Hamilton Watches unveils the Jazzmaster Performer collection

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Hamilton watches Jazzmaster collection has been updated with the new Jazzmaster Performer line that offers a number of finished options for men and women. The steel watches come in case sizes of 42mm, 38mm and 34mm and have a price ranging from approximately US$1,000 up to approximately US$2,300.
The Hamilton Jazzmaster Performer Collection

The Hamilton Jazzmaster Performer Collection

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The 42mm Jazzmaster Performer is a chronograph available in four distinctive looks, with three dial colours and a version with a rose gold PVD coated stainless steel case. The legible and sporty dial has three chronograph counters. In addition, they all have a fixed tachymeter bezel and Super-LumiNova watch hands. The watch is powered by the H-31 automatic chronograph movement with a 60-hour power reserve and a balance spring made from non-magnetic alloy, Nivachron, developed by the Swatch Group.

The Hamilton Jazzmaster Performer Automatic Chronograph

The Hamilton Jazzmaster Performer Automatic Chronograph

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The Jazzmaster Performer 38mm and 34mm versions retain the sporty-chic appearance with the fixed tachymeter bezel and Super-LumiNova watch hands, while offering more understated and minimalist dial options. In the 38mm category, there are three stainless steel watches with a choice of blue, black or white sunray dials. For the timepiece with the white dial, the steel case is finished with a rose gold PVD coating.

There are four options for the 34mm version with dials in either a black, blue and a bright blue sunray finish and a dial in mother-of-pearl.

Watches for both sizes are powered by the H-10 automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve.

The Hamilton Jazzmaster Performer with Blue Sunray Dial

The Hamilton Jazzmaster Performer with Blue Sunray Dial

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The style of the Jazzmaster Performer keeps with the watch brand’s American roots. This year marks Hamilton’s 130th anniversary. The company was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pa., as a manufacturer of pocket watches, with a focus on quality and accuracy. This focus led the company to produce pocket watches for the American railroads, in which proper time was critical to performance and safety.

The company supplied watches to the U.S. Armed Forces during WWI. This prompted a shift in production from pocket watches to wristwatches. Its aeronautical watch was used by the first U.S. Airmail pilots who provided service between Washington, D.C., and New York. Its association with air travel continued as early pilots used Hamilton watches to cross the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii. By the 1930s it was the official watch of four major American commercial airlines.

The Hamilton Jazzmaster Performer with Mother-of-Pearl dial and rose gold PVD coated case

The Hamilton Jazzmaster Performer with Mother-of-Pearl dial and rose gold PVD-coated stainless steel case

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For World War II, Hamilton converted all its production for the war effort, producing more than one million watches and marine chronometers for the U.S. military.

The company also has a long association with the Hollywood motion picture industry. The first known appearance of a Hamilton watch was in the 1932 Marlene Dietrich movie “Shanghai Express.” Since then, Hamilton watches has appeared in approximately 500 films and TV shows.

In 1974 Hamilton was sold to SSIH, the predecessor to the Swatch Group. In 2003, Swatch Group moved Hamilton to Biel, Switzerland.

However, it still produces watches that embody the American spirit.

This story was first published on forbes.com.

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