A real eye-catcher, the new Nautical Seventies Limited Edition from Vulcain is a diving watch water resistant to 300 metres which features an alarm movement truly audible underwater and indicates decompression times.
The new Nautical Seventies, with its intriguing vintage look, is a faithful replica of that model and will be available in a 300-piece limited edition.
The origin of the Nautical goes back to 1961 when Vulcain first launched the Cricket Nautical, the first wristwatch capable of descending to 300 metres and audibly warning its wearer that it was time to the surface, while precisely indicating the various decompression stops. The Vulcain Cricket Nautical caused an immediate sensation in the field of deep-sea diving.
In 1970, Vulcain introduced a new version of the Nautical featuring a redesigned display layout.
|A vintage Cricket Nautical - 1970 circa|
The manually-wound Cricket V-10 movement is capable of sounding its alarm in a clearly audible manner for up to 20 seconds under water. Beating at a speed of 18,000 vibrations per hour with a 42-hour power reserve, it is equipped with twin barrels: one to supply the energy required for the hour, minute and seconds functions, and the other to power the alarm function.
The 42 mm case features alternating polished and satin-brushed finishes, and is distinguished by its emblematic triple case-back acting as a resonance chamber for the alarm so as to ensure maximum effectiveness. This intensity is further accentuated by a hesalite watch glass – the original material used in 1970 and serving to amplify the sound.
The central dial indicating decompression details in orange colours remains fixed in place, while the 60-minute graduated rotating inner bezel ring is activated by a screw-locked crown at 4 o’clock. Thanks to generous luminescent hands and square hour-markers, the readability of this watch remains optimal even in the underwater depths.
The Nautical Seventies is equipped with a strap in water-repellent leather which adds the final vintage touch.