The Lancaster 122 (46mm)

The Lancaster 122 (46mm)

The Lancaster 122 (46mm)
The Lancaster 122 (46mm)
The Lancaster 122 (46mm)
The Lancaster 122 (46mm)
The Lancaster 122 (46mm)
The Lancaster 122 (46mm)
The Lancaster 122 (46mm)
The Lancaster 122 (46mm)
The Lancaster 122 (46mm)
The Lancaster 122 (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 122 unique: Today, we are proud to present this marvelous piece from the Hamilton Watch Company — the Lancaster 122. Originally manufactured in 1932 by the Hamilton Watch Company, the Lancaster 122 features a whimsical watch face design, gold type numbers, and a clear display case, revealing the intricate stainless steel gears with gold details. The unique hand design on the dial shares a resemblance with sailboats, further emphasized by the fuzzy striations and gold-type numbers. Our PVD Zircon Gold case accentuates the studded border and brings out the luster of the subdial spectacularly, and our incredibly durable and scratch-resistant coating preserves the complexity of this timepiece. Powered by 21 ruby jewels in gold screw settings, this 904-grade timepiece is a true marvel. Lastly, our Olive leather strap complements the gold-type numbers wonderfully. This watch was originally produced in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1932— the same year that the 1st U.S. radio broadcast from a moving train was recorded. The program was aired over WABC from a train making its rounds from Baltimore to Ohio. The variety show was hosted by Belle Baker, making history as the first person in the United States to be aired from a moving train.

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 3062963 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 Bronze
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  3062963
  • Manufacture Year:  1932
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 21j
  • 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 122 unique: Today, we are proud to present this marvelous piece from the Hamilton Watch Company — the Lancaster 122. Originally manufactured in 1932 by the Hamilton Watch Company, the Lancaster 122 features a whimsical watch face design, gold type numbers, and a clear display case, revealing the intricate stainless steel gears with gold details. The unique hand design on the dial shares a resemblance with sailboats, further emphasized by the fuzzy striations and gold-type numbers. Our PVD Zircon Gold case accentuates the studded border and brings out the luster of the subdial spectacularly, and our incredibly durable and scratch-resistant coating preserves the complexity of this timepiece. Powered by 21 ruby jewels in gold screw settings, this 904-grade timepiece is a true marvel. Lastly, our Olive leather strap complements the gold-type numbers wonderfully. This watch was originally produced in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1932— the same year that the 1st U.S. radio broadcast from a moving train was recorded. The program was aired over WABC from a train making its rounds from Baltimore to Ohio. The variety show was hosted by Belle Baker, making history as the first person in the United States to be aired from a moving train.

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