The Lancaster 169 (47mm)
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The Lancaster 169 (47mm)

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The Lancaster 169 (47mm)
The Lancaster 169 (47mm)
The Lancaster 169 (47mm)
The Lancaster 169 (47mm)
The Lancaster 169 (47mm)
The Lancaster 169 (47mm)
The Lancaster 169 (47mm)
The Lancaster 169 (47mm)
The Lancaster 169 (47mm)
The Lancaster 169 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Lancaster 169 unique: Today, we’re thrilled to feature this exquisite piece of manufacturing history that was first released by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1931 — the Lancaster 169. This remarkable watch displays stylish black numerals and a helpful subdial against its fashionable light-yellow background. The watch face also boasts brilliant blued steel extra heavy spade & whip watch hands. We matched this sophisticated and stylish pocket watch with our robust Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown that matches the dial’s distinct background. On the back of the watch, you can view its antique 912-grade open-face movement with a Reed regulator, nickel finish, and pendant setting. The watch’s movement also features sumptuous-looking gold-plated gears and 17 stunning screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we equipped this one-of-a-kind piece of history with our stylish, artisan-designed Stout leather watch strap, complementing the piece’s gorgeous details.

The Hamilton Watch Company initially produced the Lancaster 169’s pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1931 — the same year that American physical chemist Harold Urey discovered Deuterium, one of hydrogen’s stable isotopes. Urey was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1934 for his discovery, but he missed the ceremony in order to attend the birth of his daughter. The highly acclaimed chemist went on to work on the Manhattan Project, where he played an integral role in the development of the atom bomb.

Movement Manufacturer Information

The movement inside of this watch was made by Hamilton Watch Company. We call this model "The Lancaster" because the company was located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Hamilton is named after famous Pennsylvanian Alexander Hamilton and is the result of multiple re-organizations of attempted watch companies in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1892, Hamilton had a reputation for superior quality and maintained half of the railroad watch market share during some of the most prolific years of American railroad history. During World War II, Hamilton was integral to the production of accurate timepieces for the Military. Deemed "the watch that won the war," the company established an employee-run newsletter so that employees turned soldiers could keep up with life at the factory. While the original factory still stands as luxury apartments, the company stopped producing watches in the US in 1969. Hamilton now produces watches in Switzerland and is owned by the Swatch Group.

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 47mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 3341450
  • Manufacture Year: 1931
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Lancaster 169 unique: Today, we’re thrilled to feature this exquisite piece of manufacturing history that was first released by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1931 — the Lancaster 169. This remarkable watch displays stylish black numerals and a helpful subdial against its fashionable light-yellow background. The watch face also boasts brilliant blued steel extra heavy spade & whip watch hands. We matched this sophisticated and stylish pocket watch with our robust Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown that matches the dial’s distinct background. On the back of the watch, you can view its antique 912-grade open-face movement with a Reed regulator, nickel finish, and pendant setting. The watch’s movement also features sumptuous-looking gold-plated gears and 17 stunning screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we equipped this one-of-a-kind piece of history with our stylish, artisan-designed Stout leather watch strap, complementing the piece’s gorgeous details.

The Hamilton Watch Company initially produced the Lancaster 169’s pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1931 — the same year that American physical chemist Harold Urey discovered Deuterium, one of hydrogen’s stable isotopes. Urey was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1934 for his discovery, but he missed the ceremony in order to attend the birth of his daughter. The highly acclaimed chemist went on to work on the Manhattan Project, where he played an integral role in the development of the atom bomb.

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