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    Semi-Grail research. Vulcain Cricket.

    One of my goals is to own not only a wide variety of watches, but more specifically, collect an assortment of complications and maybe even own a few watches with historical significance. While the design is not my absolute favorite, the Vulcain Cricket is a mechanical alarm that has been worn by several presidents. This alone deserves my attention, and possibly even consideration. Here is some basic info that I have read that others may find useful:
    http://www.vulcain-uhren.de/en/about/cricket.htm



    Does anyone on this forum have any good information on the Cricket? Where is a good place to get one for a reasonable amount of money? Does anyone have any personal experience (photos or otherwise) with this model? I don't know what it is, but I feel my heart flutter when I read or see pictures of this watch. I can't wait to hear one in person.





    Is this the "hammer" at the 12:00-1:00 position? What does it strike, it is hard to tell. Would a saphire back be less resonate than the traditional two part back on the cricket?

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    Re: Semi-Grail research. Vulcain Cricket.

    Here is a pic of a vintage Cricket borrowed from OC watch. Really nice vintage if you like older watches.

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    Re: Semi-Grail research. Vulcain Cricket.

    What's reasonable?

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    Re: Semi-Grail research. Vulcain Cricket.

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    What's reasonable?
    I guess I should have been clearer. I have seen the prices on these range from $120 to $1,200. I know there is a margin for price differences because they are vintage, but I have no clue where on the spectrum a decent value buy would be. I wouldn't need a mint piece, but would want something that would last as well.

    Is there a resource for the different models/styles that have been made throughout the years?

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    Re: Semi-Grail research. Vulcain Cricket.

    I did see some on redfingerprint.com also Finertimes.com....

    I don't know much about the sites but could be a place to start.

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    Re: Semi-Grail research. Vulcain Cricket.

    I used to have a Vulcain Cricket Nautical, which I recently traded. I bought it from Collector's Time about a year ago. Ferocious alarm. Unusual crown which both wound the movement counterclockwise, and wound the alarm clockwise. Never had a problem with it, although I have seen press about the 2 o'clock pusher having "issues" on some watches. The hands were tough for me to read so it never saw much wrist-time.

    I have an IWC alarm watch, as well as a JLC Memovox. The Cricket ruled the alarm roost.

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    Re: Semi-Grail research. Vulcain Cricket.

    I love my nautical:



    Only wear it occasionally due to perceived fragility and a super domed acrylic crystal. I bought mine used, had to have work done on it and I can honestly say Vulcain customer service was outstanding. Keep your eye out on the sales forums, various crickets come up for sale from time to time...
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    Re: Semi-Grail research. Vulcain Cricket.

    Wow, those nauticals are amazing. I have read several comparisons of alarm watches, and in all of them, the cricket scored the most points for alarm sound (although I think Louis Vuitons got a lot of points for the "note" on theirs as well. it just wasn't loud enough).

    other articles I have come across highlighted the history of the watch as being a "true" presidents watch, since quite a few of them had one model or another.

    Personally, I think I would really get some use out of the alarm function. I would like to go vintage just for costs, but the newer models look much better IMO. I will keep an eye open on the sales forum.

    How does the 2:00 pusher work? Does it move the alarm ahead 15 minutes?

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    Re: Semi-Grail research. Vulcain Cricket.

    Hey, Darold. There's one on eBay right now, but it looks like it's seen better days.
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    I found my favorite vulcain cricket on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...0%3D%26fvi%3D1

    The seller relisted the watch for around $380 starting price but I don't have the auction number.

    I was very intrigued by mechanical alarm watches, and I found the videos of Armbandwecker on youtube to be a wonderful resource. He has an extensive collection of mechanical alarm watches which he videos and I had the pleasure of getting some recommendations for my first mechanical alarm from him. Here is one Vulcain video of his: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au5G7olZSA0

    And here is a page with all of his videos on: http://www.youtube.com/profile_video...=Armbandwecker



    Also here is an animation of the vulcain V10 movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpaQ8VugCVg

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