Partly due to military requirements, the late 1930's and early 1940's were an important period for the development of technically advanced chronographs. As a mid-sized watch manufacturer Gallet & Co. was a specialist, focusing on creating chronographs of superior quality. Her Majesty put Britain's timing needs during World War I into the hands of the company's wristwatches, selecting them as its first chronograph supplier in 1916.
Building on the success of their wartime timepieces, the Swiss firm grew into a significant supplier to the world's armed forces.
The cool midsized Gallet up and down chronograph showcased here is a wonderful, classic vintage example of one of the company's civilian chronographs made for the U.S. market.
It is all-original down to the dial, all hands, pushers, and even the winding crown. The hands have toned to a deep blue and purple visible at certain angles.
The seconds and forty-five minute register are done in a so-called up and down position. It is midsized for a chronograph, measuring only 32mm in diameter without the crown.
It fabulous dial has a red outer telemeter scale for easily calculating the distance of phenomena that can be both seen and heard, such as munitions blasts and thunderclaps and a tachometer ring that measures the speed of objects, done especially for aviation and racing uses. It also has 1/5 markings for very precising timing for technical and sporting uses.
Its case presents beautifully, as near mint plus. Its dial is original and untouched. And its movement is clean. Photos of the inside available upon request.
One of our Master Watchmakers has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components, reassembling and lubricating the movement, installing a new-old-stock mainspring, and extensive timing testing and regulation (an $845 value). It is keeping extremely accurate time, and the chronograph works perfectly and crisply resets to exact zero.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new vintage style distressed leather strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Year built: c. 1940's
Case no.: 22,856
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Regulator Chronograph, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Stainless steel
Case markings (inside): Gallet & Cie., Swiss, Stainless steel back, 22,856
Case condition: Near mint plus condition
Dial: Silver, signed Gallet, black painted Arabic indices and scales with inner red snail tachometer and outer red telemeter scale, 1/5 graduations on outer edge, subdials for the hours and minutes and the elapsed chronograph graph minutes up to 30, original and untouched.
Hands: Original, blue steel "epees" and lozenges with counterweighted sweep hand, excellent condition and partially toned to a deep purple
Movement type: Gallet caliber, 15 jewels, rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration, small balance wheel, self-compensating flat balance spring, index regulator
Movement markings: Gallet & Co. Swiss, 15 Jewels
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: Leather, distressed vintage style, brand new and unworn
Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
Serviced: One of our Master Watchmaker has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components, reassembling and lubricating the movement, installing a new-old-stock mainspring, and extensive timing testing and regulation (an $845 value).
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is keeping extremely accurate time, and the chronograph works perfectly and crisply resets to exact zero. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center and also has done authorized work for the Richemont brands including Cartier, Vacheron & Constantin, IWC, JLC and others.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
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Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.