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Geneva, Nov 10, 2019

LOT 332


A fine, very rare, manual wind, stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with alarm and decompression tables.

Brand Vulcain

Model Cricket Nautical

Reference S2321

Year Circa 1961

Calibre  Rhodium plated

Diameter 42 mm

Signature Dial, Case and Movement

Accessories Original fitted box

CHF 15,000 - 25,000

HKD 120,000 - 200,000 / USD 15,000 - 25,000

Sold: CHF 17,500

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-6

Very good

Slightly oxidized

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


In the world of alarm divers watches, the Vulcain Nautical Cricket is probably one of the most sought-after alongside the Jaeger Polaris. Made in far fewer numbers, Vulcain enlisted the help of three exceptional individuals, Hannes Keller, Arthur Droz und Max-Yves Brandly. Hannes Keller was the most famous of all due to his diving exploits as he set a world diving record in 1962 at 300m. Max-Yves Brandly was an explorer and film director. The last of the three was the Swiss Arthur Droz, instructeur national de plongée et délégué du Centre d’investigations et d’activités sous-marines. According to the consignor, he bought the watch from his wife directly and it participated in the first tests. Kept in overall remarkable condition, a truly great example of one the rarest alarm dive watches ever produced.