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Gallet & Cie has been around for so long that archeologists have probably dug up a fossilized Gallet clock right next to a Titanosaur.
Ok, that’s slightly exaggerated, but when a watchmaker has been around since 1466, it’s fair to say they know a thing or two about horology.
Gallet is well known to hard-core vintage collectors, but they’ve flown under the radar among enthusiasts in general. Interestingly, the manufacture has long been on the forefront of horological innovation, and they’ve racked up a number of impressive wristwatch “firsts”: including the first waterproof chronograph wristwatch, the first wristwatch with a 28,800 BPH escapement, first wristwatch with rotating bezel and the first chronograph wristwatch with a 24-hour GMT complication. Considering how often we see these features in watches from nearly every significant brand today, one cannot overstate Gallet’s contributions to the watch industry.
Of the many watches produced by Gallet in the 20th century, the MultiChron chronographs are some of the most significant and collectible today. Although they are refined and stylish, many were intended as tool watches for military and industrial professionals, featuring decimal, pulsometer and telemeter tracks on the dials.
The MultiChron 12H, so known for its third register and capability of recording up to twelve hours, would likely have found use in aviation, motorsports, or military use, as the easily readable dial, black Arabic numerals and colored outer scales, allow for quick and precise reading. Originally introduced in 1932 (!!), the MultiChron 12H has evolved considerably, but the overall look of this particular watch, which we date to the 1970s/early 80s, is one of the cleanest expressions of the model. Internally, the MultiChron 12Hs were fitted with either Valjoux 72 or Excelsior Park 40 manufacture movements - win/win options!
This particular example is fitted with the Valjoux 72, and is in near-mint condition, completely unpolished and worn very little - as evidenced by the original factory case back sticker still in place! With sharp lines and beveled edges to crisp barrel pushers and a perfectly patinated dial, the condition is simply breathtaking, and takes one of our favorite chronographs to an entirely different level. We strongly believe that Gallet's "time is coming" as collectors begin to discover just how brilliant these oft-overlooked timepieces really are. We'll probably regret selling this incredible mint example in the near future. Don't regret missing out on it!
For more information on the interesting history of the brand, check out Galletworld, HERE.
Stainless Steel case is approximately 37mm (excluding crown). Valjoux 72 manually-winding chronograph movement. Circa 1970s.
Overall condition: Case is in excellent original condition, unpolished with sharp edges and crisp original bevels, showing virtually no signs of wear. Case back sticker is still intact. Black Arabic dial has developed a light even patination to the luminous elements. Syringe hands are in fantastic condition with matching luminescent elements. Unsigned crown and original case back.
Includes 20mm handcrafted analog/shift Speyside strap.