The Lancaster 176 (47mm)
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The Lancaster 176 (47mm)

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The Lancaster 176 (47mm)
The Lancaster 176 (47mm)
The Lancaster 176 (47mm)
The Lancaster 176 (47mm)
The Lancaster 176 (47mm)
The Lancaster 176 (47mm)
The Lancaster 176 (47mm)
The Lancaster 176 (47mm)
The Lancaster 176 (47mm)
The Lancaster 176 (47mm)

Watch Description

What makes the Lancaster 176 unique: We’re thrilled to present to you this one-of-a-kind piece of American history that was initially released by the Hamilton Watch Company — the Lancaster 176. This watch is truly breathtaking and features an aged tan-colored dial with an intricate center design pattern and subdial. You can also see the watch’s stylish black numerals and gleaming violet spade & whip hands that stand out against a patinaed backdrop. We encased this charming pocket watch within our robust Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a copper crown, making this eye-catching watch even more stunning. On the watch’s rear side, our exhibition back allows you to view this original 912-grade open-face movement with remarkable details, including its Reed regulator, nickel finish, and pendant setting. You can also see the watch’s sumptuous and enthralling gold-plated gears as well as 17 screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we equipped the watch with our Stone leather watch strap that complements our Machined Titanium case while drawing more attention to the watch's impressive dial.

The Hamilton Watch Company originally manufactured the piece’s pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1926 — the same year actress and singer Norma Jean Mortenson, better known by her stage name Marilyn Monroe, was born in Los Angeles, CA. Monroe started her groundbreaking career as a pin-up model, which led to her landing minor film roles in the late 1940s and early 1950s in movies such as The Asphalt Jungle, Clash by Night, and We’re Not Married! In 1953, she rose to fame as a Golden Age Hollywood lead actress with the films Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and How to Marry a Millionaire. She then went on to solidify her place in film and pop culture history by starring in The Seven Year Itch in 1955 and Some Like It Hot in 1959. Tragically, Monroe died from a barbiturate overdose at age 36 in 1962.

Movement Manufacturer Information

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

Originally called the Springfield Watch Company, Illinois came to Springfield, Illinois in 1869 while the "modern" watch industry was fairly new but highly promising. City officials felt that the addition of industry to the city of Springfield would be excellent for the city's growth. However, after a series of failures and re-brandings, the company had a slow start until 1903 when they decided to manufacture high-quality watches only. Eventually making some of the most beautiful watches of their time, the company sold to Hamilton in 1927. Hamilton continued producing watches under the Illinois name for some time, but the original Springfield factory no longer stands.

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: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 3259697
  • Manufacture Year: 1926
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
What makes the Lancaster 176 unique: We’re thrilled to present to you this one-of-a-kind piece of American history that was initially released by the Hamilton Watch Company — the Lancaster 176. This watch is truly breathtaking and features an aged tan-colored dial with an intricate center design pattern and subdial. You can also see the watch’s stylish black numerals and gleaming violet spade & whip hands that stand out against a patinaed backdrop. We encased this charming pocket watch within our robust Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a copper crown, making this eye-catching watch even more stunning. On the watch’s rear side, our exhibition back allows you to view this original 912-grade open-face movement with remarkable details, including its Reed regulator, nickel finish, and pendant setting. You can also see the watch’s sumptuous and enthralling gold-plated gears as well as 17 screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we equipped the watch with our Stone leather watch strap that complements our Machined Titanium case while drawing more attention to the watch's impressive dial.

The Hamilton Watch Company originally manufactured the piece’s pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1926 — the same year actress and singer Norma Jean Mortenson, better known by her stage name Marilyn Monroe, was born in Los Angeles, CA. Monroe started her groundbreaking career as a pin-up model, which led to her landing minor film roles in the late 1940s and early 1950s in movies such as The Asphalt Jungle, Clash by Night, and We’re Not Married! In 1953, she rose to fame as a Golden Age Hollywood lead actress with the films Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and How to Marry a Millionaire. She then went on to solidify her place in film and pop culture history by starring in The Seven Year Itch in 1955 and Some Like It Hot in 1959. Tragically, Monroe died from a barbiturate overdose at age 36 in 1962.

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