Watches

  • Hamilton Watch

    Of all the watch brands available today, Hamilton has a uniquely American history, spanning everything from wartime production to the development of airplanes to the glamor of Hollywood.

    The company was founded  in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892. Hamilton’s quality was soon well-known across the United States.

    By 1912, Hamilton Watch began providing accurate pocket watches for the American railroad system. H78719553_PR_4_mid_7923In 1914, the company became the official timepiece supplier to the American armed forces. Only a few years after that, a Hamilton aeronautical watch was used by the first American airmail postal service. By the 1930’s, Hamilton was a watchword for style and reliability in commercial airlines and military operations alike.

    That dedication to the Armed Forces was put to the test at the start of World War II. In 1942, Hamilton ceased selling watches to consumers and concentrated on making timepieces exclusively for the American armed forces. They shipped out a million timepieces over the course of World War II, including over ten thousand cutting-edge marine chronometers.

    After the war, Hamilton returned to the American public, and soon became the brand name of Hollywood. Hamilton watches appeared in the 1951 film “The Frogmen,”  the first of many World War II movies that would include Hamilton equipment. Hamilton soon furnished many other Hollywood productions, including Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” and Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Today, Hamilton watches have appeared in movies like “Men in Black”, “Independence Day”, and “You’ve Got Mail”. Every year since 2006, the company has also sponsored the Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards, which gives credit to the people behind the scenes of Hollywood films.

    Along the way, Hamilton continued to be a pioneer in watch technology. In 1957 they offered the world’s first electric watch, and in 1970 they sold the first LED digital watch. It wasn’t until

    2003 that Hamilton’s major watch production moved from the United States to Biel, Switzerland. Even now, the company has a uniquely American blend of style, adventure, and dedication that makes any of their products a worthwhile addition to your timekeeping collection.

    The Tick Tock Shop is a proud Hamilton provider. Take a look at some of these great products currently available:

  • New Products

    We are excited to announce our newest watch brands!

    All of these brands bring something unique to our already extensive watch inventory.

     

    Tense Watches

    Tense Watches designs high-quality wooden watches. They are made from 100% recycled or reclaimed wood and are powered by Miyota Watch Movements from Japan. Each watch is manufactured by hand in their workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Read more about them here on our blog.

     

    Vostok Europe

    Vostok-Europe watches represent an unprecedented alliance of European and Russian timekeeping. By combining the watch-producing team in Vilnius, Lithuania with the largest Russian watch manufacturer Vostok the result is a unique fusion of tradition, innovation and cost-effective style. These rugged watches offer unique styling with a story behind each design. Read about one of their new models, the Energia here on our blog.

     

    Coming soon: Kronaby

  • Seiko's Story

    Seiko has been a pillar of the international timekeeping business since they were first established in Japan in 1881. They lay claim to a host of innovative landmarks; Seiko designed Japan’s first wristwatch in 1913, created Japan’s first television ad in 1953, and sold the world’s first quartz wrist-watch (the Seiko Quartz-Astron) in 1969. The multifunction digital watch that we all take for granted today was first offered by Seiko in 1975, and the first watch with computer functions was Seiko’s UC-2000, released in 1984. Seiko has been on the very front lines of new watch technology for nearly two centuries.

    Any one of these feats would make Seiko a brand name to reckon with. Their consistently cutting-edge developments with quartz are particularly impressive. Seiko’s quartz time pieces (which initially took up entire rooms, but eventually became smaller and sleeker) have been used as the official timers of global sporting events since the Olympics in 1964 because of their reliable accuracy.  Up until the Seiko Quartz-Astron in 1953, quartz clocks were extremely accurate, but much too bulky to carry around. Seiko found the perfect design to protect the fragile quartz crystal in clocks from jostling or buckling under changing temperature and pressure, even in a small and compact mechanism. They also designed a new battery that would run a quartz mechanism for up to a year without changing, which was record-breaking at the time.

    The first Quartz-Astron was incredibly expensive (the Seiko website compares it to the price of a small car in 1953), but its impacts were indisputable. By creating a quartz wrist-watch that anyone could buy, Seiko revolutionized the way that individuals marked and tracked their minutes, hours, and days. In many ways, this marks the start of our modern obsession with exact timekeeping. Seiko’s quartz technology designs are now used in televisions, computers, and even digital cameras.

    Swiss clock makers were hot on the heels of Seiko’s quartz developments, and many companies offer similarly intricate digital and computer devices that compare to Seiko’s offerings today. Despite this, Seiko has a proven history of quality, innovation, and reliability that make them a stand-out choice in the global clock and watch market no matter what country you come from. The company still holds the world’s highest-ever score from the Geneva competition for the “best mechanical chronometer” (and that prestige may have resulted in the Geneva competition being open only to European companies every year after that.) The award was well-deserved, and the same impressive legacy of Seiko is available to you today, right here at the Tick Tock Shop.

  • Tense Watches

    Introducing our newest watch brand: Tense watches. There are many wood watch options on the market, but we have hesitated to sell any because of our experience with quality problems. Cheap wood watches are prone to break and leak, are difficult to adjust to size without damaging the bracelet, and can lose pin attachments as the wood expands and contracts. Because it was a living material, wood is much trickier to make into a functional watch. Through research and comparing different products, we have found Tense Watches to be a brand that we are comfortable recommending. With over 40 years’ experience, they are one of the oldest wood watch manufacturers, and as a result have worked out the difficulties of manufacturing a quality wooden timepiece that will stand up to real world wearing conditions.

    Here is a little about the brand from their web site:

    Tense (noun): A set of forms taken by a verb to indicate time; One moment in time in relation to another moment in time. Past, present, future.

    Tense Watches designs high quality wooden watches. They are made from 100% recycled or reclaimed wood, and are powered by Miyota Watch Movements from Japan. Each watch is manufactured by hand in our workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    Our products are designed and built around our core beliefs in quality and craftsmanship. In 1957, Ken P. Lau started his profession as a clock designer. He pioneered experimentation with natural components, such as wood and stone. In 1968, Ken moved his focus to wristwatches, and in 1971 Tense Wooden Watches was founded. To this day, Ken brings his almost 50 years of experience as a crafter of timepieces to the office.

    We like the fact that Tense Watches are made in North America and as a result we can get repair parts if necessary. We like their design, for the quality aspect, but also because they are great looking watches. If you have never tried a wood watch on your wrist, you are in for a surprise. A solid wood case and bracelet makes a unique feeling product that brings a smile to your face. A recent addition to the Tense Watch lineup is their hybrid collection. Made of surgical steel with wood accents, these watches utilize the best of both materials. With sapphire crystals, Swiss movements, and water resistance from 3 ATM to 5 ATM, Tense Watches continue to show their commitment to quality. Oh, and they look great too!

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