The Lancaster 111 (46mm)

The Lancaster 111 (46mm)

The Lancaster 111 (46mm)
The Lancaster 111 (46mm)
The Lancaster 111 (46mm)
The Lancaster 111 (46mm)
The Lancaster 111 (46mm)
The Lancaster 111 (46mm)
The Lancaster 111 (46mm)
The Lancaster 111 (46mm)
The Lancaster 111 (46mm)
The Lancaster 111 (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 111 unique: Today we are happy to feature this absolutely stunning watch from the Hamilton Watch Company, our Lancaster 111. We love how this double-sunk dial with intricate floral patterns works well inside this custom iridescent case for the perfect design combination. The soft tones of the dial are accented nicely by the case and capped off with our nickel-plated crown and black strap. This watch is powered by one of our favorite movements to work with, Hamilton’s 912-grade piece that proves itself reliable time and time again. Carefully machined Geneva lines throughout the build plates bring a cohesive look and feel to this watch, while the gold-plated gears beneath act as visual accents to show off the inner workings. Decorated with 17 screw-set jewels that help everything turn perfectly, held in with stainless steel hardware that carries throughout the entire watch. Originally manufactured in 1924 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the first year that Hamilton produced over 2,000,000 watches. The production of this particular grade and design was around 260,000 watches made that year. Hamilton was growing rapidly and pricing their watches as the high-end alternative to the other brands of the time. Still proving their worth all these years later, we absolutely love the quality and reliability of these watches.

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 3237140 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: Machined Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  3237140
  • 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 111 unique: Today we are happy to feature this absolutely stunning watch from the Hamilton Watch Company, our Lancaster 111. We love how this double-sunk dial with intricate floral patterns works well inside this custom iridescent case for the perfect design combination. The soft tones of the dial are accented nicely by the case and capped off with our nickel-plated crown and black strap. This watch is powered by one of our favorite movements to work with, Hamilton’s 912-grade piece that proves itself reliable time and time again. Carefully machined Geneva lines throughout the build plates bring a cohesive look and feel to this watch, while the gold-plated gears beneath act as visual accents to show off the inner workings. Decorated with 17 screw-set jewels that help everything turn perfectly, held in with stainless steel hardware that carries throughout the entire watch. Originally manufactured in 1924 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the first year that Hamilton produced over 2,000,000 watches. The production of this particular grade and design was around 260,000 watches made that year. Hamilton was growing rapidly and pricing their watches as the high-end alternative to the other brands of the time. Still proving their worth all these years later, we absolutely love the quality and reliability of these watches.

Quality Straps

View Strap Options

Mission

Learn More About Vortic

American Made

Learn More About The American Artisan Series

Buy Now, Pay Later with

0% APR for 6 Months