VULCAIN – Nautical Seventies Vulcain Trophy 2013 Limited Edition

A faithful replica of the 1970 Vulcain Nautical model; the iconic diver’s watch returns in a 100-piece limited edition with a resolutely vintage look. A fascinating compendium of the identity codes that have forged the legend of the first diver’s watch equipped with an alarm movement truly audible underwater, the new Nautical Seventies Vulcain Trophy Limited Edition is water-resistant to 300 metres and indicates the successive decompression stops.

When first launched in 1961, the Cricket Nautical was truly avant-garde in all respects. For the first time ever, a wristwatch was 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. At the heart of this model that made an indelible imprint on sports- dedicated horology beat the already legendary Cricket alarm calibre. The Vulcain Cricket Nautical caused an immediate sensation in the field of deep-sea diving.

Endowed with technical characteristics meeting diver’s security requirements, this model stemmed from a pooling of various competencies:  those of the three experts with whom the Vulcain constructors chose to associate in developing the first diver’s watch equipped with an alarm audible under water.

Together, these  three specialists – Hannes Keller, a multiple record-holding  diver and mathematician; explorer and film director Max- Yves Brandily; and Arthur Droz, national diving instruction  and representative of the French C.I.A.S. (Centre d’Investigations  et d’Activités Sous-Marines) – drew upon their  considerable experience in helping the Manufacture Vulcain  to create the first watch complete with an alarm, a clear  indication of decompression steps, as well as guaranteed  water resistance to 300 m.

In 1970, Vulcain introduced a new version of its legendary Nautical featuring a redesigned display layout and now reissued in a 100-piece limited series. While the 2013 Nautical Seventies Vulcain Trophy Limited Edition has been made using the latest technical innovations, the original vintage spirit has been carefully preserved. It’s all there: starting with the manually-wound Cricket V-10 capable of sounding its alarm in a clearly audible manner for up to 20 seconds under water.

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 –, this movement finely crafted by Vulcain beats at a speed of 18,000 vibrations per hour and has a 42-hour power reserve.

Exactly like the original, the 42 mm case water-resistant to 300 metres 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 Nautical Seventies Vulcain Trophy Limited Edition owes both its aesthetic and its device to its predecessor. The central dial indicating decompression details in blue 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 comfortable and sturdy strap in water-repellent leather  adds the final vintage touch to the Nautical Seventies Vulcain  Trophy Limited Edition, available in a 100-piece limited  series.

Technical details
Nautical Seventies Vulcain Trophy 2013
100-piece Limited Edition

Case & Dial
Case: 316L steel
Back: triple case-back serving as a resonance chamber  and enabling underwater use of the alarm function and  engraved with the inscription «Vulcain Trophy»
Dial: blue re-edition of the 1970s model
Diameter: 42.00 mm
Thickness: 17.60 mm
Glass: hesalite
Water resistance: 300 metres / 990 feet

Movement
Mechanical 12-lignes manually-wound alarm movement, 25 jewels, 157 parts, twin barrels, equipped with Exactomatic system, 48° angle of lift
Decoration: nickel coating, blued screws
Functions: hours, minutes, central seconds, alarm, fixed dial with decompression-table indication and 60-minute graduated rotating inner bezel ring activated by a screwlocked crown at 4 o’clock
Frequency: 18,000 vibrations/hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Alarm duration: approx. 20 seconds

Strap
Black and blue water-repellent leather
Dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: steel pin buckle

* Organised by the Association des Multicoques de Compétition,  the Vulcain Trophy is an annual competition  composed of regattas reserved exclusively for Decision  35 multihulls.

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