We're excited to present a rare and desirable Hamilton Alarm A model, or "Cricket", with a movement designed by Swiss manufacturer Vulcain.
The iconic Vulcain Cricket has a long pedigree of horological significance that starts with its unveiling as the first ever alarm watch in 1947. The popular model, known as "The Watch of Presidents" when it became a favourite of many US Presidents, was also sturdy enough to accompany the first expedition to reach the peak of K2 in the Himalayas.
In 1971 Hamilton introduced four different alarm models, named Alarm A, B, C, and D. All used a rebranded Vulcain Caliber 120 movement. While most Vulcain Cricket models were offered in cheaper chrome or gold plated cases, the Hamilton version came in a sharp stainless steel case. The A model also features some very attractive details, including a sunburst finish dial, stylish arrow alarm indicator hand, and unique hour indicators at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock.
The case on this example is in fantastic shape, with exceptionally sharp lines throughout. The crystal is good, and the original "H" crown like new. The movement keeps good time, and the alarm works as it should. Overall this is a great looking watch with some interesting history behind it. To see the alarm in action and instructions on use, please watch our video.
Movement: Manual Wind: Hamilton Cal. 642 (Vulcain Cal. 120), 17 jewels, 18,000 BPH Case: 34mm (not including crown) Stainless Steel case and back Features: Alarm Strap: Hirsch Kent strap in gold brown