The Lancaster 180 (47mm)
285 reviews

The Lancaster 180 (47mm)

Want to see more watches like this?

Subscribe to the Vortic newsletter to be the first to know when new watches are released.

The Lancaster 180 (47mm)
The Lancaster 180 (47mm)
The Lancaster 180 (47mm)
The Lancaster 180 (47mm)
The Lancaster 180 (47mm)
The Lancaster 180 (47mm)
The Lancaster 180 (47mm)
The Lancaster 180 (47mm)
The Lancaster 180 (47mm)
The Lancaster 180 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Lancaster 180 unique: We’re happy to showcase this unforgettable antique watch that was initially released by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1929 — the Lancaster 180. This stunning piece of American manufacturing history boasts an aged tan dial with a distinct white center. The front of this splendid watch also displays a helpful subdial, light-gold-colored numerals, and eye-catching violet arrow watch hands. We encased this beautiful pocket watch within our Bronzed Titanium case and topped it off with a copper crown. The case and crown’s colors complement the dial’s unique palette. On the back of the watch, you can view its historic 912-grade open-face movement with a Reed regulator, double roller safety action, and ¾ plate. The watch’s rear side also displays luxurious details including 17 screw-set jewels and robust gold-plated gears. Finally, we paired this one-of-a-kind piece with our comfortable Moss leather watch strap, which perfectly suits the watch’s distinct and sophisticated style.

The Hamilton Watch Company originally manufactured this splendid pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1929 — the same year that the first guide dog school opened in the United States. Dorothy Harrison Eustis and Elliot S. Humphrey opened the The Seeing Eye guide dog school in Nashville, Tennessee. Some German schools had already experimented using dogs to guide the visually impaired during World War I, when numerous German soldiers suffered injuries that caused partial or total blindness. Eustis learned about the Germans’ use of guide dogs while running a German shepherd breeding and training facility in Vevey, Switzerland. She wrote an article about the German seeing eye dogs called “The Seeing Eye.” The article was a big hit, and many visually impaired individuals reached out to Eustis in the hopes of obtaining a guide dog. A blind man named Morris Frank convinced Eustis to help him obtain a seeing eye dog so that he could become more independent.

Eustis didn’t yet have any experience working with guide dogs, but she and fellow trainer and geneticist Elliot S. Humphrey got to work researching and training guide dogs. They supplied Morris Frank with one of the first guide dogs, and they opened their facility in Frank's hometown — Nashville. The Seeing Eye remains one of the largest guide dog schools in the United States, and today, it’s located in Morristown, New Jersey.

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: Sandblasted Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 3313304
  • Manufacture Year: 1929
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Lancaster 180 unique: We’re happy to showcase this unforgettable antique watch that was initially released by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1929 — the Lancaster 180. This stunning piece of American manufacturing history boasts an aged tan dial with a distinct white center. The front of this splendid watch also displays a helpful subdial, light-gold-colored numerals, and eye-catching violet arrow watch hands. We encased this beautiful pocket watch within our Bronzed Titanium case and topped it off with a copper crown. The case and crown’s colors complement the dial’s unique palette. On the back of the watch, you can view its historic 912-grade open-face movement with a Reed regulator, double roller safety action, and ¾ plate. The watch’s rear side also displays luxurious details including 17 screw-set jewels and robust gold-plated gears. Finally, we paired this one-of-a-kind piece with our comfortable Moss leather watch strap, which perfectly suits the watch’s distinct and sophisticated style.

The Hamilton Watch Company originally manufactured this splendid pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1929 — the same year that the first guide dog school opened in the United States. Dorothy Harrison Eustis and Elliot S. Humphrey opened the The Seeing Eye guide dog school in Nashville, Tennessee. Some German schools had already experimented using dogs to guide the visually impaired during World War I, when numerous German soldiers suffered injuries that caused partial or total blindness. Eustis learned about the Germans’ use of guide dogs while running a German shepherd breeding and training facility in Vevey, Switzerland. She wrote an article about the German seeing eye dogs called “The Seeing Eye.” The article was a big hit, and many visually impaired individuals reached out to Eustis in the hopes of obtaining a guide dog. A blind man named Morris Frank convinced Eustis to help him obtain a seeing eye dog so that he could become more independent.

Eustis didn’t yet have any experience working with guide dogs, but she and fellow trainer and geneticist Elliot S. Humphrey got to work researching and training guide dogs. They supplied Morris Frank with one of the first guide dogs, and they opened their facility in Frank's hometown — Nashville. The Seeing Eye remains one of the largest guide dog schools in the United States, and today, it’s located in Morristown, New Jersey.

The Movement

The Story

The Strap

Buy Now, Pay Over Time WithAffirm Logo