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 Serling can be seen wearing a silver dialed Ventura in his introductions to episodes of "The Twilight Zone."
We were are pleased to offer this gorgeous fully restored second generation "505" Ventura.
*Note that the back on this watch has been replaced by one from a Hamilton Pacer.*
It has just been fully serviced by Jarett Harkness, Rene Rondeau's successor. Mr. Rondeau, an expert on Hamilton Electrics, was himself 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.
For the finishing touch we installed a brand new crocodile strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
This is a rare opportunity to own an extra special piece of timekeeping history and Americana.
Included with the purchase are papers and a six-month warranty from Mr. Harkness on the movement and its function.
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. 1961 to 1969
Case no.: S371332
Functions: Electric Time, Sweep Seconds
Model: Ventura, Model "505"
Designed for: Men
Case material: Solid 14K yellow gold case top with 10K gold filled back
Case markings (inside): Hamilton, Lancaster PA, 14K Gold
Case condition: Excellent with light signs of polishing. A few spots of wear to the back *Note that the back on this watch has been replaced by one from a Hamilton Pacer.*
Dimensions: 31.5mm wide by 50mm long lug tip-to-tip
Dial: Signed HAMILTON, ELECTRIC, silver, applied gold dot markers, 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 expert Jarett Harkness, successor to Rene Rondeau. 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: Included with the purchase is a six-month warranty from Mr. Harkness on the movement and its function.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Copy of Hamilton Electric care instructions and servicing certificate from Mr. Harkness
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.