The Lancaster 182 (46mm)

The Lancaster 182 (46mm)

The Lancaster 182 (46mm)
The Lancaster 182 (46mm)
The Lancaster 182 (46mm)
The Lancaster 182 (46mm)
The Lancaster 182 (46mm)
The Lancaster 182 (46mm)
The Lancaster 182 (46mm)
The Lancaster 182 (46mm)
The Lancaster 182 (46mm)
The Lancaster 182 (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 182 unique: We’re thrilled to feature this distinct wristwatch that boasts an antique pocket watch movement originally manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Company — the Lancaster 182. This pocket watch has a handsome and aged grayish-cream-colored dial with stunning blued-steel diamond kite watch hands. The front of this piece also displays an understated center design pattern, a subdial, and soft black numerals. We placed the original pocket watch within our protective, glimmering Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown, both of which complement the piece’s unforgettable style. On the back of the watch, you can see its original 916-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish and pendant setting. The antique movement also displays luxurious and robust gold-plated gears, as well as 17 jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we equipped this remarkable watch with our comfortable and stylish Moss leather watch strap.

The Hamilton Watch Company initially released the pocket watch in 1927 — the same year that John William Warner III was born in Washington, D.C. Warner served as the Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974, and he served five terms as a U.S. Senator (R-VA) from 1979 to 2009. Warner started his career by enlisting in the United States Navy in 1945 during World War II, and he later joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1950 during the Korean War. He continued his career with U.S. Marine Corps until he reached the rank of captain. During his years outside of service, he worked as a lawyer for the private practice Hogan & Hartson, and after retiring from the U.S. Senate, he resumed working with the firm as a senior advisor.

In 2008, Warner was awarded the first-ever National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal. Additionally, the Navy named a submarine after Warner (the USS John Warner), and the United States Marine Corps opened the Warner Center for Advanced Military Studies at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. After a lifetime of tremendous accomplishments, Warner passed away in May 2021 at age 94.

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 3126991 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: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  3126991
  • Manufacture Year:  1927
  • 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 182 unique: We’re thrilled to feature this distinct wristwatch that boasts an antique pocket watch movement originally manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Company — the Lancaster 182. This pocket watch has a handsome and aged grayish-cream-colored dial with stunning blued-steel diamond kite watch hands. The front of this piece also displays an understated center design pattern, a subdial, and soft black numerals. We placed the original pocket watch within our protective, glimmering Machined Titanium case and topped it off with a gold-plated crown, both of which complement the piece’s unforgettable style. On the back of the watch, you can see its original 916-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish and pendant setting. The antique movement also displays luxurious and robust gold-plated gears, as well as 17 jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we equipped this remarkable watch with our comfortable and stylish Moss leather watch strap.

The Hamilton Watch Company initially released the pocket watch in 1927 — the same year that John William Warner III was born in Washington, D.C. Warner served as the Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974, and he served five terms as a U.S. Senator (R-VA) from 1979 to 2009. Warner started his career by enlisting in the United States Navy in 1945 during World War II, and he later joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1950 during the Korean War. He continued his career with U.S. Marine Corps until he reached the rank of captain. During his years outside of service, he worked as a lawyer for the private practice Hogan & Hartson, and after retiring from the U.S. Senate, he resumed working with the firm as a senior advisor.

In 2008, Warner was awarded the first-ever National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal. Additionally, the Navy named a submarine after Warner (the USS John Warner), and the United States Marine Corps opened the Warner Center for Advanced Military Studies at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. After a lifetime of tremendous accomplishments, Warner passed away in May 2021 at age 94.

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