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Icons and watches go together like coffee and cream. Nowadays, with the cult of celebrity so firmly ingrained in western society, it seems obvious that having a leading star flash their wrist candy at their adoring audience would see a brand’s sales go through the roof. But when Elvis Presley wore the Hamilton Ventura in the 1961 film Blue Hawaii, the then American brand couldn’t have imagined the enduring effect of Presley’s contribution. To celebrate what would have been the King’s 80th birthday, Hamilton are releasing the Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 watch.
This incarnation of the brand’s most iconic range is worlds away from the stainless steel variant worn by Elvis on screen some 54 years ago, but it still features the unmistakable Hamilton Ventura DNA. With brands scrabbling for innovative case silhouettes to set them apart from the crowd, the Hamilton Ventura, with its asymmetric triangular case, seems almost like the designers of the time activated ‘cheat mode’ before rolling it out into the market. It shouldn’t be so cool. It shouldn’t be so identifiable more than half a century on, but because it broke the mould so startlingly, it is hard to do anything remotely similar without people comparing it to the Hamilton Ventura. And so, with the perfectly timed release of what was to become a classic, Hamilton somewhat sewed-up that corner of the market.
Looking back at the model worn by Elvis provides a stark contrast with the latest addition to the Hamilton Ventura family. The Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 is much larger, comes in a black PVD option, and sports a flash of colour on the dial – orange integers mark out the minutes between 12 and 3 o’clock, coordinating nicely with a seconds hand, which will either sweep or step depending on your movement choice.
That’s right! With wearer comfort and choice in mind, Hamilton have decided to release this watch, which measure 44.6mm at the widest point of the shield, in a combination of calibres and strap materials. The automatic version will be in black PVD, with the choice between a sporty black rubber strap or a black leather stitched version. The quartz version will be produced in stainless steel, with a selection of straps available. You can choose between black rubber, black leather, or a cleverly integrated bracelet that features unusually shaped articulation points to ensure the case flows seamlessly into the bracelet.
The watch runs on Hamilton’s H-10 movement, which has a power reserve of 80 hours. Add into the mix that you’re getting a slice of history when you strap one of these black behemoths onto your wrist, and the price seems eminently reasonable. Sure, in terms of performance and complication, it is no better than other Hamiltons in this bracket. But the Hamilton Ventura styling gives it that je ne sais quois that makes it more likely to hold its value in years to come. I am pretty sure that Elvis himself would have approved of this update, especially the black with black rubber. It would sit nicely on his wrist, matching his edgy biker jacket, and hip-swinging swagger to a tee.
Complete Set including the Original Bill of Sale from the Hamilton Boutique Edouard Genton in France. Really makes a statement!
MODEL: Ventura Elvis80
MOVEMENT: Swiss – Automatic – 80 Hour Power Reserve
CASE: Black PVD Stainless Steel
DIAL: Black Dial with Orange accents
CONDITION: Preowned – As-New!
BOXES/PAPERS: Complete Original box set with original Bill of Sale & Instruction Manual/Warranty book – everything you see in the pictures!
WATER RESISTANCE: – 50m
STRAP/BRACELET: – Original Hamilton Black Leather Strap with signed Black stainless steel buckle.
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