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Date/Report Number …..022612R5BY.04 Item:  1939 GALLET MILITARY WATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1939 GALLET WITH GALLET SIGNED ETA 900-935 BASED 15 JEWEL MANUAL WIND 30.7 X 36 MM W/O CROWN WITH 1942 STEEL SPRING BRACELET . CONDITION MINT.

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $779.00


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1939
GALLET

WITH

GALLET SIGNED
ETA
900-935
BASED
15 JEWEL
MANUAL WIND

30.7 X 36 MM
W/O CROWN

WITH

1942
STEEL SPRING
BRACELET

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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. The Gallet & Cie (Gallet & Company) name was officially registered by Julien Gallet (1806–1849) 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, Gallet’s 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 world’s first wrist chronographs to be housed in a water resistant case. Truman wore a Gallet Flight Officer during his terms as 33rd president (1945–1953).

Léon Gallet set his sights on the rest of the world markets. In 1864, Léon's brother, Lucien Gallet (1834–1879), 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 1930’s 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. Truman’s 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


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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.

 

 

 

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THIS
AWESOME
HI-END
DETAILED
RADIUM DIAL
IS SIGNED

GALLET
SWISS

AND
FEATURES
A MATTE CREME WHITE DIAL
WITH
BLACK 1930'S BUTLER RING
BLACK OUTLINED RAISED
ILLUMINATED NUMERALS
BLACK NUMBERED
SUB-SECONDS REGISTER
WITH
ORIGINAL RADIUM COLORED
RE-ILLUMINATED
RARE LEAF STYLE
HOUR & MINUTE HANDS
AND
BLACK SUB-SECOND


RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT



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LARGE
ORIGINAL
MILITARY CROWN

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AWESOME
ALL STAINLESS STEEL
CASE
IS A
VERY NICE
30.7 X 36 MM
W/O CROWN

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THE RADIUM TINTED
BLACK STEEL
RADIUM HANDS
ARE IN THE RARE
193O'S
LEAF STYLE

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

 

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ALL STEEL CASE
IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION

PERFECT MATCH TO THE

MATTE CREME WHITE DIAL
BLACK OUTLINED RAISED LUME NUMBERS
BLACK OUTER CHAPTER RING
STEEL LEAF  HOUR & MINUTE HANDS
BLACK SUB-SECONDS

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THIS SUPER LUMINOVA IS PERFECT
THE MATERIAL UTILIZED FOR NUMERALS
IS COMPOSED OF A DIFFERENT BASE
TO ENABLE IT TO BE RAISED
HANDS ARE ALWAYS BRIGHTER
YET EVEN IN THE STUDIO
WITH LIGHTS ON
WE CAN SEE HOW POWERFUL IT IS
WHEN PLACED UNDER LIGHT
AND A SIMPLE CUFF OF THE HAND


RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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NOTE WE DID NOT REPAINT THE HANDS
THE COLOR IS FROM THE
ORIGINAL RADIOACTIVE RADIUM
[THE HANDS ARE NOT RADIOACTIVE]

IT WAS A WAY TO KEEP SOME OF THE OLD

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NEW CRYSTAL

THIS STEEL CASE IS AWESOME
A COMPILATION
OF BEAUTY
&
ANOTHER FAVORITE COLLECTORS PIECE

THAT CAN BE WORN EVERY DAY
AND
IS A  KEEPER
TO HAND DOWN
AND
INCREASE IN VALUE

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I SELECTED THIS OUTSTANDING
COMBINATION

THE WATCH
AND THE
SPRING BAND

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THIS ATTACHED STEEL SPRING BRACELET
DATES FROM
1942

I HAD TWO FROM 1950
THEY HAVE DESIGNS CARVED INTO THE SPRINGS

THEY ARE RATHER RARE
AND
ARE SIMPLY
WONDERFUL TO WEAR

THEY DO NOT PINCH
FEEL COOL DUE TO THE AIR SPACE
AND TOTALLY SMOOTH
ARE EASY TO
PLACE & REMOVE


THEY ARE
SOLID TEMPERED STEEL

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AWESOME LOOKING
PEOPLE WILL COMMENT
EXTREMELY UNUSUAL

IN 6 YEARS
I HAVE ONLY COME ACROSS
5 OF THESE

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 THIS SPRING STEEL
IS AMAZINGLY
FLEXIBLE

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I ALMOST WANT TO SAY
BUNGEE CORD LIKE
AFTER LONG WEAR
THE BRACELET WILL ASSUME
THE CURVE OF THE WRIST

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A NEW CRYSTAL WILL BE INSTALLED

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RARE LEAF HANDS WITH OLD  RADIUM
NOTICE THE RADIUM HAS ATTACKED THE STEEL
WE WILL REMOVE THE DEAD RADIUM
THEN DISPOSE OF IT
NEUTRALIZE AND STABILIZE THE STEEL
RE-ILLUMINATE WITH SUPER LUMINOVA
BUT WE WILL KEEP THE HANDS AS THEY ARE


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WE REMOVED THE RADIUM
THOUGH THE RADIUM END LIFE
IN WATCHES IS SHORT
WE STILL TREAT IT WITH RESPECT

All isotopes of radium are highly radioactive, with the most stable isotope being radium-226, which has a half-life of 1601 years and decays into radon gas. A typical self-luminous watch that uses radium paint contains around 1 microgram of radium.


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LEAF HANDS CLEANED
AND
ILLUMINATED

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LEAF HANDS
SUPER LUMINOVA
READY FOR INSTALLATION

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INNER 2 PIECE CASE PROTECTOR
STEEL HOLD DOWN RING
STEEL CASE BACK
STEEL CASE

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TWO PIECE INNER
PROTECTION CASE


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DIAL INSTALLED ON MOVEMENT
READY FOR HANDS

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ALL STEEL CASE
WITH
CROWN TUBE


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MILITARY TWO PART INNER
BRASS MOVEMENT COVER
PROVIDED EXTRA
MOISTURE DUST MAGNETIC
PROTECTION

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MILITARY TWO PART INNER
SNAPPING INTO PLACE

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CASE SIGNED
GALLET & Co
SWISS
1063

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THE STEEL SCREW DOWN COVER
NOTICE THE THIN LINE


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1939
VERSION
GALLET & CO
SWISS
FIFTEEN JEWEL
GALLET
JXR
Gallet, J. Racine Co.

ETA
900-935

Features
manual wind
sub second

Data
15 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 48h

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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