The story of the alarm wristwatch Vulcain Cricket «the Presidents’ watch» continues…

Vulcain presents a line extension of its Cricket alarm wristwatch collection with a new-look dial, featuring a subtle guilloché decoration and a strap specially designed to match the dial.

 

When  presented again in 2010 to the specialised press this was the rebirth of an icon. We saw a contemporary model with a fifties spirit: such was the guiding theme behind the creation of the Vulcain 50s Presidents’ Watch collection. An alarm watch inspired by the models of the 1950s, but it should meet today’s standards.

Right from its launch in 2010, with the first models marketed in 2011, Vulcain 50s Presidents’ Watch collection seduced watch connoisseurs and collectors. Equipped with Vulcain’s legendary Cricket Calibre, the collection was quickly made available in manual and automatic versions.

The year 1947 will forever be a special date in the history of watchmaking, marked by Vulcain’s entry into the field of alarm watches. That was the year the brand unveiled its first mechanical alarm wristwatch, equipped with what would later become the legendary Cricket Calibre. The success of the Cricket watch spread rapidly; amongst its notable wearers were Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon and Johnson, earning it the nickname of «the Presidents’ watch».

 

The early Vulcain Cricket watches...

The early Vulcain Cricket watches…

 

The destiny of the Vulcain 50s Presidents’ Watch has developed aesthetically and mechanically throughout the history of the manufacture. For Baselworld 2015, the brand decided to promote this iconic collection with a new-look dial combining elegance and refinement. Remaining faithful to the brand’s codes, the new manual range, which is available in numerous colour options, features a subtle guilloché decoration and a strap specially designed to match the dial.

 

Identical to all models shown… CALIBRE VULCAIN CRICKET MANUFACTURE V-11

Movement: 12-lignes mechanical hand-wound alarm calibre with date, 30 jewels, 199 components, double barrel, equipped with the Exactomatic system, lift angle 48°

Decoration: nickel coating, blued screws, skeleton ratchet Functions: hour, minute, centre seconds, alarm, date window at 6 o’clock

Frequency: 18,000 vibrations per hour (= 2,5 Hz)

Power reserve: 42 hours

Alarm duration: circa 20 seconds

 

 

CASE

Case: 316L steel
Case-back: sapphire revealing the stylised “V” for Vulcain

Dial: silver guilloché with rhodium indexes

Diameter: 42,00 mm
Height: 13,90 mm
Glass Glace: domed shape sapphire crystal
Water resistance:: 5 ATM

STRAP

Strap: gold or chestnut Louisiana alligator

Dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: steel pin buckle, option of steel folding clasp

 

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

 

 

CASE

Case: 316L steel
Case-back: sapphire revealing the stylised “V” for Vulcain

Dial: sandstone guilloché with rhodium indexes

Diameter: 42,00 mm

Height: 13,90 mm
Glass Glace: domed shape sapphire crystal
Water resistance:: 5 ATM

STRAP

Strap: black or sandstone Louisiana alligator

Dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: steel pin buckle, option of steel folding clasp

 

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

 

 

CASE

Case: 316L steel
Case-back: sapphire revealing the stylised “V” for Vulcain

Dial: chocolate sunray or greystone guilloché with rhodium indexes

Diameter: 42,00 mm
Height: 13,90 mm
Glass Glace: domed shape sapphire crystal
Water resistance:: 5 ATM

STRAP

Strap: chocolate calf carbon imitation or greystone with light grey stiching Louisiana alligator
Dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: steel pin buckle, option of steel folding clasp

 

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

 

 

CASE

Case: bicolored 5N 18 carat pink gold / 316L steel
Case-back: sapphire revealing the stylised “V” for Vulcain

Dial: greystone or charcoal grey guilloché with pink indexes

Diameter: 42,00 mm

Height: 13,90 mm
Glass Glace: domed shape sapphire crystal
Water resistance:: 5 ATM

STRAP

Strap: greystone or black Louisiana alligator

Dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: steel pin buckle, option of steel folding clasp

 

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents’ Watch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. Debashish says:

    The watches look really great!

  2. Richard says:

    I love Vulcain watches. I own a charcoal grey Nautical limited edition to 209 pieces. Its a stunner…

  3. Guy says:

    My reaction is if I wanted a Cricket I would buy an original. So I looked and immediately found one in 14K Au for 1.500 USD.

  4. alex says:

    i am sharpening my teeth for a long time for a cricket from Vulcain

  5. Fabian Diaz says:

    I like the brown version in steel….

    -I would like to know the price.

  6. CCN 1410 says:

    Extraordinarily beautiful watches!