More than just the specialist in mechanical alarm watches, Vulcain has always been renowned for mechanical watchmaking prowess. And they’re back on the scene, front and center.
Judging by the reboot, it’s as if they had never left it.
The legendary name in Swiss watchmaking with a rich heritage and history is back again in full force, reenergized and raring to go: VULCAIN, date of birth: 1858. Place of birth: Le Locle, at the heart of the cradle of Swiss watchmaking
Building on its rich heritage, Vulcain looks to the future with Guillaume Laidet helming its product strategy.
Vulcain Back to the future
With a touch of audacity and a twinkle in his eyes, this vintage watch enthusiast, new-generation entrepreneur and digital business genius strikes again: practically an old hand at this kind of challenge, which he relishes, Guillaume brings his genius into writing
a new chapter in the story of the famed Manufacture based in the Swiss Jura Mountains.
Already, Vulcain is registering loud and clear on the watchmaking radar with substantive watches sporting a retro look, packed with a rich heritage, at ultra-competitive prices.
If the comeback of the legendary Cricket alarm watch in October 2022 caused the community to perk up, Vulcain’s next revelation draws the spotlight on another competence of the brand, this one in the underwater realm: the reissue of the Vulcain Nautique 38mm, a diving watch legend from the 60s, keeps the bar high and captures the imagination with impeccable aquatic credentials.
Vulcain Nautique – Right there at the beginning of diving watch history
Think “Vulcain” and the first thing that comes to mind is “Cricket”. That would be selling the brand short; Vulcain is a treasure trove of watchmaking sleeping beauties that resonate with a nostalgic vibe.
Diver Nautique is all set to make a splash in the vintage-like market. Inspired by a Vulcain model launched in 1960, it is powered by ETA’s 2824 three-hand Swiss automatic caliber with a 38-hour power reserve, the workhorse among the famed movement maker’s range of mechanical calibers.
Its resolutely vintage presence make this 1,490 CHF diver’s watch more than a compelling proposition in the landscape of reissued diving watches of yesteryear.
The Diver Nautique has all the attributes of an underwater tool watch, as evidenced by the ultra-legible Super-Luminova-enhanced hands and indexes, which come in khaki brown for an elegant contrast by day and enhanced legibility in low-light conditions, and the unidirectional fluted bezel with black ceramic insert and contrasting white markers.
Rated to a depth of 200 meters, the watch is ideally proportioned with a 38mm stainless-steel case.
Vulcain’s Diver Nautique sports diver is offered in two versions:
The Diver Nautique 38mm comes with a matte black dial with white transfer-printed minute track and signature, khaki brown Super-Luminova-en- hanced hands and hour markers; the ‘quick-change’ strap is leather with a black carbon pattern and matching stitching.
The Diver Nautique 38mm with a vertical brushed blue dial; transfer-printed minute track and signa- ture in white; khaki brown Super-Luminova-en- hanced hands and hour markers; the leather strap with a black carbon pattern and matching stitching conveniently features a ‘quick-change’ system.
Dial options: Matte black with white transfer print and khaki brown Super-Luminova-enhanced hands and indexes (VUL-DI-001) Vertical-brushed blue with white transfer print and khaki brown Super-Luminova-enhanced hands and indexes (VUL-DI-002)
References: Black version – VUL-DI-001 / Blue version – VUL-DI-002 Case: 316L vertical-brushed stainless steel
Bezel:Unidirectional rotating bezel with black ceramic insert
Case back: 316L polished stainless steel
Diameter: 38mm Thickness: 12.2mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal Water resistance: 20 ATM
Strap: Black leather strap with carbon pattern and matching stitching Buckle: 316L stainless steel
Movement: ETA 2824 – automatic, self-winding mechanical Functions: Analog display of hours, minutes and seconds Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 38 hours
Retail price: 1,490 CHF