The Lancaster 106 (46mm)

The Lancaster 106 (46mm)

The Lancaster 106 (46mm)
The Lancaster 106 (46mm)
The Lancaster 106 (46mm)
The Lancaster 106 (46mm)
The Lancaster 106 (46mm)
The Lancaster 106 (46mm)
The Lancaster 106 (46mm)
The Lancaster 106 (46mm)
The Lancaster 106 (46mm)
The Lancaster 106 (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 106 unique: Today we bring you our incredible Lancaster 106, a stunning timepiece from the Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The face of this watch immediately draws you in, with the intricate designs that have been carefully machined into the double-sunk dial. The numerals stand out from the soft tones of the dial, with their unique curvature and shape that plays well with the design. Our gold-plated crown and hardware complement the dial wonderfully, while our soft sandblasted titanium case lets the rest of the details stand out on their own. Our merlot strap and these burgundy steel hands tie everything together nicely, giving this watch a truly classic look and feel. The 912 movement from Hamilton that is powering this watch will have you showing off the underside of this watch frequently, making this watch a true conversation starter. The Geneva lines throughout the build plates are a signature look for the Hamilton watches we find from this era, contrasted with the spiral patterns that we find on the mainspring and crown wheels. Adorned with 17 beautiful jewels throughout, as well as gold-plated gears beneath. Stainless steel hardware all across the build plates gives it a very cohesive and clean look. This watch was originally produced in 1924 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This same year, in New York City, Macy’s holds its very first Thanksgiving Day Parage. The parade was used to announce the opening of its flagship store on 34th street as well as promote holiday purchases for that season. The store was at that time the world’s largest retail store, with over 1 million square feet of space.

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 3227097 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 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:  3227097
  • Manufacture Year:  1924
  • 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 106 unique: Today we bring you our incredible Lancaster 106, a stunning timepiece from the Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The face of this watch immediately draws you in, with the intricate designs that have been carefully machined into the double-sunk dial. The numerals stand out from the soft tones of the dial, with their unique curvature and shape that plays well with the design. Our gold-plated crown and hardware complement the dial wonderfully, while our soft sandblasted titanium case lets the rest of the details stand out on their own. Our merlot strap and these burgundy steel hands tie everything together nicely, giving this watch a truly classic look and feel. The 912 movement from Hamilton that is powering this watch will have you showing off the underside of this watch frequently, making this watch a true conversation starter. The Geneva lines throughout the build plates are a signature look for the Hamilton watches we find from this era, contrasted with the spiral patterns that we find on the mainspring and crown wheels. Adorned with 17 beautiful jewels throughout, as well as gold-plated gears beneath. Stainless steel hardware all across the build plates gives it a very cohesive and clean look. This watch was originally produced in 1924 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This same year, in New York City, Macy’s holds its very first Thanksgiving Day Parage. The parade was used to announce the opening of its flagship store on 34th street as well as promote holiday purchases for that season. The store was at that time the world’s largest retail store, with over 1 million square feet of space.

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