Founded by Maurice Ditisheim in 1858, Vulcain is best known for being the inventor of the wristwatch alarm complication.
The Cricket was first introduced for sale in 1947, although the company had been working on an alarm watch since at least 1942, when Robert Ditisheim produced the first prototype of the Caliber 120, the movement that would becomes synonymous with the mechanical alarm. Powered by two springs, one for the movement and one for the alarm, the ingenious use of a sliding rocker allowed both springs to be wound by a single crown. Fully wound, the alarm would ring for just under 25 seconds without affecting the power reserve of the watch itself.
The Cricket was wildly successful, and after it became a favourite of a number of US Presidents, received the monicker "The Watch of Presidents". It was also robust enough to accompany the first expedition to reach the peak of K2 in the Himalayas.
Reference: S2314A Movement: Type: Manual Wind, Vulcain Caliber 120, 17 jewels We have given the movement a complete service. It works eagerly, keeping good time, and the alarm works as it should, ringing sharply. One year mechanical warranty included. Case: 34mm (not including crown and pusher) gold plated case and stainless steel back Bracelet: Molequin Saffiano leather strap in oxford blue, quick release spring bars (MSRP: €105.00) Overall Condition: Gold plated case has been professionally replated and is in excellent condition, while the steel back has a few minor marks of wear. Original signed Vulcain crown and pusher. New acrylic crystal. Polished gold dial has some marks of wear, particularly where the original radium hour plots were removed at some point, while the hands have been relumed.