Gallet Multichron 12H 'Jim Clark'

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Manual-winding
37 MM
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SKU AS09116
Article Number 40991694
case size 37 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1950s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes unsigned Gray leather strap with stainless pin buckle.
material Leather
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall showing light signs of wear from age and use throughout. Visible factory finishing and color-matched hand set. Unsigned crown.
Manual-winding
37 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09116
Article Number 40991694
case size 37 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1950s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes unsigned Gray leather strap with stainless pin buckle.
material Leather
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall showing light signs of wear from age and use throughout. Visible factory finishing and color-matched hand set. Unsigned crown.

Why We Love it

Gallet & Cie has been around for so long that archeologists have probably dug up a fossilized Gallet clock right next to a bunch of trilobites.

Ok, that’s slightly exaggerated, but when a watchmaker has been around since 1466, it’s fair to say they know a thing or two about horology!

Gallet is well known to hardcore vintage collectors, but they’ve flown under the radar amongst enthusiasts in general. Interestingly, the manufacture has long been on the forefront of horological innovation, and they’ve racked up a number of impressive wristwatch firsts, including the first waterproof chronograph wristwatch; the first wristwatch with a 28,800vph escapement; the first wristwatch with rotating bezel; and the first chronograph wristwatch with a 24-hour GMT complication. Considering how often we see these features in watches from nearly every significant brand today, one can’t overstate Gallet’s contributions to the industry.

Of the many watches produced by Gallet during the 20th century, the MultiChron chronographs are some of the most significant and collectible. Although they’re certainly refined and stylish, many were designed as tool watches for military and industrial professionals, featuring decimal, pulsometer and telemeter tracks on the dials.

The MultiChron 12H, so known for its third register and ability to record up to twelve hours, would likely have found use in aviation, motorsports, or military use, as their easily readable dials, printed Arabic numerals, and contrasting outer scales allow for quick and precise reading. The look of the entire watch, from its sharp steel lines and beveled edges to its barrel pushers and uncluttered dial, is simply breathtaking, and is absolutely one of our favorite expressions of 1950s chronographs. Internally, the MultiChron 12Hs were fitted with either hand-wound Valjoux 72 or Excelsior Park 40 movements, both of which are excellent chronograph calibres.

This particular example is fitted with an EP40 movement and features the rare and super desirable glossy black gilt dial configuration with base -1000 tachymeter scale made famous by motorsports legend Jim Clark. Housed in a remarkably preserved 37mm stainless steel case, this example has an incredibly crisp and glossy dial with evenly patinated luminous Arabic indices, a professionally color-matched 'syringe' handset, and has been treated to a recent mechanical overhaul, during which it was fitted with a replacement acrylic crystal and gasket set.

Paired to a handsome, taupe-colored leather strap, this excellent example of a beloved vintage Gallet chronograph is poised to bring its next owner years of joyous use!

Brand Story

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The Gallets have been making watches in Switzerland since 1466, when Humbertus Gallet became a citizen of Geneva. Nearly four hundred years later, in 1826, Julien Gallet registered the name Gallet et Cie for his watchmaking company and relocated to La Chaux-du-Fonds. From then on, the company only started to expanded, even into the United States, becoming one of the best-known names in watchmaking.

Gallet is well known to hard-core vintage collectors, but they’ve flown under the radar among enthusiasts in general. Interestingly, the manufacture has long been on the forefront of horological innovation, and they’ve racked up a number of impressive wristwatch “firsts," including the first waterproof chronograph wristwatch, the first wristwatch with a 28,800 BPH escapement, first wristwatch with rotating bezel and the first chronograph wristwatch with a 24-hour GMT complication. Considering how often we see these features in watches from nearly every significant brand today, one cannot overstate Gallet’s contributions to the watch industry.

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Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

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Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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Gallet Multichron 12H 'Jim Clark'

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