The Lancaster 123 (46mm)

The Lancaster 123 (46mm)

The Lancaster 123 (46mm)
The Lancaster 123 (46mm)
The Lancaster 123 (46mm)
The Lancaster 123 (46mm)
The Lancaster 123 (46mm)
The Lancaster 123 (46mm)
The Lancaster 123 (46mm)
The Lancaster 123 (46mm)
The Lancaster 123 (46mm)
The Lancaster 123 (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 123 unique: Today, we are excited to introduce this handsome piece from the Hamilton Watch Company — the Lancaster 123. Originally manufactured in 1933 by the Hamilton Watch Company, the Lancaster 123 features a classic watch face design, bold type numbers, and a clear display case that reveals the intricate, stainless steel gears with gold details. This watch has been preserved incredibly despite its age and looks brand new. Our Diamond-Like Coating (DLC) case complements the dial and subdial wonderfully, and our highly durable and scratch-resistant coating accentuates the boldness of this timepiece. Powered by 17 jewels in screw settings, this 912-grade timepiece is a marvel. Lastly, our Olive leather strap complements the case and dial of this timepiece, giving it a composition unlike any other. This watch was originally produced in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1933 — the same year that the epic King Kong film premiered at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in New York City. The director, Merian C. Cooper, envisioned the movie's final scene first and developed the rest of the story working backward from the climax.

Case Style:Machined Titanium cases have been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. Titanium is the ultimate material for strength to weight ratio. A DLC or "Diamond Like Carbon" coating is then applied to the case to create a uniquely black finish. While in the family of PVD coatings, DLC provides a small amount of transparency that allows us to see machine marks and surface detail while still appearing black. This coating is extremely durable and represents the best we have to offer.

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 3388495 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: DLC 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:  3388495
  • Manufacture Year:  1933
  • 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 123 unique: Today, we are excited to introduce this handsome piece from the Hamilton Watch Company — the Lancaster 123. Originally manufactured in 1933 by the Hamilton Watch Company, the Lancaster 123 features a classic watch face design, bold type numbers, and a clear display case that reveals the intricate, stainless steel gears with gold details. This watch has been preserved incredibly despite its age and looks brand new. Our Diamond-Like Coating (DLC) case complements the dial and subdial wonderfully, and our highly durable and scratch-resistant coating accentuates the boldness of this timepiece. Powered by 17 jewels in screw settings, this 912-grade timepiece is a marvel. Lastly, our Olive leather strap complements the case and dial of this timepiece, giving it a composition unlike any other. This watch was originally produced in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1933 — the same year that the epic King Kong film premiered at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in New York City. The director, Merian C. Cooper, envisioned the movie's final scene first and developed the rest of the story working backward from the climax.

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