How Hamilton Watch Co. Won World War II

As the United States marks the 60th anniversary of its entry into World War II, there is a story from that conflict worth retelling. It is the tale of a watch company in Pennsylvania's Amish farm country, whose accurate timekeepers were essential to the Allied Forces' victories. It is the story of how Hamilton Watch Co. (today owned by The Swatch Group) helped win World War II. Renowned accuracy. Hamilton's wartime contributions took many forms, but most obvious to the nation's sons and daughters in uniform were its watches, long known for their accuracy. That aspect of Hamilton's World War II story actually began 50 years earlier. In 1891, an engineer's inaccurate pocket watch led to a terrible train crash near Cleveland, Ohio. Afterward, an industry commission devised standards of precise timekeeping for pocket watches (there were no wristwatches yet) used by railroad personnel. Th
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