The Hamilton Van Horn replica watch was the first electric replica watch in the world. Launched in January 1957, it was named after Hamilton’s Director of R&D Dr Van Horn and featured a conventional balance wheel and gear train alongside its battery. Unlike the electronic and swiss fake Hamilton quartz watches that followed this had no transistors or integrated circuits, relying instead on tiny electrical wires making and braking contact five times per second. These contact points were the movement’s weakness as they wore out and became unreliable. The radical 1950s designs were strong enough to survive longer than the movements themselves, with a number of them being re-launched with either quartz or automatic calibres.
The Hamilton replica watch will be offered for auction in Fellows auction of Vintage & Modern Wrist Replica Watches on Monday 7th April –View the full catalogue online