The Lancaster 167 (46mm)

The Lancaster 167 (46mm)

The Lancaster 167 (46mm)
The Lancaster 167 (46mm)
The Lancaster 167 (46mm)
The Lancaster 167 (46mm)
The Lancaster 167 (46mm)
The Lancaster 167 (46mm)
The Lancaster 167 (46mm)
The Lancaster 167 (46mm)
The Lancaster 167 (46mm)
The Lancaster 167 (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 167 unique: Today, we’re enthused to showcase this marvelous piece of history initially produced by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1926 — the Lancaster 167. This stunning antique movement boasts a handsome cream-colored dial with an ornate, eye-catching center design pattern, as well as thin, dark-brown numerals and a matching subdial. Additionally, this piece features the original pocket watch’s blued steel diamond kite watch hands. We matched this splendid pocket watch with our powerful Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a nickel-plated crown to draw further attention to the watch's breathtaking dial. Our Machined Titanium case comes with a transparent back, boasting the pocket watch’s antique 912-grade open-face movement with a reed regulator, nickel finish, and pendant setting. The watch’s movement also features attractive engravings with a black inlay color, including “Hamilton Watch Co. Lancaster, PA,” corroborating the watch’s historic origins. You can also see the pocket watch’s original gold-plated gears and 17 stunning screw-set jewels. Finally, we complemented this highly sophisticated watch with our hand-crafted Merlot leather watch strap.

The Hamilton Watch Company originally manufactured this impressive watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1926 — the same year that the heroic World War I war dog Sergeant Stubby passed away. Sergeant Stubby was a mutt with somewhat unknown origins, but he was likely an American bull terrier. He quickly made a name for himself during the Great War serving with the 26th Infantry Division on the Western Front. During his time in combat, Stubby suffered an injury caused by mustard gas. Fortunately, he survived and was equipped with a custom gas mask. With his personal experience being exposed to mustard gas, Stubby developed the ability to identify the toxic compound and could warn his unit of impending mustard gas attacks. Additionally, legend has it that Sergeant Stubby once grabbed hold of a German soldier by his pants, enabling American troops to seize the enemy combatant.

Stubby is the only dog to ever be promoted to the rank of sergeant through combat, and his impressive feats led to him meeting Presidents Coolidge, Harding, and Wilson. Today, visitors to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History can view Sergeant Stubby’s taxidermied body as part of the “Price of Freedom: Americans at War” exhibit.

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 3351221 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: 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:  3351221
  • 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 167 unique: Today, we’re enthused to showcase this marvelous piece of history initially produced by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1926 — the Lancaster 167. This stunning antique movement boasts a handsome cream-colored dial with an ornate, eye-catching center design pattern, as well as thin, dark-brown numerals and a matching subdial. Additionally, this piece features the original pocket watch’s blued steel diamond kite watch hands. We matched this splendid pocket watch with our powerful Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a nickel-plated crown to draw further attention to the watch's breathtaking dial. Our Machined Titanium case comes with a transparent back, boasting the pocket watch’s antique 912-grade open-face movement with a reed regulator, nickel finish, and pendant setting. The watch’s movement also features attractive engravings with a black inlay color, including “Hamilton Watch Co. Lancaster, PA,” corroborating the watch’s historic origins. You can also see the pocket watch’s original gold-plated gears and 17 stunning screw-set jewels. Finally, we complemented this highly sophisticated watch with our hand-crafted Merlot leather watch strap.

The Hamilton Watch Company originally manufactured this impressive watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1926 — the same year that the heroic World War I war dog Sergeant Stubby passed away. Sergeant Stubby was a mutt with somewhat unknown origins, but he was likely an American bull terrier. He quickly made a name for himself during the Great War serving with the 26th Infantry Division on the Western Front. During his time in combat, Stubby suffered an injury caused by mustard gas. Fortunately, he survived and was equipped with a custom gas mask. With his personal experience being exposed to mustard gas, Stubby developed the ability to identify the toxic compound and could warn his unit of impending mustard gas attacks. Additionally, legend has it that Sergeant Stubby once grabbed hold of a German soldier by his pants, enabling American troops to seize the enemy combatant.

Stubby is the only dog to ever be promoted to the rank of sergeant through combat, and his impressive feats led to him meeting Presidents Coolidge, Harding, and Wilson. Today, visitors to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History can view Sergeant Stubby’s taxidermied body as part of the “Price of Freedom: Americans at War” exhibit.

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