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HAMILTON HISTORY (PAGE 4)

Following this the Hamilton Watch Company was founded in 1892 and set out to serve the railroad market with accurate timepieces. The rugged, precision watch that Hamilton produced became a favorite among railroad watch inspectors and personnel. In fulfilling the railroads' requirements for accuracy, it also filled the needs of the general public for a timepiece of high quality. By the turn of the century it came to be known as "Hamilton--The Railroad Timekeeper of America."

In World War I American doughboys in Europe found the small wristwatch a much greater convenience than the pocket-size timepiece. While this trend caused a shift in American watch production. The wristwatch was not a new discovery. History records that in 1517 Queen Elizabeth I was presented with a "wristlet in which was a cloche." It was the invention of the mainspring, or coiled spring, as a source of energy that made the wristwatch possible. This invention by Peter Henlein of Nuremberg, about 1511, resulted in the manufacture of heavy, egg-shaped watches with only a single hand which indicated the hours. Aptly called Nuremberg eggs, they were used mostly by watchmen, from which the name "watch" is derived.

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