The Lancaster 152 (46mm)

The Lancaster 152 (46mm)

The Lancaster 152 (46mm)
The Lancaster 152 (46mm)
The Lancaster 152 (46mm)
The Lancaster 152 (46mm)
The Lancaster 152 (46mm)
The Lancaster 152 (46mm)
The Lancaster 152 (46mm)
The Lancaster 152 (46mm)
The Lancaster 152 (46mm)
The Lancaster 152 (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 152 unique: We are pleased to be able to showcase another one of our Bronzed Titanium cases on this exquisite timepiece from the Hamilton Watch Company, our Lancaster 152. We have a lot of requests for a bronze option within our lineup of watches, and this process turns the case color to mimic bronze, without the long-term aging that a bronze case will get over time. We love the pairing of the gold-colored numerals with our gold-plated crown and hardware. The vertical accents on the dial add to the visual appeal that draws you in and is continued into the stitching on this oxblood cordovan strap. As we turn the watch over to reveal this 916-grade movement, we see more of this incredible craftsmanship with these perfectly machined Geneva lines that decorate the entire 3/4 bridge plate. Stainless steel hardware holds all 17 screw-set jewels in place and brings some shimmer to add to the precious metal gears that show from beneath. This watch was originally manufactured in Lancaster, Pennsylvania by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1926.

In November of this same year, the United States officially established the numbered highway system, including the world-famous Route 66. It was originally built as a way to easily travel from Chicago, Illinois to Las Angeles, California. The country fell deep into the deep depression by 1929 and construction was hard to keep on track due to the economic crisis across the country. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stepped in and made the highway part of his “New Deal” that was eventually passed, and the project was finally completed in 1938.

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 3119287 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: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  3119287
  • Manufacture Year:  1926
  • 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 152 unique: We are pleased to be able to showcase another one of our Bronzed Titanium cases on this exquisite timepiece from the Hamilton Watch Company, our Lancaster 152. We have a lot of requests for a bronze option within our lineup of watches, and this process turns the case color to mimic bronze, without the long-term aging that a bronze case will get over time. We love the pairing of the gold-colored numerals with our gold-plated crown and hardware. The vertical accents on the dial add to the visual appeal that draws you in and is continued into the stitching on this oxblood cordovan strap. As we turn the watch over to reveal this 916-grade movement, we see more of this incredible craftsmanship with these perfectly machined Geneva lines that decorate the entire 3/4 bridge plate. Stainless steel hardware holds all 17 screw-set jewels in place and brings some shimmer to add to the precious metal gears that show from beneath. This watch was originally manufactured in Lancaster, Pennsylvania by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1926.

In November of this same year, the United States officially established the numbered highway system, including the world-famous Route 66. It was originally built as a way to easily travel from Chicago, Illinois to Las Angeles, California. The country fell deep into the deep depression by 1929 and construction was hard to keep on track due to the economic crisis across the country. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stepped in and made the highway part of his “New Deal” that was eventually passed, and the project was finally completed in 1938.

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