1950's Hamilton Electric Ventura "500" Model Vintage Mens Assymetric Wristwatch - 14K Gold


Item No. 5813

In 1957, Hamilton Watch Co. took the world by storm by offering the world's first electric wristwatch. Ten years in development, it was one of the greatest technological innovations in horology. Proclaimed as "the first basic change in portable timekeeping in nearly 500 years", the Hamilton Electric became an American icon of the late 1950's and 60's.

By far the most famous and recognized model of the line was the Ventura. Powered by a revolutionary electromechanical movement that replaced the power of the mainspring and winding mechanism with that of a battery, this incredible watch achieved unprecedented levels of accuracy. The movement retained many mechanical components from the era such as a balance staff and wheel; and with the addition of a battery, it not only became more accurate than its counterparts, but also never needed to be wound.

Besides its innovative technical features, the Ventura's distinctive retro style forever etched its image on the American consciousness. Designed by renowned artist Richard Arbib, creator of the Cadillac fin, the Ventura remains an iconic symbol of the eccentric American 1950's and owning one is a must for any American wristwatch collector.

The Ventura in Movies:
  • Actors Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones wore black dialed Venturas throughout the Oscar-winning 1997 movie "Men in Black."
  • Elvis Presley also prominently wore a Ventura in the 1961 film "Blue Hawaii" and was known to have personally owned one.
  • Noted author Rod Sterling can be seen wearing a white dialed Ventura in his introductions to episodes of "The Twilight Zone."

We were are pleased to offer this special 1st edition "500" Ventura. It presents in gorgeous condition.

According to the previous owner, the watch has always only been serviced with original Hamilton new-old-stock parts, by Rene Rondeau, an expert on Hamilton Electrics, who was trained by the late Jim Reese, co-inventor of the Hamilton Electric. Mr. Rondeau is also author of The Watch of the Future -- The Story of the Hamilton Electric Watch. The watch was last serviced by Mr. Rondeau just before the start of 2015. When we purchased it we had it freshly serviced again by Jarett Harkness (Mr. Rondeau's successor since his recent retirement).

For the finishing touch we installed a brand new black and gold strap specially designed by Mr. Rondeau to replicate the look of the original (The black band shown in most of the photos is also included if you would like it).

Accompanying it is a vintage Hamilton box.

Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.

This is a rare opportunity to own an extra special piece of timekeeping history and Americana.

A published example of this model can be found on the front cover of the book American Wristwatches: Five Decades of Design and Style, Faber & Unger, c. 1988

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Co.
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Year built: c. 1957 to 1961
  • Case no.: S289513
  • Functions: Electric Time, Sweep Seconds
  • Model: Ventura, Model "500"
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 14K yellow gold
  • Case markings (inside): Hamilton, Lancaster PA, 14K Gold
  • Case condition: Just short of mint with light signs of polishing
  • Dimensions: 31.5mm wide by 50mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Dial: Signed HAMILTON, ELECTRIC, silver, applied gold dot markers, appears to have been previously expertly restored
  • Hands: Original, gold dauphines, red-tipped second hand
  • Band: Two-tone black and gold, specially designed to replicate the original, brand new and unused (The black band shown in most of the photos is also included if you would like it).
  • Crystal type: Asymmetric shape, acrylic, excellent condition
  • Serviced: Yes, serviced by Hamilton Ventura experts Rene Rondeau and Jarett Harkness
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; Copy of Hamilton Electric care instructions; New timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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