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Date/Report Number …..120426.TY5R08U170.06 Item:  1915 [U] GALLET RATTRAPANTE WITH BROWN LEATHER POCKET STRAP AND WWI ARTILLERY BUTTON/BADGE /INSIGNIA
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Description of item: VINTAGE WWI 1915 [U] GALLET RATTRAPANTE WITH BROWN LEATHER POCKET STRAP AND WWI ARTILLERY BUTTON/BADGE /INSIGNIA FOB. SIGNED JULES RACINE CO 7 SEVEN JEWELS UNADJUSTED NO. 3364 1338749 INNER DUST COVER IS DETAILED AND SIGNED JULES RACINE & CO SWISS U [1915 "U" DATE STAMP] CONDITION WATCH: NEAR MINT

This double chronograph is a time piece that includes two separate stopwatch mechanisms in order to estimate two separate events of different durations (not to be confused with the flyback chronograph). It has has two seconds hands; a red hand superimposed over the black hand. While one hand moves continuously, the other one can be either stopped AND started with the left push button; Or reset to zero with center button. The right slide locks the hands and timer balance. The center crown winds the watch and also houses a pusher that starts and stops the chrono. The left pusher controls the black center hand. The slide to the right locks down the balance and stops the running of the watch . When running, the red hand continues registering the minutes on the small 30 minute register at the top of the watch. while the black hand can be repeatedly stopped. In order to stop and bring both hands to zero, you push the slide towards the crown stopping all action then click the pusher in the center crown to returns both hands to zero.

Estimated Retail Replacement Value $799.00


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GALLET
RATTRAPANTE

 

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Gallet is the world’s oldest watch and clock making house with history dating back to Humbertus Gallet, a clock maker who became a citizen of Geneva in 1466.


GALLET WAS FAMOUS FOR CHRONOGRAPHS AND TIMERS FROM 1882 TO THE PRESENT DAY:


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Artillery & Task Timer (1915) - 30 minute timer manufactured by Gallet for the British military during World War One. British Ministry of Defense "Broad Arrow" markings on reverse. Decimal Artillery Timer (1943) - decimal reading stopwatch manufactured by Gallet, used on Tank landing Ship #13 during the D-Day Invasion of Normandy
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Occurrence Timer (1936) - custom manufactured by Gallet for the US Geological Survey, used for measuring durations of seismic activity and other natural phenomena NYCRR Pocket Chronograph (1916) - pocket watch with timer manufactured by Gallet for rail road conductors and engineers of the New York Central Rail Road
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US Navy Pocket Chronograph (1914) - high quality timer manufactured by Gallet under the Jerome Park name for the United States Navy during World War One. Pilot's or Cockpit Timer (1914) - watch with timer manufactured by Gallet Electa for the British military during World War One. British Ministry of Defense "Broad Arrow" markings on reverse.

ONE OF THE MOST COMPLICATED TIME PIECE OF ITS DAY, THE RATTRAPANTE!

In 1882 - A strategic partnership is formed with Jules Jeanneret & Fils, to supply mechanisms for Gallet’s professional use line of hand-held timers and pocket chronographs.

Created in 1866, Jeanneret-Brehm & Co was a major company in the field of stopwatches and chronographs and used the mark “Colombe” on certain watches. .
Excelsior Park

In 1890, 18 to 20 lines and 19 lines chronographs, with or without minutes counter, chronographs and chronographs with rattrapante, mechanism "en vue", made their appearance.


In 1902, Jeanneret-Brehm begins offering its stopwatches under the Excelsior trademark, its chronographs under the Colombe trademark and its repetitions under the trademark Risoud


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In 1911 Jeaneret -Brehm & Co, along with Gallet, introduce two button (Crown Push and Side Pusher) Rattrapantes and Henri Jeanneret-Brehm, a member of the esteemed Jeanneret family of St. Imier watchmakers, purchases the Magnenat-Lecoultre factory with financial assistance from the Gallet company.

 

In 1914  Gallet wins the Grand Prize in the Chronometer category at the Swiss National Exhibition in Berne

In 1915- the Excelsior trademark is also used for the repeating watches.

In 1917 - Gallet wins the 1st place award for chronometer accuracy at the Canton Observatory in Neuchâte

In 1918- At the prompting of Gallet to support the collaborative efforts of the two companies in their marketing focus on the American consumer,the English variation of the French word for “park” is utilized along with Jenneret-Brehm’s previously registered “Excelsior” trademark. Jeanneret-Brehm begins manufacturing under the company name Excelsior Park.

The cooperative relationship of Excelsior Park and Gallet leads to the development of a number of time recording mechanisms, including the calibre 40. These new chronograph movements are utilized almost exclusively in Gallet and Excelsior Park wristwatches, with a small number supplied to the Girard Perregaux and Zenith companies when production capabilities allowed.


In 1921 a Patent is is applied for a BAR SLIDE MECHANISM.

NOTE: a "SLIDE" mechanism was utilized as early as 1915 to stop the hands of Stop Watches.


 

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The double chronograph is a time piece that includes two separate stopwatch mechanisms in order to estimate two separate events of different durations (not to be confused with the flyback chronograph).

A double chronograph has two seconds hands; one hand superimposed over the other.

While one hand moves continuously, the other one can be either stopped, started or reset to zero.

The center crown winds the watch and also houses a pusher that starts and stops the chrono.

The left pusher controls the black center hand.

The slide to the right locks down the balance and stops the running of the watch .

When running, the red hand continues registering the minutes on the small 30 minute register at the top of the watch. while the black hand can be repeatedly stopped.

In order to stop and bring both hands to zero, you push the slide towards the crown stopping all action then click the pusher in the center crown to returns both hands to zero.

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Humbertus Gallet (1430–1492) clock maker, became a citizen of Geneva on 18 April 1466
Gonin Gallet (1543–1610 ) grandson of Humbertus Gallet, clock maker, Geneva
Claude Gallet (1605–1675) son of Gonin Gallet, watch and clock maker, Geneva
Jacques Gallet (1649–1700) son of Claude Gallet, watchmaker and silk merchant, Geneva
Philippe Gallet (1679–1739) son of Jacques Gallet, goldsmith & watchmaker, Geneva
Pierre Gallet (1712–1768) 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 (1745–1806) son of Pierre Gallet, goldsmith, watch & case maker, Geneva
Jean-Louis Gallet (1774–1809) son of Jacques Gallet, goldsmith, watchmaker, watch case maker, Geneva
Julien Gallet (1806–1849) son of Jean-Louis Gallet, watch & case maker, registered family business in La Chaux de Fonds as Gallet & Cie.
Louise Gallet (1808–1865) widow of Julien Gallet, ran the company after her husband's death
Léon L. Gallet (1832–1899) son of Julien Gallet, watchmaker, La Chaux de Fonds
Lucien F. Gallet (1834–1879) son of Julien Gallet, watchmaker, La Chaux de Fonds & Geneva
Julien Gallet (1862–1934) son of Leon L. Gallet, watchmaker, La Chaux de Fonds
Georges Gallet (1865–1946) 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 (1899–1975) son of Georges Gallet, watchmaker, La Chaux de Fonds
Pierre Gallet (1926–1995) son of Leon Gallet, watchmaker, La Chaux de Fonds
Bernard L. Gallet (1930–2006) son of Leon Gallet, watchmaker, La Chaux de Fonds

 


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1466 THROUGH PRESENT DAY

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 pilot’s 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 America’s 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,)

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