Hands-On With The Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents Watch

Advertised as the watch of the US Presidents, however in the event that you are – like me – not from the US, that’s something I can’t partner with. In any event not in the equivalent was as somebody who is really from the USA, I presume. At any rate, in spite of this Vulcain Cricket is known as the 50s Presidents Watch which I scarcely can identify with, there are various different things that make it an exceptionally fascinating timepiece:

  • manufacture movement
  • alarm complication (Vulcain claims a ‘first’ since 1947)
  • attractive design
  • interesting history of ‘wearers’

The last slug identifies with the US Presidents (Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson and later ones too) who wore one obviously. For me it isn’t the main angle, however it gives the watch a decent piece of ‘magic’ I guess.

The watch I got from Le Locle is the Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents Watch, reference 210150.278LF. I requested this specific one for audit as I love the dial tone (charcoal dim) and comes on a pleasant calfskin crocodile tie. This specific model has the Cricket Caliber V-21 development, in-house created and self-winding. The main Cricket watches had a hand-wound development Vulcain actually offers hand-twisted types also (type V-11).

Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents Watch Review

A great deal of the watches we get for an audit are stuffed in a movement pocket or plastic retainer, not in the authority box. The equivalent goes for this Vulcain Cricket, so I can’t reveal to you much about it: regardless of whether it has some reference to the US Presidents or not. This Vulcain Cricket ref. 210150.278LF comes on a dark calfskin croc tie and – as written in the presentation – with a decent charcoal dim dial.

A parcel of metal on the Vulcain Cricket dial

The first thing to see is that this is definitely not a little watch. Despite the fact that the 42mm measurement approaches that of my Speedmaster Professional watches, it seems, by all accounts, to be bigger. Likely due to the meager bezel and the way that this is a round even case while the Speedmaster Pro has a-balanced case with lyre drags and viably, a more modest dial surface. Enormous Roman numerals are situated at 12, 3 and 9 o’clock. At 6 o’clock there is a date gap with a white date circle haggle dark striking Font to demonstrate the date. The dial has thick applied files and brilliant white printing. The Vulcain logo is applied at 12 o’clock and the words are composed right above it. By one way or another, there has all the earmarks of being a ton of ‘steel’ on the dial. It very well may be because of the enormous dauphin molded hour and moment hands or the additional hand to show the hour of alert, I don’t know yet.

Between the applied hour markers, you see ’10, 30, 50′ written (in white) to show the alert time. The caution hand in the picture above focuses at 9:30 (both PM and AM). More about its usefulness later on.

Although there is a ton of metal on the dial of the Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents Watch, I can’t say it is jumbled or garbled. On the opposite even. The enormous hands and huge numerals and files make it simple to peruse the time. The more modest hand with the little bolt (practically like a GMT hand) doesn’t meddle or mistake for any of different hands on the dial. All hands are pleasantly cleaned however have no glowing material on them. Under low light conditions or around evening time that can be an issue (in the event that you care about this).

Modern estimated instance of the Vulcain Cricket

The Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents Watch has an intriguing case with a great deal of subtleties to it. In spite of the fact that it may appear to a piece ‘polished’ and blingy on the off chance that you take a gander at it from the top, the case band has an awesome brushed completion. Albeit the watch looks round from the top, if take a gander along the edge of the Vulcain Cricket, you will see the decent sharp corners and edges in the brushed case band. The case back is in a bad way on the center case part and is completely cleaned. In the left piece of the case you’ll locate the little corrector for the date of the Vulcain Cricket. The correct side has the winding crown and caution pusher. The sapphire gem on the front side has a pleasant ‘domed’ appearance and gives the Vulcain Cricket somewhat of a vintage edge.

The photograph above shows that the watch from the front looks round and cleaned. The crown is unsigned, yet has an exceptionally decent waffle design on it. Somewhat like the dial of the vintage Vulcain Cricket watches of the 1950s. The watch is truly comfortable on the wrist and comes with this dark gator calfskin tie and twofold collapsing catch. I’ve worn the watch for a long while and it didn’t need a lot of time to get acclimated to the pusher and crown on the right.

Vulcain V-21 Movement

Inside the Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents Watch is the programmed winding type V-21 development. An excellent enlivened development obvious through the caseback of the watch. Before I will focus in on the development, let’s talk a digit about working the watch first.

The crown has a number of functions. Winding the development, setting the time and winding the barrel for the caution. By pressing the catch at 2 o’clock. the crown jumps out a score and is prepared to have the caution hand set to the hour of your wake-up-all or ‘memo’. As portrayed in one of the segments over, the external scale (imprinted in white on the dial) can be utilized to set the alert generally exact. When set you can push the crown towards the case again and you are all set. The alert will keep going for around 20 seconds. Adequately long and uproarious enough to make you awaken, that is without a doubt. In the event that the alert goes off, you can see that little hammer moving to and fro inside the watch.

As for particulars, the Vulcain V-21 type development has an alert and date highlight (other than the time) and has a rhodium covering, côtes de Geneve finish, blued screws, twofold barrel and is 8.4mm thick. The development ticks at 18,000 vph and has a 42-hour power hold. The development comprises of an aggregate of 271 components. On the rotor, you will see the word ‘Exactomatic’.

The Exactomatic (licensed by Vulcain in 1946) is an advancement from the assembling and assists with guaranteeing a more standard abundancy and more prominent exactness while being worn. To put it plainly, the principe is to level the grinding on the equilibrium wheel hub altogether positions by having the Incabloc endstones changed. It is a selective system by Vulcain.

Verdict on the Vulcain Cricket (ref. 210150.278LF)

The Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents Watch is one cool watch. Indeed, even without the USA Presidents piece of history – which is a significant one for US gatherers yet additionally for the brand, I am certain – this is an exceptionally intriguing watch. The Vulcain is in excess of a lovely dress watch, it has an exceptionally flawless component that is still to some degree uncommon. Although brands like Breguet, Panerai, Blancpain, Ulysse Nardin, Graham, Zenith and obviously Jaeger-LeCoultre have their alert watches, it is just a tiny part compared to different complications. Be that as it may, I think it is a quite fascinating complication and certainly adds esteem. I can envision having a caution watch with you during voyaging, however for home use and ‘memo’ use I surmise everybody utilizes their smartwatch nowadays. Maybe when you really have a caution watch like the Vulcain Cricket, you will likewise utilize it frequently.

Besides the set of experiences/legacy and the alert component, it is an exceptionally pleasant piece to wear consistently. The alert complication has its cost obviously, in light of the fact that top notch cost of $9,700.- USD. The Heritage form (hand-woud and no date) has a more alluring sticker price of $5,400 USD yet is a slight bit more modest also (39mm). A bigger (42mm) hand-wound Vulcain Cricket 50s Presidents Watch is accessible for $6,770.- USD. A full outline of all 50s President Watch models from the Vulcain Cricket assortment can be found .

Whichever model you will browse the Vulcain Cricket assortment, you won’t be disillusioned. It is an incredible watch with fascinating complication (in-house created and made) for every day use. More data on the authority .

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