Hamilton’s Ventura created history when it was “born” in 1957 and became the world’s first electric watch.
The Ventura watch found even more fame after its starring role in the 1961 Hollywood movie Blue Hawaii on the wrist of Rock and Roll legend Elvis Presley who played Chad Gates.
The Ventura had a characteristic shield-shaped case and it is now an iconic watch synonymous with “the King of Rock and Roll” and Hamilton
To commemorate the 80th birthday of Elvis Presley (1935 to 2015), Hamilton has a modern interpretation of the Ventura. Known as the Ventura80 Elvis, design changes include a steeply-sloped crystal and curved dial, a modern case architecture and intricate attachment fixtures.
Designed to have unisex appeal, the brand’s focus was on wearer comfort for a watch that sits well on his or her wrist.
The commemorative watch comes in either mechanical or quartz versions. Both versions have the date display, a central sweep seconds hand in orange and are housed in a 42.5mm by 44.6mm case.
How can one differentiate between the mechanical self-winding model and the quartz version? The self-winding mechanical version is in a black PVD-coated case and another clue lies on the dial – there is the word “Automatic” inscribed under Ventura.
The self-winding mechanical model is aptly equipped with the Calibre H-10 automatic movement which has 80 hours of power reserve (Elvis would be 80 years old in 2015 if he was still alive) after being fully wound.
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