The Lancaster 097 (46mm)

The Lancaster 097 (46mm)

The Lancaster 097 (46mm)
The Lancaster 097 (46mm)
The Lancaster 097 (46mm)
The Lancaster 097 (46mm)
The Lancaster 097 (46mm)
The Lancaster 097 (46mm)
The Lancaster 097 (46mm)
The Lancaster 097 (46mm)
The Lancaster 097 (46mm)
The Lancaster 097 (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.

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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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 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
  • Model Year: 2021
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Sandblasted 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: 
  • Manufacture Year: 
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 23j
  • 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

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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