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The Hamilton Electric 500

Hamilton introduced the first battery powered wrist watch today in 1957.


"Battery life was relatively short, for one thing, so while winding was no longer necessary, frequent battery replacement — in some ways a more arduous chore — was. And “newer” doesn’t always mean “better,” which the 500 proved by being prone to failure, making it less reliable than the standard wind-up watch."
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