The Lancaster 129 (46mm)

The Lancaster 129 (46mm)

The Lancaster 129 (46mm)
The Lancaster 129 (46mm)
The Lancaster 129 (46mm)
The Lancaster 129 (46mm)
The Lancaster 129 (46mm)
The Lancaster 129 (46mm)
The Lancaster 129 (46mm)
The Lancaster 129 (46mm)
The Lancaster 129 (46mm)
The Lancaster 129 (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 129 unique: Today, we are excited to showcase this remarkable watch from the Hamilton Watch Company — the Landcaster 129. This piece features a classic Hamilton watch dial with art deco-style numbers and a luminous sub-dial. Some subtle aging, taking the form of black flecks, adds character to this piece and will remind its owner that they are wearing a piece of history. We love the stark contrast between the white dial and the cobalt blue hands, and our Machined Titanium case only adds to the watch’s luster. This 17-jewel piece is protected by our highly durable and scratch-resistant case, which lets you see through the clear back at the gold-plated gears. The curved shape of the bridge plate contrasts the machined lines that run diagonally across the plate, giving this 916-grade piece a truly remarkable design. Lastly, our Olive Leather strap brings out the earthy tones of the dial. This watch was originally produced in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1927 — the same year the Great Mississippi Flood submerged more than 23,000 square miles of land in standing water. After several months of consistent rain, the water levels of the lower Mississippi River steadily rose, eventually breaking levees and flooding the surrounding areas. In 1929, Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie released the song “When The Levee Breaks,” inspired by the Great Mississippi Flood.

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 3126896 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:  3126896
  • Manufacture Year:  1927
  • 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 129 unique: Today, we are excited to showcase this remarkable watch from the Hamilton Watch Company — the Landcaster 129. This piece features a classic Hamilton watch dial with art deco-style numbers and a luminous sub-dial. Some subtle aging, taking the form of black flecks, adds character to this piece and will remind its owner that they are wearing a piece of history. We love the stark contrast between the white dial and the cobalt blue hands, and our Machined Titanium case only adds to the watch’s luster. This 17-jewel piece is protected by our highly durable and scratch-resistant case, which lets you see through the clear back at the gold-plated gears. The curved shape of the bridge plate contrasts the machined lines that run diagonally across the plate, giving this 916-grade piece a truly remarkable design. Lastly, our Olive Leather strap brings out the earthy tones of the dial. This watch was originally produced in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1927 — the same year the Great Mississippi Flood submerged more than 23,000 square miles of land in standing water. After several months of consistent rain, the water levels of the lower Mississippi River steadily rose, eventually breaking levees and flooding the surrounding areas. In 1929, Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie released the song “When The Levee Breaks,” inspired by the Great Mississippi Flood.

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