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    Vulcain cricket query

    Hi,

    I,m fairly new so apologies if this is in the wrong place.
    I have a small collection of alarm watches and I've just bought my first Vulcain cricket. It looks late sixties /early seventies. It works fine , but I can't seem to change the time. If I push the top button down the winder pops out but the hands don't move when I turn it. Pushing it again and the alarm indicator moves.
    Do I ned to pull the winder out more or is it faulty?
    Any help appreciated

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    Sean

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    Re: Vulcain cricket query

    A few things about the cricket, assuming you have a 120 caliber (or similar) movement:

    1) The crown will wind both the alarm and the main spring. If you crank it down (towards 6), you are winding the main spring. If you crank it up (towards 12), you will wind up the alarm.
    2) To set the time, manually pull out the crown. This should make the hour hands move. Bear in mind that the cricket will only let you set the time forward. In other words, if your watch shows, say, 12h02, and you want to set it back to 12h01, you'll need to make a full rotation.
    3) To set the alarm, you push the top button full in. It will pop up the crown. If you turn the crown, then, it will let you set the alarm.
    4) Once the alarm goes off, you can stop it by subtly pressing the top pusher to a "middle" position - just slightly, not all the way in.
    5) Once the alarm goes off, you need to let it sit for 30 minutes or so to be able to crank the alarm up again.

    And, word to the wise, this is a very intriguing, peculiar movement - it does not feel or operate like anything else I ever owned. It has to be the most interesting movement I own! Since this seems to be an older watch, and maintenance history is unknown, I would take it to a watch maker to take a look just to be safe. There are few watches as satisfying to wear as a well cared for cricket.

    Best of luck, and if you feel like it, post pictures of your cricket to this thread: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f2/vulc...b-1048186.html

    Vulcain owners are usually very passionate about the brand!
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    Re: Vulcain cricket query

    Thnak you for your help. Its very useful. Yes I love my Vulcain! It seems to run very well. Its louder than my Seiko bellmatic, but not quite as loud as my cheap and cheerful Poljot which makes a right racket!

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    Re: Vulcain cricket query

    W E L C O M E . . . To the club!

    A few of mine with a few missing...:






    And the cricket...:

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    Re: Vulcain cricket query

    ^^^
    You have got some seriously COOL watches!!

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    Re: Vulcain cricket query

    Quote Originally Posted by Domo View Post
    ^^^
    You have got some seriously COOL watches!!
    G'day Mate and thank you! (I want to be Australian!)
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    Re: Vulcain cricket query

    Thats a great Collection ! Nowhere near your level yet, but I'll keep going. I love alarm watches .
    Which one is the loudest? I find the bellmatics fairly asthmatic, Poljots very buzzy and the cricket between the 2

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    Re: Vulcain cricket query

    Quote Originally Posted by laughinggravy View Post
    Thats a great Collection ! Nowhere near your level yet, but I'll keep going. I love alarm watches .
    Which one is the loudest? I find the bellmatics fairly asthmatic, Poljots very buzzy and the cricket between the 2
    From my experience:

    1) Loudest: Cricket with a resonating caseback.
    2) Strongest: most vibration: JLC Memovox, 815 calibre
    3) More interesting: Bellmatic. Yes, it's asthmatic. But you get on the same watch: day-date indicator, automatic, alarm with on/off mechanism. Not to mention, a bell costs a fraction of all swiss alarms.

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