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History of Vulcain

Vulcain earned its reputation as “The Watch for Presidents” starting with 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman. Vulcain’s meteoric rise to fame was not one of sheer luck, but one of innovation. They are the proud inventor of the mechanical cricket alarm complication dating all the way back to 1947, which earned them their much-coveted reputation as a watch making brand.

Vulcain Long Jump Enamel VU100508.052L

So how DID they achieve such a magnificent feat? How did they manage to get an automatic watch to sound off an alarm? With the ingenious idea to have a dual barrel mechanism to separate the spring for the watch and the spring for the alarm! This allowed the watch to achieve the cricket alarm function without compromising the watch’s power reserve. Hence, gaining widespread recognition when presented at a Swiss watch fair in 1947.


Fast forward to 1953, then President of the United States, Harry S. Truman, was presented a 14k gold Vulcain mechanical cricket alarm watch on the eve of his last day in the presidential office. This started a tradition of most presidents receiving a Vulcain upon leaving the presidential office. Thus, earning them the reputation of “The Watch for Presidents”.


Vulcain is truly deserving of its reputation and even more so of a place in every collector’s collection. If this piqued your interest, be sure to check out our website here!

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