The Lancaster 150 (46mm)

The Lancaster 150 (46mm)

The Lancaster 150 (46mm)
The Lancaster 150 (46mm)
The Lancaster 150 (46mm)
The Lancaster 150 (46mm)
The Lancaster 150 (46mm)
The Lancaster 150 (46mm)
The Lancaster 150 (46mm)
The Lancaster 150 (46mm)
The Lancaster 150 (46mm)
The Lancaster 150 (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 150 unique:

Today we are excited to bring you this magnificent timepiece from the Hamilton Watch Company, our Lancaster 150. We love the character that is displayed on this antique dial, showing the true age of this watch. The styling of the vertical lines that have been carefully machined onto the dial leads your eye to the outer edge where we find 60 small minute indicators. Gold-colored numerals pair well with our gold-plated crown and hardware topped off with our olive green strap. As we turn this watch over to reveal the movement within, right away we are drawn to more gold-plated elements, with these wonderful gears peaking through this large ¾ build plate. The damaskeened lines all across this unique plate design show the true craftsmanship of the time and are something we really love and appreciate from Hamilton. 17 screw-set jewels bring a little more visual charm to this beautiful display, with the nickel-plated hardware giving them a little extra flash to complement the precious metal throughout. This watch was originally manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1923. In Egypt this same year, King Tutankhamun's tomb was opened by Howard Carter. He began his work in Egypt back in 1891, with a number of different projects throughout that time, as well as a brief break during WWI when all operations were put on hold. Carter and his team eventually found the entry steps to Tutankhamun’s tomb in November of 1922 and didn’t make their way into the burial chamber until February 1923. Work on the tomb continued and wasn’t completed until 1932, ten years later. 

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 3100995 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 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:  3100995
  • Manufacture Year:  1923
  • 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 150 unique:

Today we are excited to bring you this magnificent timepiece from the Hamilton Watch Company, our Lancaster 150. We love the character that is displayed on this antique dial, showing the true age of this watch. The styling of the vertical lines that have been carefully machined onto the dial leads your eye to the outer edge where we find 60 small minute indicators. Gold-colored numerals pair well with our gold-plated crown and hardware topped off with our olive green strap. As we turn this watch over to reveal the movement within, right away we are drawn to more gold-plated elements, with these wonderful gears peaking through this large ¾ build plate. The damaskeened lines all across this unique plate design show the true craftsmanship of the time and are something we really love and appreciate from Hamilton. 17 screw-set jewels bring a little more visual charm to this beautiful display, with the nickel-plated hardware giving them a little extra flash to complement the precious metal throughout. This watch was originally manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1923. In Egypt this same year, King Tutankhamun's tomb was opened by Howard Carter. He began his work in Egypt back in 1891, with a number of different projects throughout that time, as well as a brief break during WWI when all operations were put on hold. Carter and his team eventually found the entry steps to Tutankhamun’s tomb in November of 1922 and didn’t make their way into the burial chamber until February 1923. Work on the tomb continued and wasn’t completed until 1932, ten years later. 

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