The Lancaster 157 (46mm)

The Lancaster 157 (46mm)

The Lancaster 157 (46mm)
The Lancaster 157 (46mm)
The Lancaster 157 (46mm)
The Lancaster 157 (46mm)
The Lancaster 157 (46mm)
The Lancaster 157 (46mm)
The Lancaster 157 (46mm)
The Lancaster 157 (46mm)
The Lancaster 157 (46mm)
The Lancaster 157 (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 157 unique: Today’s watch of the day is a stunning piece of history initially manufactured in 1925 by the Hamilton Watch Company in Lancaster, PA — the Lancaster 157. This watch's beautifully patinated bone-colored face features bold black numerals and intricate accent marks around the dial. The piece also features blued diamond-kite hands and a subdial that catches the viewer’s eye. We’ve encased the antique movement in our bronzed titanium case and topped it with a nickel crown to complement the watch’s patina. Our unique case design allows you to view the incredible antique movement of this watch. This timepiece features a machined nickel bridge plate construction and 23 luxurious rubies set in gold. Additionally, the watch showcases a patent motor barrel, Breguet hairspring, and micrometer regulator for accurate timekeeping. We have also paired this exemplary antique movement with our supple stout leather strap to finish this one-of-a-kind piece.

In October of 1925, the same year the Hamilton Watch Company originally produced this watch, the federal government dedicated the Mount Rushmore National Monument. The original idea for this landmark proposed by historian Doane Robinson was to feature prominent Sioux leaders in the “Needles” area of the Black Hills in South Dakota. After partnering with the sculptor Gutzon Borglum, the subjects were changed to feature American presidents, and the site was relocated to Mt. Rushmore. Construction lasted from 1927 to 1941, and the monument depicts the busts of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. We use pressurized, fine glass beads in a sandblasting chamber to soften the edges and make the finish uniform. 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 3003054 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: Sandblasted 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:  3003054
  • Manufacture Year:  1925
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 23j
  • 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 157 unique: Today’s watch of the day is a stunning piece of history initially manufactured in 1925 by the Hamilton Watch Company in Lancaster, PA — the Lancaster 157. This watch's beautifully patinated bone-colored face features bold black numerals and intricate accent marks around the dial. The piece also features blued diamond-kite hands and a subdial that catches the viewer’s eye. We’ve encased the antique movement in our bronzed titanium case and topped it with a nickel crown to complement the watch’s patina. Our unique case design allows you to view the incredible antique movement of this watch. This timepiece features a machined nickel bridge plate construction and 23 luxurious rubies set in gold. Additionally, the watch showcases a patent motor barrel, Breguet hairspring, and micrometer regulator for accurate timekeeping. We have also paired this exemplary antique movement with our supple stout leather strap to finish this one-of-a-kind piece.

In October of 1925, the same year the Hamilton Watch Company originally produced this watch, the federal government dedicated the Mount Rushmore National Monument. The original idea for this landmark proposed by historian Doane Robinson was to feature prominent Sioux leaders in the “Needles” area of the Black Hills in South Dakota. After partnering with the sculptor Gutzon Borglum, the subjects were changed to feature American presidents, and the site was relocated to Mt. Rushmore. Construction lasted from 1927 to 1941, and the monument depicts the busts of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt.

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