the Race to Create the World’s First Battery-Powered Watch

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Jarett Harkness, an occasional poster here on the Forum, and successor to Rene Rondeau as Hamilton Electric Guru has had a nice article published at "Worn and Wound". You can read that article here:


This one is for "Ted" who was lamenting the state of the "Good Old Electric Forum".

It is a great article, and not just for electric watch enthusiasts.





Edited by martinus_scriblerus

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Thank you for posting that. Good to be reminded of the marketing issues as well as the mechanical ones.

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 It was the first significant innovation in mechanical design since the 16th century. Before 1957, all watches supplied power via a mainspring through either hand winding or kinetic energy (wrist motion with an automatic watch).

except for the two models, in 1952 before the Hamilton in 1957. 


Yes Hamilton were first to market in 1957, no one disagrees. They were not first thou with a battery powered wristwatch.


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