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Vulcain is likely best known for its innovative Cricket alarm watch. While brands like Jaeger-LeCoultre developed its own wrist alarm, Vulcain is noteworthy for doing it first. Unveiled in 1947, the Cricket ranks as one of the most accurate and well-known of Vulcain's watches, and has been bestowed to almost every President since Truman.
Yet despite this lineage, Vulcain also produced other wristwatches--many of them with complications such as chronographs. The brand's founder, Maurice Ditisheim, was himself an expert in the production of complicated movements for pocket-watches. So it's no surprise that his company--named after that divine master mechanic, the god Vulcan--would produce perhaps the most versatile of complications, the chronograph.
Along with many other brands (from Hamilton to Rolex), Vulcain utilized chronograph movements designed by famed èbauche manufacturer Valjoux. Valjoux--founded by Adolphe Nicole in 1844--specialized from the very beginning in the production of manually-wound chronograph movements. The manufacturer further changed the course of horological history by developing the first chronograph movement with a column wheel in the 1890s, a technology which would be featured in almost every chronograph until Landeron developed the cam in the late 1940s.
The Vulcain chrono that we feature here utilizes the Valjoux 7733, the same movement that powered early versions of the Heuer Carrera. The crowning feature of this chrono is without question its dial, an unusual surfboard design with a funky accent in the center, reminiscent of a radio cabinet from the 1960s. Housed in an a 36.5mm case and fitted with barrel pushers, the result is a visually-arresting watch, sporty and sharp--which will make a perfect companion for fans of exotic dial designs and racing spirit.
Chrome plated case is approximately 36.5mm (excluding crown and pushers). Vulcain Reference 3786. Valjoux Caliber 7733 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement. Circa 1960s.
Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition showing no signs of chrome-peeling or any unsightly blemishes. Unusual "radio" racing style is in excellent condition with crisp printing and no signs of discoloration or hand drag. Hands are in similarly excellent condition. Original case back bears crisp Olympic engraving and shows no signs of polishing. Unsigned crown.
Includes rubberized "Tropic" style strap with perforations.