The Lancaster 180 (46mm)

The Lancaster 180 (46mm)

The Lancaster 180 (46mm)
The Lancaster 180 (46mm)
The Lancaster 180 (46mm)
The Lancaster 180 (46mm)
The Lancaster 180 (46mm)
The Lancaster 180 (46mm)
The Lancaster 180 (46mm)
The Lancaster 180 (46mm)
The Lancaster 180 (46mm)
The Lancaster 180 (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 180 unique: We’re happy to showcase this unforgettable antique watch that was initially released by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1929 — the Lancaster 180. This stunning piece of American manufacturing history boasts an aged tan dial with a distinct white center. The front of this splendid watch also displays a helpful subdial, light-gold-colored numerals, and eye-catching violet arrow watch hands. We encased this beautiful pocket watch within our Bronzed Titanium case and topped it off with a copper crown. The case and crown’s colors complement the dial’s unique palette. On the back of the watch, you can view its historic 912-grade open-face movement with a Reed regulator, double roller safety action, and ¾ plate. The watch’s rear side also displays luxurious details including 17 screw-set jewels and robust gold-plated gears. Finally, we paired this one-of-a-kind piece with our comfortable Moss leather watch strap, which perfectly suits the watch’s distinct and sophisticated style.

The Hamilton Watch Company originally manufactured this splendid pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1929 — the same year that the first guide dog school opened in the United States. Dorothy Harrison Eustis and Elliot S. Humphrey opened the The Seeing Eye guide dog school in Nashville, Tennessee. Some German schools had already experimented using dogs to guide the visually impaired during World War I, when numerous German soldiers suffered injuries that caused partial or total blindness. Eustis learned about the Germans’ use of guide dogs while running a German shepherd breeding and training facility in Vevey, Switzerland. She wrote an article about the German seeing eye dogs called “The Seeing Eye.” The article was a big hit, and many visually impaired individuals reached out to Eustis in the hopes of obtaining a guide dog. A blind man named Morris Frank convinced Eustis to help him obtain a seeing eye dog so that he could become more independent.

Eustis didn’t yet have any experience working with guide dogs, but she and fellow trainer and geneticist Elliot S. Humphrey got to work researching and training guide dogs. They supplied Morris Frank with one of the first guide dogs, and they opened their facility in Frank's hometown — Nashville. The Seeing Eye remains one of the largest guide dog schools in the United States, and today, it’s located in Morristown, New Jersey.

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 3313304 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: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  3313304
  • Manufacture Year:  1929
  • 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 180 unique: We’re happy to showcase this unforgettable antique watch that was initially released by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1929 — the Lancaster 180. This stunning piece of American manufacturing history boasts an aged tan dial with a distinct white center. The front of this splendid watch also displays a helpful subdial, light-gold-colored numerals, and eye-catching violet arrow watch hands. We encased this beautiful pocket watch within our Bronzed Titanium case and topped it off with a copper crown. The case and crown’s colors complement the dial’s unique palette. On the back of the watch, you can view its historic 912-grade open-face movement with a Reed regulator, double roller safety action, and ¾ plate. The watch’s rear side also displays luxurious details including 17 screw-set jewels and robust gold-plated gears. Finally, we paired this one-of-a-kind piece with our comfortable Moss leather watch strap, which perfectly suits the watch’s distinct and sophisticated style.

The Hamilton Watch Company originally manufactured this splendid pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1929 — the same year that the first guide dog school opened in the United States. Dorothy Harrison Eustis and Elliot S. Humphrey opened the The Seeing Eye guide dog school in Nashville, Tennessee. Some German schools had already experimented using dogs to guide the visually impaired during World War I, when numerous German soldiers suffered injuries that caused partial or total blindness. Eustis learned about the Germans’ use of guide dogs while running a German shepherd breeding and training facility in Vevey, Switzerland. She wrote an article about the German seeing eye dogs called “The Seeing Eye.” The article was a big hit, and many visually impaired individuals reached out to Eustis in the hopes of obtaining a guide dog. A blind man named Morris Frank convinced Eustis to help him obtain a seeing eye dog so that he could become more independent.

Eustis didn’t yet have any experience working with guide dogs, but she and fellow trainer and geneticist Elliot S. Humphrey got to work researching and training guide dogs. They supplied Morris Frank with one of the first guide dogs, and they opened their facility in Frank's hometown — Nashville. The Seeing Eye remains one of the largest guide dog schools in the United States, and today, it’s located in Morristown, New Jersey.

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