The Lancaster 154 (46mm)

The Lancaster 154 (46mm)

The Lancaster 154 (46mm)
The Lancaster 154 (46mm)
The Lancaster 154 (46mm)
The Lancaster 154 (46mm)
The Lancaster 154 (46mm)
The Lancaster 154 (46mm)
The Lancaster 154 (46mm)
The Lancaster 154 (46mm)
The Lancaster 154 (46mm)
The Lancaster 154 (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 154 unique: Today, we have a stunning piece of history to share with you — the Lancaster 154. Initially produced by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1937,  the Lancaster 154 features an elegant cream-colored face with an intricate star-shaped inlay accompanied by a simple subdial below. Additionally, the movement’s striking blue hands and elegant black numerals also showcase the face’s stunning design. We have encased this movement with our gunmetal titanium case and added a nickel crown to complement the timepiece’s original hues. On the back of the watch — which you can view through our one-of-a-kind clear-backed case — you can view the stunning inner workings. The design features a brilliantly machined ¾ plate along with matching nickel-plated gears. In addition to the beautiful plate, this watch also features a Reed regulator, double safety rollers, and 17 sumptuous screw-set jewels. To round out this watch and further highlight the watch’s beauty, we have paired the movement with our supple stone leather strap. 

In May of 1937 — the same year the original pocket Hamilton watch was produced — audiences were shocked as the Hindenberg airship burst into flames while mooring to a mast near Lakehurst, New Jersey. One calculation by NASA estimated that it only took 16 seconds for the highly-combustible hydrogen gas to envelop the airship completely. Astonishingly, there were more survivors of the tragic accident than casualties. Of the 97 passengers and crew that were on board, 62 survived.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. After machining, we bake the case in a kiln for a specific interval before sandblasting for uniformity. Any imperfections at this stage will scrap the piece, but the result is a beautiful, slightly darker finish that we call gunmetal. 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 3456043 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: Gunmetal 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:  3456043
  • Manufacture Year:  1937
  • 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 154 unique: Today, we have a stunning piece of history to share with you — the Lancaster 154. Initially produced by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1937,  the Lancaster 154 features an elegant cream-colored face with an intricate star-shaped inlay accompanied by a simple subdial below. Additionally, the movement’s striking blue hands and elegant black numerals also showcase the face’s stunning design. We have encased this movement with our gunmetal titanium case and added a nickel crown to complement the timepiece’s original hues. On the back of the watch — which you can view through our one-of-a-kind clear-backed case — you can view the stunning inner workings. The design features a brilliantly machined ¾ plate along with matching nickel-plated gears. In addition to the beautiful plate, this watch also features a Reed regulator, double safety rollers, and 17 sumptuous screw-set jewels. To round out this watch and further highlight the watch’s beauty, we have paired the movement with our supple stone leather strap. 

In May of 1937 — the same year the original pocket Hamilton watch was produced — audiences were shocked as the Hindenberg airship burst into flames while mooring to a mast near Lakehurst, New Jersey. One calculation by NASA estimated that it only took 16 seconds for the highly-combustible hydrogen gas to envelop the airship completely. Astonishingly, there were more survivors of the tragic accident than casualties. Of the 97 passengers and crew that were on board, 62 survived.

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