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    Any Information on This Vulcain?

    Thanks to a grandmother who is cleaning out the clutter, I have acquired two new [to me of course] watches. One, a Waltham that belonged to my dad as a teen. The other is a Vulcain. I will admit to having never heard of Vulcain before clapping eyes on this one.

    Here are a few pics I snapped for reference purposes.

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    There are no serial numbers on the case back, and the face only reads "Vulcain Since 1858" "17 Jewels", and "Swiss Made". I don't own a case opener, so I haven't been able to look inside.

    I wound it and it started ticking away, keeping an eye on it to see how good of time it keeps.

    Measurements are:

    35mm wide [crown included]
    40mm lug to lug
    17mm lug width

    Do I think this is a gold mine or particularly valuable? No. But I do think it's a cool looking watch, so I may keep it if the resale value isn't overly impressive.

    Thanks in advance for any dating or other bits of info, it's appreciated!

    Randy

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    Re: Any Information on This Vulcain?

    Hi, looks like a '50s watch, I would like to see movement... Can you post a picture?

    It looks very nice!!

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    Re: Any Information on This Vulcain?

    Quote Originally Posted by audiomann1973 View Post
    Hi, looks like a '50s watch
    I can't agree. Those baton hands = 70s. In any case, I like it as well

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    Re: Any Information on This Vulcain?

    I too think it a '70s watch. But pics of the movement will provide more clues. Vulcan used several makers for movements as well as their one-time owner's Revue line. These watches are usually well made and under appreciated!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Any Information on This Vulcain?

    agree-early 70s. maybe even 1970. the bar/cross dial as well as indexs were popular then too. its nice to see some non-alarm Vulcains around. OP_you might as well keep and enjoy grandpa's watch unless $100-$250 floats your boat. I doubt you will get a better made watch w family history to boot for a lot less.
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    Re: Any Information on This Vulcain?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaBaeker View Post
    agree-early 70s. maybe even 1970. the bar/cross dial as well as indexs were popular then too. its nice to see some non-alarm Vulcains around. OP_you might as well keep and enjoy grandpa's watch unless $100-$250 floats your boat. I doubt you will get a better made watch w family history to boot for a lot less.
    Actually, she's not sure where the watch came from. [probably a yard sale or thrift shop find] My grandpa wore a cheap 1980's Citizen quartz OMM [Old Man's Model] in genuine gold plate!! haha

    I was guessing late 60's to early 70's myself, but wasn't completely sure. I thought I recognized the indexes as being from that period.

    Haven't tried to get the back off with anything more than gentle hand pressure, I do want to see what's inside... guess I should try a little harder.

    Randy

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    The more I think about it, I question why I'd be keeping this watch. It's no less than 5mm smaller than I prefer so it would get little to no wrist time. Most likely, it would be pulled out of a drawer now and again and I'll think to myself that it's a cool watch then move on.

    My dad's Waltham on the other hand is one I will keep for obvious reasons.
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    Re: Any Information on This Vulcain?

    Quote Originally Posted by theinterchange View Post
    My dad's Waltham on the other hand is one I will keep for obvious reasons.
    Can we see as well (photos ).

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    Re: Any Information on This Vulcain?

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    Can we see as well (photos ).
    Will get pics today.

    Also going to run the Vulcain over to the watch repair shop 'round the corner to get the case opened.

    Randy

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    Re: Any Information on This Vulcain?

    Here's the Vulcain movement.
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    It says "Swiss Seventeen" then "17 Jewels" "Vulcain" "Unadjusted"

    Randy

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    Re: Any Information on This Vulcain?

    Well, it's an FHF (Fabrique d'Horlogerie Fontainemelon) Cal. 96 or similar:

    bidfun-db FHF_96: FHF 96

    As for the watch being from the seventies, I think it could be sixties (doesn't look whacky enough for the seventies). Fact of the matter is that it's pre 1979 - that's when the M.S.R. decided that all watches should henceforth be sold under the name "Revue Thommen".

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