The Gallet family began making watches in early 19th century Switzerland when Humbertus Gallet became an official citizen of Geneva, that is, at least, the earliest Gallet we have of record. A somewhat clean throughline can then be drawn to 1826 when Julien Gallet registered the name Gallet et cie in the famed La Chaux-du-Fonds where he began his operation. A great reference and more detail on the political forces at play around the Gallets can be found here at galletworld.com, the best guide for the history of Gallet.
In this now world-famous watch valley, home for a time to Rolex, Patek, Heuer, and Movado, among many others, Julien expanded his book of business producing pocket watches for export all around Europe. Gallet remained a family business for another generation as Julien’s sons Leon and Lucien took the firm to new heights by acquiring a competitor, Grumbach & Co, in1855, creating an impressive amount of production space that attracted the area’s finest watchmakers. Later, by partnering with their cousin, Jules Racine, the Gallet brothers were one of the first Swiss makers to focus on the US market through Jules’s Chicago based Racine Watch Company.
The Gallet MultiChron is among the most revered and iconic chronographs ever produced. The MultiChron line itself claims the title of the world’s first waterproof chronograph. The first of their kind, the Gallet MultiChron Clamshell, remains incredibly collectible and yet somehow undervalued. The brand innovated away from the clamshell’s four tiny screws and into a more common screw-down caseback, further innovating in the space of waterproof chronographs. While early examples featured a 30-minute register, the second generation of the model, seen here, is known as the MultiChron 45 because the minute register at three o’clock was used to measure time in 45-minute intervals. This specific example, which was produced in the 1960’s, features a multi-scale dial (tachymeter & telemeter), engine turned sub-dials, black hands, and a fantastic font on the Gallet logo that features hidden watch hands within the “G”.
The overall case condition on this MultiChron 45 is great with the watch retaining all of its original components including case back, crystal, pushers, and crowth. There are fine hairline scratches on the caseback and some minor signs of wear on the stainless steel case that should be noted. The watch measures 35mm in diameter not including the crown and is 12mm thick.
The Dial and Hands
The silvered dial with engine turned sub dials is also in great condition with no major faults to note. The dial features two outer chronograph scales with a tachymeter scale located on the edge of the dial and a light blue telemeter track indicated in miles toward its central portion. The tritium lume has taken on a nice patina and the minimal text remains crisp.
This watch features a manually wound Valjoux 7733 movement that the seller claims is in excellent working condition. The service history is unknown.
|Location||Singapore (shipping included)|
|Movement||Manual, Valjoux 7733|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|