The Lancaster 145 (46mm)

The Lancaster 145 (46mm)

The Lancaster 145 (46mm)
The Lancaster 145 (46mm)
The Lancaster 145 (46mm)
The Lancaster 145 (46mm)
The Lancaster 145 (46mm)
The Lancaster 145 (46mm)
The Lancaster 145 (46mm)
The Lancaster 145 (46mm)
The Lancaster 145 (46mm)
The Lancaster 145 (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 145 unique: Today, we're excited to showcase this luxurious and stylish piece originally manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Company — the Lancaster 145. Initially produced in 1935, this stunning timepiece features dark numerals that display pleasingly against the light-cream-colored dial. The watch's dial also has breathtaking merlot hour and minute hands. We matched Hamilton's original pocket watch with our robust and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case and nickel-plated crown, adding even more glimmering elegance to the watch's design. Our Machined Titanium case boasts a transparent back, enabling watch enthusiasts to view this piece's remarkable inner workings. You can view the timepiece's 912-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish, pendant setting, and black inlay color. The watch's back also boasts luxurious gold-plated gears powered by 17 screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. To top it all off, we equipped the watch with our comfortable and stylish Merlot leather watch strap that pairs perfectly with the hour and minute hands. The Hamilton Watch Company originally manufactured the Lancaster 145's pocket watch in 1935 — the same year that Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company and the American Can Company debuted the first canned beer. The American Can Company initially attempted to produce canned beer in 1909, but they were unsuccessful. In 1933 — the same year that prohibition ended — the company created a pressurized can and a coating that prevented beer from experiencing a chemical reaction with the tin material. Canned beer was an immediate success, and the American Can Company and Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company sold more than 200 million cans when they became available to the public in 1935. During World War II, the invention became an overwhelming success because brewing companies could ship beer overseas to US soldiers.

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 3423816 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 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Sandblasted 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:  3423816
  • Manufacture Year:  1935
  • 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 145 unique: Today, we're excited to showcase this luxurious and stylish piece originally manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Company — the Lancaster 145. Initially produced in 1935, this stunning timepiece features dark numerals that display pleasingly against the light-cream-colored dial. The watch's dial also has breathtaking merlot hour and minute hands. We matched Hamilton's original pocket watch with our robust and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case and nickel-plated crown, adding even more glimmering elegance to the watch's design. Our Machined Titanium case boasts a transparent back, enabling watch enthusiasts to view this piece's remarkable inner workings. You can view the timepiece's 912-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish, pendant setting, and black inlay color. The watch's back also boasts luxurious gold-plated gears powered by 17 screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. To top it all off, we equipped the watch with our comfortable and stylish Merlot leather watch strap that pairs perfectly with the hour and minute hands. The Hamilton Watch Company originally manufactured the Lancaster 145's pocket watch in 1935 — the same year that Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company and the American Can Company debuted the first canned beer. The American Can Company initially attempted to produce canned beer in 1909, but they were unsuccessful. In 1933 — the same year that prohibition ended — the company created a pressurized can and a coating that prevented beer from experiencing a chemical reaction with the tin material. Canned beer was an immediate success, and the American Can Company and Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company sold more than 200 million cans when they became available to the public in 1935. During World War II, the invention became an overwhelming success because brewing companies could ship beer overseas to US soldiers.

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