The Lancaster 130 (46mm)

The Lancaster 130 (46mm)

The Lancaster 130 (46mm)
The Lancaster 130 (46mm)
The Lancaster 130 (46mm)
The Lancaster 130 (46mm)
The Lancaster 130 (46mm)
The Lancaster 130 (46mm)
The Lancaster 130 (46mm)
The Lancaster 130 (46mm)
The Lancaster 130 (46mm)
The Lancaster 130 (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 130 unique: Today, we are thrilled to present this piece initially crafted by the Hamilton Watch Company — the Lancaster 130. Hamilton built this piece of American history in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and they spared no expense when it came to designing the dial and movement. The dial's simple yet elegant design features a light background contrasting its dark and stylish numerals. We created our wristwatch out of Hamilton's original pocket watch by matching it with our DLC black case and copper crown. The case finish complements the dark numerals while emphasizing the light dial background. The Lancaster 130's back features 916-grade, open-face movement with a nickel finish and pendant setting. The piece's clear display reveals its breathtaking, gold-plated gears powered by 17 jewels. We equipped this luxurious historical watch with our richly-colored Merlot leather strap. Hamilton Watch Company originally crafted this piece in 1927 — the same year that pilot Charles Lindbergh flew The Spirit of St. Louis from New York to Paris. The flight was a groundbreaking landmark in American and aviation history because it was the first time a solo pilot completed a nonstop transatlantic flight. Other pilots attempted the same flight that year, but Charles Lindbergh was the only aviator who attempted the flight without another crew member. Tragically, six people died trying to fly nonstop to Europe before Lindbergh's success. On May 20, 1927, Lindbergh took flight in his single-engine monoplane and arrived in Paris almost 34 hours later after traveling 3,600 miles.

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 3123109 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: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  3123109
  • 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 130 unique: Today, we are thrilled to present this piece initially crafted by the Hamilton Watch Company — the Lancaster 130. Hamilton built this piece of American history in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and they spared no expense when it came to designing the dial and movement. The dial's simple yet elegant design features a light background contrasting its dark and stylish numerals. We created our wristwatch out of Hamilton's original pocket watch by matching it with our DLC black case and copper crown. The case finish complements the dark numerals while emphasizing the light dial background. The Lancaster 130's back features 916-grade, open-face movement with a nickel finish and pendant setting. The piece's clear display reveals its breathtaking, gold-plated gears powered by 17 jewels. We equipped this luxurious historical watch with our richly-colored Merlot leather strap. Hamilton Watch Company originally crafted this piece in 1927 — the same year that pilot Charles Lindbergh flew The Spirit of St. Louis from New York to Paris. The flight was a groundbreaking landmark in American and aviation history because it was the first time a solo pilot completed a nonstop transatlantic flight. Other pilots attempted the same flight that year, but Charles Lindbergh was the only aviator who attempted the flight without another crew member. Tragically, six people died trying to fly nonstop to Europe before Lindbergh's success. On May 20, 1927, Lindbergh took flight in his single-engine monoplane and arrived in Paris almost 34 hours later after traveling 3,600 miles.

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