The Lancaster 163 (47mm)
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The Lancaster 163 (47mm)

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The Lancaster 163 (47mm)
The Lancaster 163 (47mm)
The Lancaster 163 (47mm)
The Lancaster 163 (47mm)
The Lancaster 163 (47mm)
The Lancaster 163 (47mm)
The Lancaster 163 (47mm)
The Lancaster 163 (47mm)
The Lancaster 163 (47mm)
The Lancaster 163 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Lancaster 163 unique: We’re happy to showcase this marvelous piece of history that dates back to 1936 — the Lancaster 163. Our stunning wristwatch features an antique pocket watch originally produced by the Hamilton Watch Company, and it boasts a breathtaking aged dial with distinctly-styled black numerals that look absolutely stunning against the piece’s light-tan background. The face also displays a unique, rotating subdial and nickel-plated solid diamond kite watch hands. We matched this sophisticated pocket watch with our powerful Bronzed Titanium case and topped it off with a nickel-plated crown. Our Bronzed Titanium case offers more than just style — it also includes an open back that reveals the pocket watch’s antique 912-grade open-face movement with a Reed regulator, nickel finish, and pendant setting. The movement also features sumptuous-looking gold-plated gears and 17 gorgeous screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we equipped this one-of-a-kind piece with our unique, hand-crafted Yukon leather watch strap, adding more rugged flair to the final product.

The Hamilton Watch Company first released the Lancaster 163’s pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1936 — the same year that Congress enacted the Rural Electrification Act. This act was one of the proposals within President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, and it provided rural areas with access to electricity. Although electricity was already common in cities at the time, people living on farms and other remote areas across the country largely lacked access before the act passed and was implemented.

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: Gunmetal Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 3441743
  • Manufacture Year: 1936
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Lancaster 163 unique: We’re happy to showcase this marvelous piece of history that dates back to 1936 — the Lancaster 163. Our stunning wristwatch features an antique pocket watch originally produced by the Hamilton Watch Company, and it boasts a breathtaking aged dial with distinctly-styled black numerals that look absolutely stunning against the piece’s light-tan background. The face also displays a unique, rotating subdial and nickel-plated solid diamond kite watch hands. We matched this sophisticated pocket watch with our powerful Bronzed Titanium case and topped it off with a nickel-plated crown. Our Bronzed Titanium case offers more than just style — it also includes an open back that reveals the pocket watch’s antique 912-grade open-face movement with a Reed regulator, nickel finish, and pendant setting. The movement also features sumptuous-looking gold-plated gears and 17 gorgeous screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we equipped this one-of-a-kind piece with our unique, hand-crafted Yukon leather watch strap, adding more rugged flair to the final product.

The Hamilton Watch Company first released the Lancaster 163’s pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1936 — the same year that Congress enacted the Rural Electrification Act. This act was one of the proposals within President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, and it provided rural areas with access to electricity. Although electricity was already common in cities at the time, people living on farms and other remote areas across the country largely lacked access before the act passed and was implemented.

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