This is a stunning 18k red gold version of the first mass production wrist alarm, the Vulcain “Cricket”; whose 1947 introduction presaged that of the more well known Memovox by a full three years.
The Vulcain uses their own calibre 120 with 17 jewels and two winding barrels, one for the time works and one for the alarm, unlike the Memovox, they are both wound by the same crown, pressing the button above the crown moves the winding & setting from one barrel to the other.
The dial is cream coloured with outer gradations for the alarm, with each hour divided into 10 minute segments, inside this are the applied hour markers with the quarter hours denoted by applied roman numerals, whilst all the remainder are applied red gold dots. The hands are diamond shaped pink gold, whilst the alarm hand is polished steel with a black arrowhead tip, the seconds hand is blued steel.
The simple round case has downturned lugs and a double back which has perforations to let out the sound.
The case is in 95% condition, as is the movement whilst the dial is 95+%.
The watch measures 34mm diameter, 42mm lug to lug and 12.5mm high, it takes a 18mm strap and a new brown reptile style strap is fitted.
£2,500.00 (approx $3,600.00 US)