The Lancaster 096 (46mm)

The Lancaster 096 (46mm)

The Lancaster 096 (46mm)
The Lancaster 096 (46mm)
The Lancaster 096 (46mm)
The Lancaster 096 (46mm)
The Lancaster 096 (46mm)
The Lancaster 096 (46mm)
The Lancaster 096 (46mm)
The Lancaster 096 (46mm)
The Lancaster 096 (46mm)
The Lancaster 096 (46mm)

Watch Description

The American mechanism inside this watch is not a replica or an "inspired" piece. It was genuinely carried by an individual, 100 years ago, that depended on it. Each time you wear this watch, you will be transported through time, imagining who this individual was and the work they did to help build our country. Simply put, American Artisan Series watches make you feel something when you put them on. At Vortic, we tell customers that owning a watch isn't nearly as important as owning a story. And, this is an opportunity to be a part of a story that is bigger than yourself. You won't be the first to own this watch, and you certainly won't be the last, so make your chapter count.

The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements. Individuals commonly scrap pocket watch cases for their precious metal, leaving the original mechanism orphaned. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880's - 1950's) pocket watch made by Hamilton Watch Company. We call this model "The Lancaster" because the company was located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The Lancaster 096 is the 96th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Lancaster" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch. The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements.

What makes the Lancaster 096 Unique: Here we bring you our elegant and beautiful Lancaster 096, a perfect way to finish off a week of amazing watches. This piece from Hamilton blends perfectly with the wonderful numerals reflecting the shine of the machined titanium case as well as our nickel-plated crown. Dark blue kite-shaped hands give a wonderful contrast to this crisp clean dial, paired perfectly with our dark navy strap. The light minute indicators around the outside of the numerals are part of the small touches that really pull everything together nicely. We love the 912 movement, always a consistent and reliable timepiece throughout the years. Powered by 17 jewels, screw-set with stainless steel hardware all throughout the build plate. A beautifully machined pattern carries throughout, along with an eye-catching spiral design on the mainspring barrel and crown wheel. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance shine through from underneath and bring some visual interest to the inner workings of this fantastic timepiece. This watch was originally manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1930. This is the same year that the very first diesel engine trip was completed, by the founder of Cummins, Clessie Cummins. The trip was from Indianapolis, Indiana, to New York City.

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Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. The case is intentionally left unpolished so the intricate tool marks made during the milling process remain visible. Titanium is the ultimate material for strength to weight ratio. Titanium has a darker look than steel, and due to its low thermal conductivity, feels warm to the touch. These characteristics create an enduring, highly wearable, distinctive piece.

Movement: The manually wound, antique, pocket watch movement inside this watch has been meticulously restored to as close to original condition as possible. Vortic has an exclusive group of highly experienced watchmakers that specialize in vintage watches. Before its use in a wristwatch, each movement is completely disassembled, cleaned, oiled, and calibrated. Each finished Vortic watch is tested for at least a week before completion.

This watch's movement is serial number from the Hamilton Watch Company. 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
  • Model Year: 2021
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17j
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
It looks like it would have been right at home on the wrist of Indiana Jones! This watch is a showpiece as much as it is as unique timepiece!
—John from Indiana
After receiving the watch in the mail, I was surprised to see the watch somehow looked better in person than it did in the photos. I didn't think that would be possible!
—Mark from Massachusetts
The skeleton back is amazing and the packaging was perfect. To honor the past with details like this is truly impressive.
—Brad from Florida
I own so called "high end" watches such as Rolex, Panerai, and Zenith but they pale in comparison to my two Vortic models which I wear everyday to work.
—Todd from Ohio

The Lancaster 096 is the 96th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Lancaster" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch. The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements.

What makes the Lancaster 096 Unique: Here we bring you our elegant and beautiful Lancaster 096, a perfect way to finish off a week of amazing watches. This piece from Hamilton blends perfectly with the wonderful numerals reflecting the shine of the machined titanium case as well as our nickel-plated crown. Dark blue kite-shaped hands give a wonderful contrast to this crisp clean dial, paired perfectly with our dark navy strap. The light minute indicators around the outside of the numerals are part of the small touches that really pull everything together nicely. We love the 912 movement, always a consistent and reliable timepiece throughout the years. Powered by 17 jewels, screw-set with stainless steel hardware all throughout the build plate. A beautifully machined pattern carries throughout, along with an eye-catching spiral design on the mainspring barrel and crown wheel. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance shine through from underneath and bring some visual interest to the inner workings of this fantastic timepiece. This watch was originally manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1930. This is the same year that the very first diesel engine trip was completed, by the founder of Cummins, Clessie Cummins. The trip was from Indianapolis, Indiana, to New York City.

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