Lancaster 844 Diver
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
We’ve joined forces with our friends at 10:25 Vintage, a New York-based operation with a shared enthusiasm for interesting vintage timepieces, to bring you a robust handpicked collection that is both exceptional and affordable. Perfect for the discerning collector on a budget, these pieces provide an excellent entry point to the joys of vintage watches.
To tell the story of this watch, we need to tell the story of an obscure but important company called Georges Monnin, SA. They specialized in tooling, making cases and assembling watches. They designed the case this watch lives in, known as the 844, sometime in the mid 1970s.
The Monnin 844 was an instant hit, and taking a look at it, it’s easy to see why. It has all the hallmarks of a proper diver including pointed crown guards, a unidirectional bezel, and a comfortable 40.5mm diameter. Used by brands throughout the industry in a variety of executions, the Monnin 844 even housed Heuer’s first dive watch, helping to save them from financial ruin and leading to an award-winning line that continues with today’s Aquaracer.
This particular execution is an early one, dating to circa 1976. Inside the distinctive case, it features a gloss black dial with bold markers, stick hands, and a Bakelite bezel in a red and black “coke” color pattern.
Lancaster is one of those brands that seems to have been lost to the sands of time. They were likely one of the dozens, if not hundreds, of brands taking advantage of the concentration of high quality parts in the Swiss Alps to build their own watches. But with sharp looks, an interesting history, and a time-tested ETA movement, this piece checks all of the vintage diver boxes without breaking a sweat.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Lancaster 844 Diver