The Lancaster 186 (46mm)

The Lancaster 186 (46mm)

The Lancaster 186 (46mm)
The Lancaster 186 (46mm)
The Lancaster 186 (46mm)
The Lancaster 186 (46mm)
The Lancaster 186 (46mm)
The Lancaster 186 (46mm)
The Lancaster 186 (46mm)
The Lancaster 186 (46mm)
The Lancaster 186 (46mm)
The Lancaster 186 (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 186 unique: Today, we’re pleased to showcase this magnificent watch that highlights America’s incredible manufacturing history — the Lancaster 186. This piece was originally constructed by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1932. This watch boasts an unforgettable dial with luxurious, gold-colored details, including its numerals, subdial, and floral design pattern. The front of the watch also displays violet arrow watch hands that look especially striking against its eggshell background. We ensconced this antique pocket watch within our Sandblasted Titanium case and equipped it with a gold-plated crown, complementing the dial’s stunning details. Our Sandblasted Titanium case features a transparent back, enabling you to view the pocket watch’s original 912-grade open-face movement with a double roller safety action, Reed regulator, and ¾ plate. You can also see the movement’s 17 breathtaking screw-set jewels as well as its gold-plated gears throughout. We topped this one-of-a-kind watch off with our comfortable Rye leather watch strap, making the final product all the more impressive.

The Hamilton Watch Company initially released the Lancaster 186’s pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1932 — the year that the Zippo Manufacturing Company opened its doors in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Zippo’s founder, George G. Blaisdell, came up with his innovative lighter after seeing a friend struggle to light a cigarette lighter designed by the Austrian company IMCO. His friend’s cigarette lighter was highly effective in staying lit because of its well-designed chimney, but the device required two hands. Blaisdell recreated the Austrian lighter but improved it by using a rectangular case, and he equipped it with an easily-accessible lid, allowing users to light the device using only one hand. This innovation proved highly lucrative and became popular with United States servicemembers. The company now draws in around $390 million annually with this simple yet groundbreaking invention.

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 3361038 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: Gold Plated
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  3361038
  • Manufacture Year:  1932
  • 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 186 unique: Today, we’re pleased to showcase this magnificent watch that highlights America’s incredible manufacturing history — the Lancaster 186. This piece was originally constructed by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1932. This watch boasts an unforgettable dial with luxurious, gold-colored details, including its numerals, subdial, and floral design pattern. The front of the watch also displays violet arrow watch hands that look especially striking against its eggshell background. We ensconced this antique pocket watch within our Sandblasted Titanium case and equipped it with a gold-plated crown, complementing the dial’s stunning details. Our Sandblasted Titanium case features a transparent back, enabling you to view the pocket watch’s original 912-grade open-face movement with a double roller safety action, Reed regulator, and ¾ plate. You can also see the movement’s 17 breathtaking screw-set jewels as well as its gold-plated gears throughout. We topped this one-of-a-kind watch off with our comfortable Rye leather watch strap, making the final product all the more impressive.

The Hamilton Watch Company initially released the Lancaster 186’s pocket watch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1932 — the year that the Zippo Manufacturing Company opened its doors in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Zippo’s founder, George G. Blaisdell, came up with his innovative lighter after seeing a friend struggle to light a cigarette lighter designed by the Austrian company IMCO. His friend’s cigarette lighter was highly effective in staying lit because of its well-designed chimney, but the device required two hands. Blaisdell recreated the Austrian lighter but improved it by using a rectangular case, and he equipped it with an easily-accessible lid, allowing users to light the device using only one hand. This innovation proved highly lucrative and became popular with United States servicemembers. The company now draws in around $390 million annually with this simple yet groundbreaking invention.

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