my vintage watches

The 30-second summary.
When it comes to alarm watches, you're probably looking at Jaeger-LaCoultre with its Memovox, or to Vulcain with its titular Cricket series. While collectors flock after the Memovox for its current relevance and also its larger case size, Vulcain's Cricket is of no less pedigree.


What's so special about the watch?
Mechanical alarm watches don't get a lot of love, but for a collector of many they present a lower entry barrier to really excellent vintage pieces. This Vulcain Cricket for example, is one good example of a high quality watch at a reasonable price point.

 

The watch listed is the iconic "Diamond 12" Cricket watches where a large lume diamond sits at 12'O, all on a stark white dial that matches so well with the mustard cream lume on the Arabic numerals and hands.

 

A lot of noise comes out of the smaill case of this cricket, and its overall condition screams out for a collector looking to own a classic dress piece from the 60s.

 

What are the functions of the watch?

Time only, with mechanical alarm.

 

Let me tell you about the case...

The yellow gold plated case is in impeccable condition, the plating still solid with no signs of falling off. Coming off at 32mm, the case is a little hard to swallow for the modern collector, the curved lugs adding to a total of 40mm lug-to-lug. 

 

The dainty size of the case accentuates the light-touch design elements - smooth curves from the lugs onto a polished bezel with the iconic crown and alarm pusher of the Cricket at 3 and 2'O.

 

And now the dial...

The complex information like the alarm markings and railroad tracks for the minutes have been reserved for the outer ring, a smart decision to not clutter the inside of an otherwise small dial. Printed in blue onto a white dial, the markings on the outside are truely stunning when you peer at them under the sun or through a loupe.

 

At 12'O, a large diamond lume cuts out ever so slightly from the sector ring, with its accompanying Acacbic numerals sitting neatly inside, some of them with the edges barely touching the printed circle. Very good detail.

 

Finally, the lake of calm that is the centre of the dial sees only the applied curved Vulcain logo with the Cricket moniker. Classy.

 

Let's not forget the hands...

Lozenge hands are filled with the same magnificantly patina'd lume as on the diamond, their sharp points cutting just into the hour and minute marks to make time telling an artform. The sweeping seconds hands is as long as the minute hands, with longest alarm hand with the black painted arrow end hitting the edge of the outside ring. Oh, the precision.

"Diamond" - 1960s Vulcain Cricket Mechanical Alarm

$1,280.00Price
  • Specifications

    • Hour, minutes and sweep seconds hands
    • Two-tone sector dial with applied markers
    • 32mm stainless steel case
    • 40mm lug-to-lug
    • 18mm lug width
    • Vulcain manual wind alarm movement @ 18,000vph
    • Acrylic crystal 
    • Aftermarket weave brown leather strap
     

    Disclosure: The hands are experiencing a bit of rush. Please examine photos closely.

     

    This watch will be shipped via FedEx International Door-to-Door.

     

    This is a vintage timepiece. Please expect signs of ageing and wear. Watch is checked to be in working condition when shipped. International sales are final; buyers are advised to ask all questions before purchase. Accuracy of watch cannot be guaranteed and there might be unexpected issues due to its age; servicing is recommended for practical everyday use.
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