The Lancaster 162 (46mm)

The Lancaster 162 (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 162 unique: Today, we’re excited to present to you this breathtakingly unique watch, originally produced by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1936 — the Lancaster 162. The Lancaster 162’s pocket watch movement features a cream-colored dial with stylized black numerals. The gorgeous front display also presents blued steel arrow hands and a subdial. We encased this magnificent pocket watch within our Blued Titanium case and added a gold-plated crown. Our contemporary additions to this antique piece make the final product even more stylish and unforgettable. On the back, you can view the pocket watch’s original 912-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish, black inlay color, and pendant setting. You can also see its sumptuous gold-plated gears and 17 screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. To finish the piece off, we equipped it with our hand-crafted Merlot leather watch strap and a solid bronze machined buckle.

The Hamilton Watch Company initially manufactured the Lancaster 162’s pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1936 — the first year that Billboard magazine released its first music hit parade list, today that list is known as the Billboard charts, such as the Billboard Hot 100 and Global 200. Although people now know Billboard for its music lists and articles, the magazine actually started as a publication for those working in advertising and bill postings in 1894. The magazine was originally called Billboard Advertising. During the Great Depression, the jukebox industry grew, leading Billboard to advertise the machine and focus progressively more on the music industry. Through the 20th century, Billboard became more focused on music and eventually phased out its coverage of other topics.

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 3430906 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:  3430906
  • Manufacture Year:  1936
  • 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 162 unique: Today, we’re excited to present to you this breathtakingly unique watch, originally produced by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1936 — the Lancaster 162. The Lancaster 162’s pocket watch movement features a cream-colored dial with stylized black numerals. The gorgeous front display also presents blued steel arrow hands and a subdial. We encased this magnificent pocket watch within our Blued Titanium case and added a gold-plated crown. Our contemporary additions to this antique piece make the final product even more stylish and unforgettable. On the back, you can view the pocket watch’s original 912-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish, black inlay color, and pendant setting. You can also see its sumptuous gold-plated gears and 17 screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. To finish the piece off, we equipped it with our hand-crafted Merlot leather watch strap and a solid bronze machined buckle.

The Hamilton Watch Company initially manufactured the Lancaster 162’s pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1936 — the first year that Billboard magazine released its first music hit parade list, today that list is known as the Billboard charts, such as the Billboard Hot 100 and Global 200. Although people now know Billboard for its music lists and articles, the magazine actually started as a publication for those working in advertising and bill postings in 1894. The magazine was originally called Billboard Advertising. During the Great Depression, the jukebox industry grew, leading Billboard to advertise the machine and focus progressively more on the music industry. Through the 20th century, Billboard became more focused on music and eventually phased out its coverage of other topics.

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