Vulcain, most well-known for its Cricket alarm watches, has launched a faithful modern replica of their Cricket Nautical from 1970. The first Nautical models were launched back in 1961; these watches were not only capable of going down to 300m but the alarm function could work at this depth, reminding the wearer with vibration and sound when it was time to surface.
This Nautical Seventies re-issue, to be available in a 300 piece limited edition, replicates the original to the point of using hesalite crystal as well. The 42mm case has both polished and satin-brushed stainless steel finishing, the classic Vulcain casing which creates a resonance chamber for the alarm, and contains the manual-wind Cricket V-10 movement with a 42 hour power reserve and which has an alarm that can be audible for up to 20 seconds underwater. There are two barrels, one for the time function and another for the alarm. As per the original, this also has a 300m water resistance level.
As you can see from the comparative photos, the case, crowns, and pushers are virtually identical to the original, as are most of the colours. The orange central dial used to calculate decompression is fixed, and the 60-minute graduated rotating inner bezel ring operated by a screw-down crown at 4 o’clock. Of course, the bold hour-markers and hands are luminescent. This is dive watch after all.
To match the 1970s look, it comes on a water-repellent leather rally-style strap. For fans of 1970s divers, this is a very attractive proposition – a watch that looks great, is a faithful historical replica, and functional. I am definitely a fan, and to those who have an original, congratulations, it just got a whole lot more desirable. As mentioned at the beginning, the Nautical Seventies will be in a limited edition of 300 pieces and the price is CHF 5,000 (including taxes).