The encounter of two diving legends: The Polaris 65 and the Vulcain Cricket Nautical.

 By: amanico : March 28th, 2013-06:42
As we well know, the first Alarm Diving Watch was a Jaeger-Lecoultre, but not the one you are thinking about.

Indeed, it was not the Polaris, but the Deep Sea Alarm ( 1959 )

The second was not a Jaeger-Lecoultre, but a... Vulcain, the Cricket Nautical ( 1961 ), a watch I didn't have the pleasure to see in the real, till... Yesterday, when a good Purist and friend came in Paris wuth this marvel.

We also know that it was in 1963 that Jaeger-Lecoulte made the first protos of the Polaris, Protos which are very close to the Polaris 65, not to say identical.

Here are these two legands, side by side:

As you can see, the case ( Piquerez Super Compressor ) is the same, as well as the case back, which, on the Vulcain, always shows these famous 16 holes we don't systematically find on the Polaris 65, while they are systematically present on the Polaris 68.

The Vulcain Cricket Nautical case back:

One thing is sure: I have to get one, which I did already know, but seeing one in the flesh is a strong experience.

Best, and thanks to our Purist friend to have authorized me to take and post these pictures.


There is something

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : March 28th, 2013-06:53
magical about that Vulcain dial
Both amazing icons
I would also like to have one Cricket
Thank you for another treat my friend

My tortured pleasure, my friend; ;)

 By: amanico : March 28th, 2013-07:00

I was aware that the case maker...

 By: watchme : March 28th, 2013-06:54

at that time was the same for both models. I didn't know that the horns were exactly the same, or so they look in the picture. The only variation seems to be the crystal/bezel. Am I right? Also, both "buzzed," as (I believe) JLC hadn't invented the suspended gong yet, but the 2 watches sounded different - since the "Cricket" had its famous "chirp."


The lugs are indeed the same, Dean.

 By: amanico : March 28th, 2013-07:04

The beze ans the crowns are indeed different, and the alarm " buzzes " in both case, but the tonality is more in the low register in the Polaris, yes.



So what do you think of the Vulcain tribute/reissue Nautical?

 By: Dave G : March 28th, 2013-08:42
We have fondness for the Polaris Tribute pieces, but I think the Vulcain Nautical reissue seems quite nice and true to the original (although I've only seen photos).


I think it is an excellent offer from Vulcain, faithful to the original

 By: amanico : March 28th, 2013-08:45

And a must have if you own the original Cricket Nautical and / or the Tribute to Polaris.

Something which crossed my mind more than once.



Two classic and beautiful timepieces Nicolas!!...

 By: Subexplorer : March 28th, 2013-08:58
... reunited in your great shot, for our visual pleasure!

How nice to cross our paths with any of the two (or better with both!) and being able to catch it!

Well, daydreaming is also a nice part of collecting!

Gracias por compartirlos mi querido amigo!!

Que tengas unas hermosas Pascuas con tu familia!
Y recibe mi afectuoso y fuerte abrazo,

Funny to see how some watches can escape from us.

 By: amanico : March 28th, 2013-09:02

This one is one of them... But I will persist.


I will post more pictures of this beauty on HoMe this week end, if I have the time.

Felizes Pascuas a ti tambien, Amigo mio. ( Pensaba que se llamaba Semana Santa? )

Un abrazo.


Perseverance is part of the game! As well as patience!...

 By: Subexplorer : March 28th, 2013-12:25
... two necessary ingredients in the passion for collecting.

I´m sure sooner or later will arrive to your wrist Nicolas!

Yes, Semana Santa is the whole week where Pascua festivitiy is held, beginning last Sunday of ashes, tomorrow Holy Friday,  till next Sunday celebrating Resurrection, ending Semana Santa.

Anyway, we have a very long week end here, as Monnday and Tuesday are local festivities too. A long week end to enjoy our watches!

Felices Pascuas again!
Un abrazo muy afectuoso, Abel.

Well, it will give me more time to write some reviews. ;)

 By: amanico : March 28th, 2013-12:29


 By: ocwatching : March 28th, 2013-10:44

great vintages...yummy...

and I am poor...

The problem of the Vulcain is not to fund it, but to find it, my friend. ;)

 By: amanico : March 28th, 2013-11:54

interesting pair...

 By: DRMW : March 28th, 2013-11:43
How loud is it compared to the JLC?


In a higher register, Ming. While the Polaris sound is more in the bass.

 By: amanico : March 28th, 2013-11:59

On my Crickets...

 By: BDLJ : April 9th, 2013-04:38
...(sadly, not Nauticals smile ) the sound can be altered by the relationship position of the movement's hammer to the pin on the caseback. A slight rotation of the inner caseback changes the sound. Subtle, but noticeable.

Strong pair!

 By: blomman Mr Blue : March 28th, 2013-11:45

Both big, black and strong - but still elegant and beautiful!

More pics, please!


Thank you for sharing, my friend.




More pics to come in HoMe, this week end, I think. Thanks, Blomman.

 By: amanico : March 28th, 2013-12:00

What a couple!

 By: ztirual : April 7th, 2013-12:39
Rivals, but good friends never the less. smile
Thank you Nico for saving for posterity this unique reunion of two great watches.
It makes for a very interesting comparison.

Best- Z'

That was the goal of this post. Thanks to YOU, my friend.

 By: amanico : April 7th, 2013-13:06

Modern replicas of the legends

 By: northerner : April 17th, 2013-08:26
I thought I would share some of my pictures. I cannot boast owning the original legends from the '50s,
but I do enjoy the contemporary replicas in my small set. Here are some photos smile





This message has been edited by gucci on 2013-04-17 08:35:43

Both beautiful watches...

 By: Baron - Mr Red : April 17th, 2013-08:52
.....but i have to say, I am now taking a much closer look at that V!!


A pleasure to welcome you here, Gucci.

 By: amanico : April 17th, 2013-14:31

And yes, i agree that these replicas have a lot of charm.

If I ever find an original Vl=ulcain Nautical, I will certainly get the re issue, too.

As for the DSAs, I already own the originals, and the US Tribute .

Welcome here!