Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Vivid Vintage Vulcain

Vulcain, a Swiss brand in existence since 1858 with their claim to fame with the 'Cricket' alarm watches created 90 years later. A relatively traditional brand with conservative styles that extend to today. But along came the sixties and seventies, the magic decades of originality and a playground of strange and wonderful designs from unexpected playmates.

Therefore, I've compiled an exhibit of rare vintage Vulcains of that time.

A 1970s Vulcain Cricket Alarm from the original 1947 mechanical invention inspired by the tiny insect with a big sound. When activated, the alarm ratchet vibrates on your wrist and is surprisingly loud.

An automatic winding vertical jump hour with integral cloth band as part of the watch case itself.

Two models (jump hour digital and analog) with case concealing bands.

A parking meter style jump hour from the 60s

An obscure Vulcain 'Cobra', a hard plastic case curving around the wrist like a snakehead. The top band is soft leather that fits into the solid band on the bottom. Really unusual!

The very strange Vulcain 'Eye'

One of my favorites, an asymmetric model with gradation turquoise/silver dial, a grooved steel case and unusual band that attaches over the top of the case and under at the bottom. Has a very 1960s concept car appearance.

Another variation of the asymmetric style above.

A mod curvex style metal block model

Mystery watch with floating dial/movement

Skeletonized Vulcain

1960s Vulcain Nautical Cricket Diver

And Vulcain today, with (from clockwise), the The Tourbillon Imperial Gong (Link), Golden Voice Classic (Link), Vulcanographe (Link), and the revival 1961 Cricket Nautical (Link).

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