The Lancaster 118 (46mm)

The Lancaster 118 (46mm)

The Lancaster 118 (46mm)
The Lancaster 118 (46mm)
The Lancaster 118 (46mm)
The Lancaster 118 (46mm)
The Lancaster 118 (46mm)
The Lancaster 118 (46mm)
The Lancaster 118 (46mm)
The Lancaster 118 (46mm)
The Lancaster 118 (46mm)
The Lancaster 118 (46mm)
The Lancaster 118 (46mm)
The Lancaster 118 (46mm)
The Lancaster 118 (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 118 unique: For Today’s release, we could not be happier to present this incredible watch from the Hamilton Watch Company, our Lancaster 118. We are blown away by the fine details of this dial, with its soft egg-shell tone and bright gold-colored numerals. These dark, blued-steel hands stand out nicely, drawing you in to capture all of the different intricately designed elements of this dial. We placed this watch inside of our bronze case with a signature patina finish that gives the watch a uniform, aged look. We couldn’t imagine a better combination to go with the exterior of this watch than this absolutely stunning 23 jewel 922 movement from Hamilton. The bridge plates have been carefully machined to display this incredible spiral pattern all throughout, in combination with the design of the separate bridges to give a visual sense of turning. Rose-gold gears and plates are on display beneath the build plates to show off the high value of this watch, making it truly stand out among others like it. This watch was originally manufactured in 1930 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in a very short run of only 2,000 other watches like it. On January 15th of this same year, the moon traveled to its closest distance from Earth in recent history, coming within 221,455 miles from our surface. This event occurred at the same time as it was in its fullest phase of the Lunar Cycle. The next time that the moon will be this close to Earth will occur on January 1, 2257.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aluminum bronze. The case is intentionally left unpolished so the intricate tool marks made during the milling process remain visible. The watch will arrive pre-patina'd like the product image and take on additional patina over time as it interacts with oxygen in the air and oils on your skin. This patina can be removed to return the bronze case to its original state, but most individuals strive for the distinct, one-of-a-kind patina created by their lifestyle. Each bronze case is one of a kind, and the rich, deep color of the patina will vary from case to case.

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 3013917 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 Bronze
  • Crown/Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  3013917
  • Manufacture Year:  1930
  • 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
What makes the Lancaster 118 unique: For Today’s release, we could not be happier to present this incredible watch from the Hamilton Watch Company, our Lancaster 118. We are blown away by the fine details of this dial, with its soft egg-shell tone and bright gold-colored numerals. These dark, blued-steel hands stand out nicely, drawing you in to capture all of the different intricately designed elements of this dial. We placed this watch inside of our bronze case with a signature patina finish that gives the watch a uniform, aged look. We couldn’t imagine a better combination to go with the exterior of this watch than this absolutely stunning 23 jewel 922 movement from Hamilton. The bridge plates have been carefully machined to display this incredible spiral pattern all throughout, in combination with the design of the separate bridges to give a visual sense of turning. Rose-gold gears and plates are on display beneath the build plates to show off the high value of this watch, making it truly stand out among others like it. This watch was originally manufactured in 1930 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in a very short run of only 2,000 other watches like it. On January 15th of this same year, the moon traveled to its closest distance from Earth in recent history, coming within 221,455 miles from our surface. This event occurred at the same time as it was in its fullest phase of the Lunar Cycle. The next time that the moon will be this close to Earth will occur on January 1, 2257.

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