|Model:||Cross Country II|
|Material:||Gold & Stainless steel|
|Size - diameter excluding winding crown:||34mm|
|Size - length including lugs:||41mm|
Beautiful and excellent condition Hamilton Cross Country watch with 5 hands indicating different time zone. The watch comes with a round outer silver metallic dial with raised gold hour division, gold hands. An inner black rotating disk with different colored arrows marked “C” (central), “M” (mountain), “P” (pacific), “E” (east coast) and “G” for (Greenwich Mean Time, indirect center sweep seconds hand) that represent all four US time zones plus the Greenwich one (United Kingdom). Outer dial marked Hamilton, crown with “H” logo at 3 o’clock winds and sets hands. It is a manual winding movement detached. The case is gold-filed 10kt with a stainless steel back. The Cross Country watch was launched in 1956. Inside the case comes the movement R641956.
Two models released in 1955 were available: the Cross Country and Trans-Continental. These very clever pieces were designed by Hamilton's head watchmaker, Dick Slaugh, after he became frustrated readjusting his watch for the different time zones during a cross-country airplane trip.
Hamilton advertisement proclaims:
"Hamilton's new Time Zone watches tell what time it is anywhere in the US, at a glance." A similar Cross Country watch can be seen in American Watches by Edward Faber and Stewart Unger, page 221; see also the Transcontinental.
Hamilton expected these to appeal to business travelers, but apparently this was too small a customer base (maybe back in 1950s), and sales were a failure. It is interesting that dual and multi time timepieces are well accepted today.
The company was founded in 1892 and in 1900, over 50% of the population had a watch from Hamilton Watch Co in Lancaster, PA. In 1915, Hamilton started the production of the caliber 986. During the art deco period, Hamilton had tremendous success with the “Coronado”, “Spur” and “Piping Rock”. Then came the 982 calibre in the 1930’s and the famous caliber 500. In 1937, the company supplied the US army. In 1966, Hamilton took over Buren watch. In 1969, it stopped to produce mechanical watch in the US. Then came the revolutionary “Pulsar”. Today, the company is own by the Swatch Group.
The watch is a Cross Country II with movement caliber 735, size 8, 18 jewels, indirect sweep seconds, incabloc shock protection and screwless balance wheel.
Diameter excluding winding crown: 34mm
Length including lugs: 41mm