Robert Ditisheim, the founder of Vulcain, was seemingly obsessed with creating a waterproof, reliable and also elegant watch that incorporated an easily audible alarm. He, along with engineers Henry Robert and Blaise Fivaz spent 5 years working on this problem and the big breakthrough came when they turned their attention to the loud chirping of the cricket which generates considerable resonance using their slender bodies.This led to the case of the watch itself becoming the resonator for the alarm function and the resulting time piece being named the Cricket. With its lound reliable alarm and the marketing claim of the first alarm wrist watch the Cricket became an almost overnight success. So much so that presidents Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and, finally in 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson could all be seen with Vulcain Crickets on their wrists.
The 34mm rose gold capped case is in great condition. The lugs are fat and the edges of the case are remarkably sharp with no base metal showing through the gold at any part of the case. There is a bit of tarnishing on the case but that could be easily removed by the new owner should they choose to do so. The crown is a later replacement Vulcain crown and there is a crack in the acrylic crystal.
The Dial and Hands
The white dial on this Vulcain Cricket is in very good condition with no major faults or scratches. The lume plot 1 and 4 minute markers are all present and have aged to a light caramel color. The handset appears to be correct.
This watch features a Vulcain 120 manual wound alarm movement. The watch is running with the alarm function working as expected. The service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Manual, Vulcain Cal. 120|
|Case Material||Rose Gold Capped|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|