Space-Age Hamilton Ventura Gets an Elvis-Inspired Modern Day Makeover.
The iconic Hamilton Ventura could be 64 years old this year but, in its current guise, it’s arguably never looked younger .
In its new Elvis80 Skeleton form, which is out there in black/red and rose gold PVD-coated chrome steel versions, the watch’s Powermatic 80 movement and its Côtes de Genève stripes are visible beneath a skeletonised dial formed of lightning bolts.
Yes, the Ventura’s outrageous lines may need been tempered a degree by the modern-day Elvis80 case shape, but that only serves to form the Ventura a more wearable, everyday proposition. If anything, the rose gold version makes us ponder whether the market would support a replacement solid gold Ventura, in tribute to the first 14k watches.
Back in 1957, when the Hamilton Ventura was released it had been the primary watch to completely embrace the planning language of the Atomic Age, somewhat appropriately as long as it had been also the primary electric watch, which powered its mechanical movement with A battery instead of a mainspring. In recent years the first case was redesigned for a more contemporary feel, named the Elvis80 after Presley who famously wore the watch in Blue Hawaii in 1961, one among Hamilton’s some 500 appearances on film.
The Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 Skeleton are going to be available soon via Hamilton, priced $1,795 USD.