Hamilton Ventura: the electrical evolution

Hamilton Ventura: the electrical evolution

Postby koimaster » December 1st 2015, 9:43am

An unprecedented technological innovation as a result of ten years of research, the Ventura was the next major evolution after the invention of the mechanical watch. Indeed, it was the first-ever mechanical watch to be fueled by an electrical battery.

Revolutionary mechanism andaesthetics

Here it is a button cell battery that supplies energy to the movement, rather than the crown in manual winding pieces or the oscillating mass in automatic watches. The system marked the beginning of a new era for – let’s not forget – only mechanical watches were available at the time. There was no longer need for the tiresome routine of winding watches as the battery supplied the movement with energy for a whole year.

Hamilton pulled this technological feat off after ten years of research, which started in 1946. Named “Project X”, it aimed to develop the first electrical movement and make it reliable. Yet, the Ventura is both technically and aesthetically disruptive; it features a triangular case – a unique shape in watchmaking worldwide at the time.


http://www.watchonista.com/2914/watchon ... %93-part-1

And part 2


http://www.watchonista.com/2914/watchon ... %93-part-2
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