The Lancaster 097 (47mm)
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The Lancaster 097 (47mm)

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The Lancaster 097 (47mm)
The Lancaster 097 (47mm)
The Lancaster 097 (47mm)
The Lancaster 097 (47mm)
The Lancaster 097 (47mm)
The Lancaster 097 (47mm)
The Lancaster 097 (47mm)
The Lancaster 097 (47mm)
The Lancaster 097 (47mm)
The Lancaster 097 (47mm)

Watch Description

The Lancaster 097 is the 97th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Lancaster" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch. The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements.

What makes the Lancaster 097 Unique: We are absolutely elated to present today the stunning Lancaster 097. This watch was originally manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and truly lives up to its name, The Masterpiece. The dial of this watch is absolutely impeccable, with this very clean face and crisp gold-colored numerals. Of course, we had to pair our gold-plated crown and hardware to match these lovely gold hands as well. The soft look and feel of the sandblasted titanium case let the rest of the spectacular elements of this watch truly stand out. This top-of-the-line Masterpiece from Hamilton is truly a head-turner that begs to be shown off. This watch boasts 23 jewels, both screw set as well as friction set, to power this movement to perfection. The Masterpiece movement is one of the rarest and most valuable pocket watch movements any American pocket watch company produced, hence the name. This Masterpiece has a very unique bridge design that sets it apart from other Hamilton watches, with finger bridges over the escapement wheels and a delicately machined spiral pattern all across the entire build plate. The rose-gold gears beneath show through easily and add to the flare of this especially beautiful timepiece. There were only 2,000 Masterpiece movements and we've only made a handful of watches with this movement, one of which is worn daily by one of our co-founders. This watch was first produced in 1929, the same year that the very first color television was introduced. H. E. Ives and colleagues held a public demonstration at Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York, with the very first images being a bouquet of roses and an American flag.

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Movement Manufacturer Information

The movement inside of this watch was made by Hamilton Watch Company. We call this model "The Lancaster" because the company was located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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
  • Model Year: 2021
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 47mm
    • Thickness: 12mm
    • Lug to Lug: 55mm
    • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: Sandblasted Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Sapphire
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Serial Number: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 23 Jewels
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

The Lancaster 097 is the 97th one-of-a-kind piece in Vortic's "Lancaster" line of the American Artisan Series. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880’s – 1950’s) pocket watch. The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements.

What makes the Lancaster 097 Unique: We are absolutely elated to present today the stunning Lancaster 097. This watch was originally manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and truly lives up to its name, The Masterpiece. The dial of this watch is absolutely impeccable, with this very clean face and crisp gold-colored numerals. Of course, we had to pair our gold-plated crown and hardware to match these lovely gold hands as well. The soft look and feel of the sandblasted titanium case let the rest of the spectacular elements of this watch truly stand out. This top-of-the-line Masterpiece from Hamilton is truly a head-turner that begs to be shown off. This watch boasts 23 jewels, both screw set as well as friction set, to power this movement to perfection. The Masterpiece movement is one of the rarest and most valuable pocket watch movements any American pocket watch company produced, hence the name. This Masterpiece has a very unique bridge design that sets it apart from other Hamilton watches, with finger bridges over the escapement wheels and a delicately machined spiral pattern all across the entire build plate. The rose-gold gears beneath show through easily and add to the flare of this especially beautiful timepiece. There were only 2,000 Masterpiece movements and we've only made a handful of watches with this movement, one of which is worn daily by one of our co-founders. This watch was first produced in 1929, the same year that the very first color television was introduced. H. E. Ives and colleagues held a public demonstration at Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York, with the very first images being a bouquet of roses and an American flag.

1929

3012046

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