The Lancaster 114 (46mm)

The Lancaster 114 (46mm)

The Lancaster 114 (46mm)
The Lancaster 114 (46mm)
The Lancaster 114 (46mm)
The Lancaster 114 (46mm)
The Lancaster 114 (46mm)
The Lancaster 114 (46mm)
The Lancaster 114 (46mm)
The Lancaster 114 (46mm)
The Lancaster 114 (46mm)
The Lancaster 114 (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.

What makes the Lancaster 114 unique: Today we bring you this gorgeous watch from the Hamilton Watch Company, our very own Lancaster 114. The soft feel of the case is the first thing that draws us in, taking time to focus on the finer details of this wonderfully aged dial. We love the look of these gold-colored numerals that have worn down slightly with age and decided to pair our gold-plated crown and hardware to bring attention to them. These spade hands are absolutely stunning and contrast the soft look of the dial nicely. The movement inside of this watch is one of our favorites to work with, the 912 grade from Hamilton. These distinctive Geneva lines that have been machined across the different build plates are something we really enjoy about these movements, as well as the spiral patterns on the mainspring barrel and crown wheel. 17 screw-set jewels and stainless steel hardware throughout add to the visual appeal of the beautiful watch. Originally produced in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1924, this watch proves itself time and time again over the course of its life and continues to impress us to this day. The Hamilton Watch Company was named after James Hamilton who was the son of Andrew Hamilton. Hamilton was a Scottish-born attorney who had originally laid out and founded Lancaster County. He was also the original owner of the property that the company owned and operated on.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. We use pressurized, fine glass beads in a sandblasting chamber to soften the edges and make the finish uniform. 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 3226526 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
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Sandblasted Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  3226526
  • Manufacture Year:  1924
  • 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
What makes the Lancaster 114 unique: Today we bring you this gorgeous watch from the Hamilton Watch Company, our very own Lancaster 114. The soft feel of the case is the first thing that draws us in, taking time to focus on the finer details of this wonderfully aged dial. We love the look of these gold-colored numerals that have worn down slightly with age and decided to pair our gold-plated crown and hardware to bring attention to them. These spade hands are absolutely stunning and contrast the soft look of the dial nicely. The movement inside of this watch is one of our favorites to work with, the 912 grade from Hamilton. These distinctive Geneva lines that have been machined across the different build plates are something we really enjoy about these movements, as well as the spiral patterns on the mainspring barrel and crown wheel. 17 screw-set jewels and stainless steel hardware throughout add to the visual appeal of the beautiful watch. Originally produced in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1924, this watch proves itself time and time again over the course of its life and continues to impress us to this day. The Hamilton Watch Company was named after James Hamilton who was the son of Andrew Hamilton. Hamilton was a Scottish-born attorney who had originally laid out and founded Lancaster County. He was also the original owner of the property that the company owned and operated on.

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