Vulcain Chronograph with Box and Papers
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Vulcain Chronograph with Box and Papers

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 LeJour to Ollech & Wajs and Nivada), 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, and comes complete with box and papers--a rare find. The dial is a vibrant blue with a bright orange chronograph hand, a funky accent that screams 1960s style. Housed in an a 36.5mm chrome 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. 

Details

Chrome plated case is approximately 37mm (excluding crown and pushers). Valjoux 7733 Manually-Wound chronograph. Circa 1960s.

Overall Condition: Chrome plated case is in excellent condition with only light signs of wear and no plating loss. Dial is in excellent condition but has a small blemish above the "N" and on the outer tachymeter scale near 11:15. Unsigned crown. Screw down Vulcain-signed case back has some light scratches and tool marks but is in otherwise good condition.

Includes one 18mm black leather rally style strap and two 18mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle

Also includes box, instruction manuals, and hangtags.

SKU: TT01142

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