Gallet is one of the oldest and most storied watch makers, with roots dating as far back as the 1400s. Gallet & Cie was officially formed in 1826 in Switzerland, and since then, they have become a renowned manufacture. So renowned that in 1939, then President Harry S. Truman commissioned Gallet to produce aviation watches for the United States Army Air Forces, which would be known as the “Flying Officer”.
Up for grabs is a stunning and rare Gallet “clamshell” chronograph, circa 1940s, from their MultiChron “30M” line. This example features an uncommon two-tone “snail” dial layout, with contrasting grey and white colors with a red tachy and telemeter scale – a variation we have never seen before. The watch is in great condition. The case was possibly polished lightly in the past, but showing a thick and strong case. The dial shows almost no wear with a light patina, and is overall extremely well-preserved and attractive. Further, the dial and hands retain their original radium lume, aged to a nice yellow color. Please Note: the bottom/reset pusher is a replacement.