|Date/Report Number ..110111.JRAC-GALLET Item: 1935 GALLET JULES RACINE MILITARY WATCH WITH GALLET MODIFIED CENTER SWEEP HACK FHF 150-1|
|Description of item: VINTAGE 1935 GALLET JULES RACINE MILITARY WATCH WITH GALLET MODIFIED CENTER SWEEP
HACK FHF 150-1 30 x 26 W/O CROWN WITH VINTAGE MILITARY STRAP CONDITION WATCH
IS FINE TO MINT
Estimated Retail Replacement Value $ 899.00
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Gallet is a historical manufacturer of high-end Swiss timepieces.
Gallet is the worlds oldest watch and clock making house with history dating back to Humbertus Gallet, a clock maker who became a citizen of Geneva in 1466. The Gallet & Cie (Gallet & Company) name was officially registered by Julien Gallet (18061849) in 1826, who moved the family business from Geneva to La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Prior to this date, operations commenced under the name of each of the family patriarchs.
Gallet is best known during the 20th century to the present
day for its line of MultiChron chronograph wristwatches. Produced primarily for military,
industrial, and other professional applications, Gallets MultiChron watches often
incorporated a number of advanced timekeeping innovations.
A Gallet timepiece of particular renown was the Flight Officer time zone chronograph. Commissioned by Senator Harry S. Truman in 1939 for pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, the Flight Officer (a.k.a. Flying Officer) had a rotating 12 hour bezel and the names of 48 major world cities printed on the periphery of the dial (face). These features made it possible to calculate changes in the time as an aviator flew across lines of longitude. Besides being the first time zone calculating wristwatch, the Flight Officer was one of the worlds first wrist chronographs to be housed in a water resistant case. Truman wore a Gallet Flight Officer during his terms as 33rd president (19451953).
Léon Gallet set his sights on the rest of the world markets. In 1864, Léon's brother, Lucien Gallet (18341879), established the company's first US location in Chicago with a New York City office following soon after. Together with Jules Racine, a cousin of the Gallet brothers living in the US, the company began its expansion into the American market.
When the worldwide economic downturn of the 1930s caused international trade to plunge by as much as two-thirds, it suddenly became unprofitable for the Gallet Company to continue production of many of its recently established brands. Gallet chose instead, to consolidate its efforts back into its primary area of expertise, that of the manufacture of high quality professional-use timepieces. Under the family name, the Gallet Company continued to flourish by providing hand-held timers and chronograph wristwatches to allied military and industrial clients during the years leading up to and through World War II.
A wartime Gallet timepiece of particular renown was the Flight Officer time-zone chronograph (1939 - present). Commissioned by Senator Harry S. Trumans senatorial staff in 1939 for the United States Army Air Force, this wristwatch made it possible to calculate changes in the time as a pilot flew across lines of longitude.
Humbertus Gallet (14301492) clock maker,
became a citizen of Geneva on 18 April 1466
Gonin Gallet (15431610 ) grandson of Humbertus Gallet, clock maker, Geneva
Claude Gallet (16051675) son of Gonin Gallet, watch and clock maker, Geneva
Jacques Gallet (16491700) son of Claude Gallet, watchmaker and silk merchant, Geneva
Philippe Gallet (16791739) son of Jacques Gallet, goldsmith & watchmaker, Geneva
Pierre Gallet (17121768) son of Philippe Gallet, goldsmith & watchmaker, Geneva
Jeremie Gallet (1729-1763) son of Pierre Gallet, watchmaker, apprenticed under Benedict de Rabours in 1745, Geneva
Jacques Gallet (17451806) son of Pierre Gallet, goldsmith, watch & case maker, Geneva
Jean-Louis Gallet (17741809) son of Jacques Gallet, goldsmith, watchmaker, watch case maker, Geneva
Julien Gallet (18061849) son of Jean-Louis Gallet, watch & case maker, registered family business in La Chaux de Fonds as Gallet & Cie.
Louise Gallet (18081865) widow of Julien Gallet, ran the company after her husband's death
Léon L. Gallet (18321899) son of Julien Gallet, watchmaker, La Chaux de Fonds
Lucien F. Gallet (18341879) son of Julien Gallet, watchmaker, La Chaux de Fonds & Geneva
Julien Gallet (18621934) son of Leon L. Gallet, watchmaker, La Chaux de Fonds
Georges Gallet (18651946) son of Leon L. Gallet, watchmaker, La Chaux de Fonds (together with wife Berthe Courvoisier Gallet and brother-in-law Émile Courvoisier, controlled the Courvoisier Frères watch company)
Léon Gallet (18991975) son of Georges Gallet, watchmaker, La Chaux de Fonds
Pierre Gallet (19261995) son of Leon Gallet, watchmaker, La Chaux de Fonds
Bernard L. Gallet (19302006) son of Leon Gallet, watchmaker, La Chaux de Fonds
WAS A GREAT
GALLET'S COUSIN JULES RACINE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR MARKETING AND SALES IN THE UNITED STATES. THE NAMES RACINE, GALLET AND EXCELSIOR PARK ON ANY WATCH MEANS RARE, QUALITY AND PERFECTION.
THE ORIGINAL HANDS
THE CASE IS ALL
DIAL AND HANDS
DIAL IS SIGNED
FANTASTIC CHAPTER RING
THE LUME IS
TIGHT AND BRIGHT
CASE FINISH IS AWESOME
LIKE IT WAS
CASE BACK SIGNED
GALLET & CO
IS A GALLET MODIFIED
NOTICE THE ADDED BRIDGE
AND LARGE BRASS WHEEL
THAT WAS ADDED TO TURN A
INTO A SWEEPING SECONDS MOVEMENT
10.5 / 11.5''', Dm= 23.3 / 25.6mm
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 41h
FROM HORLOGER HUMBERTUS GALLET BEGAN WATCH MAKING IN 1466
TO 1685 WHEN HIS DESCENDANTS WELCOMED FRENCH FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE FRENCH BOURGE-EN-BRESSE GALLET FAMILY
TO 1702, WHEN PHILLIPE GALLET REGISTERED AS A GOLDSMITH AND WATCHMAKER
TO 1742 WHEN PIERRE GALLET WAS A REGISTERED GOLDSMITH AND WATCH MAKER
TO 1804 WHEN NAPOLEON ANNEXED GENEVA AND JEAN LOUIS GALLET BECAME A FRENCH CITIZEN AND CONTINUED HIS FATHER WATCHMAKING AND JEWELRY BUSINESS
TO 1826 WHEN JULIEN GALLET RELOCATED THE BUSINESS TO LA CHAUX FONDS AND REGISTERED THE NAME GALLET AND CIE (COMPANY)
TO1855 WHEN LEON GALLET BUYS THE ELECTA COMPANY COMBINES IT WITH GALLET AND RENAMES THE COMPANY RENAMES THE COMPANY TO ELECTA GALLET & CIE
TO 1864 WHEN LUCIEN GALLET ESTABLISHED THE CHICAGO AND NEW YORK CITY OFFICES OF GALLET
TO 1876 WHEN LEON Léon Gallet, JULE COURVOISIER, ERNEST FANCILLON OF LONGINES AND CONSTANT GIRARD-GALLET OF GIRARD PERREGUAX FOUND THE "Intercantonal Company for Industrial Development of the Jura Industries"
TO 1883 WHEN LEON HANDS THE COMPANY OVER TO HIS SON JULIEN
TO 1895 WHEN GALLET INTRODUCES THE FIRST WRIST WORN WATCHES
TO 1896 WHEN GALLET WINS ITS FIRST SILVER MEDAL AT THE SWISS NATIONAL EXHIBITIONS IN GENEVA
TO 1905 WHEN GALLET WINS A " Diploma of Honor " AT THE LIEGE EXHIBITION
TO 1912 WHEN GALLET CREATE THE FIRST WRIT WATCH FOR DISTRIBUTION WITH FULL-SIZED CENTER CONSTANT SECONDS HAND
TO 1914 WHEN GALLET WINS THE GRAND PRIZE IN THE CHRONOMETER CATEGORY AT THE SWISS NATIONAL EXHIBITION IN BERNE
TO 1915 AND WWI WHEN GALLET SUPPLIES HAND HELD AND COCKPIT MOUNTED TIMERS AND WRIST-WORN CHRONOGRAPH TIMERS NAMED ELECTA TO THE BRITISH AIR FORCE
TO 1917 WHEN GALLET WON 1ST PLACE FOR CHRONOMETER ACCURACY AT THE CANTON OBSERVATORY IN NEUCHATEL
TO 1927 WHEN GALLET INTRODUCED THE REGULATOR AND DUO-DIAL WRIST WATCHES FOR THE MEDICAL AND TECHNICAL PROFESSIONS
TO 1935 WHEN GALLET BEGINS PRODUCTION OF WRISTWATCHES , BOAT CLOCKS WITH 8 DAY MOVEMENTS AND MILITARY STOP WATCHES FOR THE US, BRITAIN AND CANADIAN MILITARY
( At the start of World War II, production surpasses 100,000 watches annually)
TO 1936 WHEN GALLET PRODUCES THE FIRST WATER RESISTANT CASES FOR CHRONOGRAPH WATCHES
TO 1938 WHEN SENATOR HARRY S TRUMAN STAFF COMMISSIONED GALLET TO PRODUCE CHRONOGRAPH WATCHES FOR THE PILOTS OF THE US ARMY AIR FORCES.
( This wristwatch provides a combination of new innovations. Besides the ability to accurately record events ranging from 1/5th second to 30 minutes in duration, the rotating 12-hour bezel and dial printed with the major cities gives pilots the ability to calculate changes in the time as lines of longitude are crossed. Truman wears a Gallet Flying Officer during his two terms as US president. )
TO 1939 WHEN GALLET PRODUCES THE MULTICHRON PETITE.
( The Petite is one of the first wrist chronographs engineered exclusively for enlisted women assigned to technical and scientific tasks during WWII. Powered by the 10 ligne Valjoux 69 movement, and measuring only 26.6mm in diameter, the MultiChron Petite becomes the smallest mechanical chronograph manufactured to date.)
TO 1965 WHEN GALLET INTRODUCED THE Excel-O-Graph.
(A pilots wristwatch featuring a rotating bezel with integrated slide rule for making navigational calculations during flight)
TO 1970 WHEN GALLET SURVIVES THE QUARTZ CRISIS BY DELIVERING HIGH QUALITY CHRONOGRAPHS, ALARM AND MILITARY TIME PIECES.
TO 1975 WHEN GALLET ACQUIRES THE RACINE COMPANY
TO 1984 WHEN GALLET MANUFACTURES THE MATRATHON FOR THE US GOVERNMENT FOR MILITARY USE .
TO 1990 WHEN GALLET SUPPLIES 30,000 NAVIGATORS FOR THE U.S. MILITARY [THE DESERT STORM]
TO 2002 WHEN GALLET RELOCATES TO LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS
TO 2006 AND THE DEATH OF BERNARD GALLET
TO 2008 WHEN Gallet & Co CO-SPONSORS "TIME IN OFFICE"
(The exhibition of timepieces worn by Americas presidents extending back to the pocket watches of George Washington at the National Watch and Clock Museum. One of the featured items in the exhibit is the Gallet Flight Officer chronograph worn by Harry S Truman during his years in office as the 33rd president of the US.)
TO 2009 WHEN GALLET CO-SPONSORS "Time & Exploration"
(An exhibit highlighting the importance of time and timekeeping in the fields of exploration and NAVIGATION at the National Watch and Clock Museum,)