Vulcain

Producing watches fit for their time since 1858, Vulcain now occupies a mansion in Le Locle. In this cradle of Swiss watchmaking, the Firm has brought together the best watchmaking skills to preserve and maintain an undertaking that is still helping to write some of the greatest pages of watchmaking history.

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  • About Vulcain

    The Ditisheim brothers' workshop was founded in 1858 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, by Maurice Ditisheim. He worked with his brother, a watch repairer.

    The manufacture was soon noticed because of its complication watches, and received a number of awards at Universal Expositions.

    In 1891, Maurice Ditisheim passed the Firm onto his son Ernest-Albert, who was then 22. In 1898, the Firm changed its name and began to produce its timepieces under the name “Vulcain”.

    In 1929, Vulcain won the Grand Prix at the Universal Exposition in Barcelona, where it stood out for the accuracy and reliability of its movements.

    Eighteen years later, the manufacture launched the first mechanical alarm clock movement. The Cricket caliber became a part of the legend as the “presidents' watch”. All US Heads of State, from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama, have received a Vulcain.

    The technical qualities of these timepieces have won over explorers and adventurers alike since the 1950s, with the manufacture becoming the partner for various sea and mountain expeditions; in 1961, it launched the Nautical model, with an alarm that is audible under water.

    Biding its time in the quartz years which were alien to its philosophy, Vulcain came to life again in 2002; thanks to its fine mechanical watchmaking and useful complications, it has successfully met the expectations of clients seeking original watches.

  • Vulcain's philosophy

    Producing watches fit for their time since 1858, Vulcain now occupies a mansion in Le Locle.

    In this cradle of Swiss watchmaking, the Firm has brought together the best watchmaking skills to preserve and maintain an undertaking that is still helping to write some of the greatest pages of watchmaking history.

    With the constant desire to offer timepieces meeting the various requirements down through the years of its existence, Vulcain has invented must-have movements such as the Cricket alarm caliber – still used in many of the brand's models.

  • Vulcain's 5 key dates

    1858: the Ditisheim Frères manufacture is founded in La Chaux-de-Fonds
    1889: Universal Exposition in Paris and an award for a grand complication
    1947: Cricket, the first alarm watch astounds the world with its strident sound
    1961: the Nautical, a unique diver's watch, enters the sea for the first time
    2002: Vulcain comes to life again, moving to Le Locle, Switzerland

  • Vulcain's collections

    50s Presidents' Classic: This collection, drawing inspiration from the 1950s, lives on with new mechanical and aesthetic interpretations. These models are equipped with the Vulcain Cricket alarm movement.

    50s Presidents' 2012: Classicism and finesse are the watchwords for this modern version of the 1950s model.

    50s Presidents' Chronograph: At the crossroads of sophistication and accuracy, Vulcain has now reintroduced a contemporary version of the iconic single button chronograph.

    Anniversary Heart: Fitted with the Cricket alarm caliber, this collection displays the meticulous finish on the legendary mechanism through its open dial.

    Aviator: This collection comes in 2 versions: Dual Time and GMT. The Dual Time, with an elegant, sports design, features two time bands. The GMT, fitted with the legendary manual wind Cricket caliber, has a 24-hour time display.

    Nautical: Available in Heritage and Vulcain Trophy versions, the Nautical is one of the first waterproof alarm wristwatches audible under water.

    Cloisonne: In this collection, Vulcain displays its command of Grand Feu enamel techniques.

  • Contact Vulcain

    Manufacture des montres Vulcain S.A.
    Chemin des Tourelles 4
    CH-2400 Le Locle
    Tel +41 32 930 80 10

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Featured Vulcain Watches

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    50s Presidents’

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  • Thumbnail Vulcain 50s Presidents' Moonphase 580158.329L - watch face view

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    50s Presidents’

    Moonphase

  • Thumbnail Vulcain Aviator Instrument Chronograph 590263A07.BFC002 - watch face view

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    Aviator

    Instrument Chronograph

  • Thumbnail Vulcain First Lady Automatic 61S564N1T.BBL413 Watch-face-view

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    First Lady Automatic - Gold

  • Thumbnail Vulcain - Nautical Seventies

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    Nautical

    Heritage Seventies

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Clock,

A device designed to indicate the time. The earliest forms of clock were clepsydras, gnomons, sundials and hourglasses. The mechanical clock appeared in the early 14th century. Balance-spring clock. The regulating organ in watches is the balance and spring assembly which is also used in medium-sized clocks known as pendulum clocks or carriage clocks. The atomic clock or, more correctly, the molecular clock is a quartz clock in which the oscillation of the quartz crystal is stabilised by that of the nitrogen atom of an ammonia molecule; this latter oscillation is independent of temperature, pressure, shocks and ageing. Clocks are also named according to their style of construction, their regulating organ or their intended purpose.