The Lancaster 176 (46mm)

The Lancaster 176 (46mm)

The Lancaster 176 (46mm)
The Lancaster 176 (46mm)
The Lancaster 176 (46mm)
The Lancaster 176 (46mm)
The Lancaster 176 (46mm)
The Lancaster 176 (46mm)
The Lancaster 176 (46mm)
The Lancaster 176 (46mm)
The Lancaster 176 (46mm)
The Lancaster 176 (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 Illinois Watch Company. We call this model "The Springfield" because the company was located in Springfield, Illinois.

What makes the Lancaster 176 unique: We’re thrilled to present to you this one-of-a-kind piece of American history that was initially released by the Hamilton Watch Company — the Lancaster 176. This watch is truly breathtaking and features an aged tan-colored dial with an intricate center design pattern and subdial. You can also see the watch’s stylish black numerals and gleaming violet spade & whip hands that stand out against a patinaed backdrop. We encased this charming pocket watch within our robust Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a copper crown, making this eye-catching watch even more stunning. On the watch’s rear side, our exhibition back allows you to view this original 912-grade open-face movement with remarkable details, including its Reed regulator, nickel finish, and pendant setting. You can also see the watch’s sumptuous and enthralling gold-plated gears as well as 17 screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we equipped the watch with our Stone leather watch strap that complements our Machined Titanium case while drawing more attention to the watch's impressive dial.

The Hamilton Watch Company originally manufactured the piece’s pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1926 — the same year actress and singer Norma Jean Mortenson, better known by her stage name Marilyn Monroe, was born in Los Angeles, CA. Monroe started her groundbreaking career as a pin-up model, which led to her landing minor film roles in the late 1940s and early 1950s in movies such as The Asphalt Jungle, Clash by Night, and We’re Not Married! In 1953, she rose to fame as a Golden Age Hollywood lead actress with the films Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and How to Marry a Millionaire. She then went on to solidify her place in film and pop culture history by starring in The Seven Year Itch in 1955 and Some Like It Hot in 1959. Tragically, Monroe died from a barbiturate overdose at age 36 in 1962.

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 3259697 from the Illinois Watch Company. Originally called the Springfield Watch Company, Illinois came to Springfield, Illinois in 1869 while the "modern" watch industry was fairly new but highly promising. City officials felt that the addition of industry to the city of Springfield would be excellent for the city's growth. However, after a series of failures and re-brandings, the company had a slow start until 1903 when they decided to manufacture high-quality watches only. Eventually making some of the most beautiful watches of their time, the company sold to Hamilton in 1927. Hamilton continued producing watches under the Illinois name for some time, but the original Springfield factory no longer stands.

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: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Illinois Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  3259697
  • 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 176 unique: We’re thrilled to present to you this one-of-a-kind piece of American history that was initially released by the Hamilton Watch Company — the Lancaster 176. This watch is truly breathtaking and features an aged tan-colored dial with an intricate center design pattern and subdial. You can also see the watch’s stylish black numerals and gleaming violet spade & whip hands that stand out against a patinaed backdrop. We encased this charming pocket watch within our robust Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a copper crown, making this eye-catching watch even more stunning. On the watch’s rear side, our exhibition back allows you to view this original 912-grade open-face movement with remarkable details, including its Reed regulator, nickel finish, and pendant setting. You can also see the watch’s sumptuous and enthralling gold-plated gears as well as 17 screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we equipped the watch with our Stone leather watch strap that complements our Machined Titanium case while drawing more attention to the watch's impressive dial.

The Hamilton Watch Company originally manufactured the piece’s pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1926 — the same year actress and singer Norma Jean Mortenson, better known by her stage name Marilyn Monroe, was born in Los Angeles, CA. Monroe started her groundbreaking career as a pin-up model, which led to her landing minor film roles in the late 1940s and early 1950s in movies such as The Asphalt Jungle, Clash by Night, and We’re Not Married! In 1953, she rose to fame as a Golden Age Hollywood lead actress with the films Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and How to Marry a Millionaire. She then went on to solidify her place in film and pop culture history by starring in The Seven Year Itch in 1955 and Some Like It Hot in 1959. Tragically, Monroe died from a barbiturate overdose at age 36 in 1962.

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