The first (and to many collectors the finest) Hamilton Electric Ventura literally started a design revolution at Hamilton which soon spread throughout the watch industry.
Announced with enormous fanfare on January 3, 1957 the Ventura as the first battery powered watches ever sold. Today as in 1957 the remarkable asymmetrical design symbolizes the unique character of Hamilton Electric watches,
The dial is original with a brushed silver finish, 18K gold dots as hour markers, Original Ventura hands with the red-tipped second hand, Signed Hamilton under the 12 and the electric squiggly line across the middle and electric above the 6 o'clock position. The dial is very clean with the original glass crystal that is in excellent shape.
The Case is 14K solid yellow gold. The gold case has a nice shine and looks great. The watch is 42mm x 30mm without the crown Serial Number S023947 The crown is signed with a "H"
The Ventura has been fitted with a Hadley Roma brown leather strap.
The original Hamilton Ventura 17 Jewel 500 movement, has been overhauled, cleaned, tested and running strong. Keeping accurate time. The watch starts right up each time the crown is pushed in from the setting position to the running position..
The Ventura is not a particularly rare watch, it was one of the most popular solid gold watches Hamilton ever offered and great many were sold. However it remains a very popular model and many years collectors demand has out stripped supply It is considered one of the greatest classic watches in the world.
This Hamilton Ventura watch has been well cared for and would be the perfect addition to your collection or everyday style!
The Finer Details
* Description: Running 14K Gold Men's Hamilton Ventura
* Serial #: 53213L (circa 1957-1963)
* Movement #: 500 Electro-mechanical
* Overall Weight: 39 grams
* Case Shape / Asymmetric / 14K Yellow Gold
* Case Dimensions: Approx. 31 mm x 42.5 mm
* Case Thickness: Approx. 12.5mm (including crystal)
* Crystal: Glass
* Crown: Gold push down
* Hands: Gold hour & minutes
* Hour Markers: Gold hour markers
* Dial: Brushed Silver
* Band Type: Hadley Roma brown Leather
* Band Length: 9 1/4", including case
* Band Width: Approx. 17mm wide
* Closure: Gold-tone Buckle
Original Price in 1957 $200.00
Production 11,750 Ventura Watches of both Black and Silver Dials
Elvis Presley has been so intimately link to the Hamilton "Ventura" over the years that many people, collector and non-collectors alike , still refer to the watch as the "Elvis Watch".
Elvis wore a yellow gold "Ventura" very prominently in the 1961 movie Blue Hawaii. In at least one scene it is shown in massive close-up and most surely have impressed many movie fans at the time. It is unknown whether the watch Elvis wore in that film was his personal "Ventura" or supplied by the studio. There are at least two museums claiming to own the watch from Blue Hawaii.
I will include a 3 month guarantee on the movement which is long enough for you to assess the working order. Also, I offer a refund if you are not entirely happy, as long as the watch is returned within seven day's. (shipping is not refundable)
A 3 month layaway option is available. There is no restocking fee or cancellation fee's if things don't work out. A complete refund of payments upon cancellation.
Vintage watches tend to be smaller. Please be sure that you are familiar with the sizes of vintage timepieces and check the measurements given.
Vintage Watches make great gifts for occasions such as Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays and Christmas. These vintage models are becoming much sought after and very rare so it's not something you see in everyday life making it something very special and unusual to give and receive.
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