Gallet MultiChron Regulator Chronograph

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SKU AS01623
SKU AS01623

Why We Love it

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, the valley nestled in the Jura mountains that has spawned such horological icons as Rolex and Heuer. With new connections in La Chaux-du-Fonds Julien Gallet was able to extend the reputation and distribution of his pocket watches throughout Europe. The purchase of Grumbach & Co. in 1855, by Julien's son Léon, allowed Gallet to increase production and attract the best watchmakers of the day, whom Gallet allowed to register patents in their own names. 

The manufacture has long been on the forefront of horological innovation. They’ve achieved an impressive number of wristwatch “firsts," including the first waterproof chronograph wristwatch, the first wristwatch with a 28,800 BPH escapement, the first wristwatch with rotating outer 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.

Of the many watches produced by Gallet in the 20th century, the MultiChron chronographs are some of the most significant and collectible today. Although they are refined and stylish, they were initially intended as tool watches for military and industrial professionals, with many featuring decimal, pulsometer and telemeter tracks on the dials. The Gallet MultiChron Regulator (or Regulateur) was introduced in 1923 and marked another milestone for Gallet. 

Since the MultiChron Regulator was intended for professionals whose jobs included timing events--like pilots, doctors, and referees--Gallet subverted the typical "compax" dial layout that most chronographs used: chronograph sub-dials at 3 and 9 o'clock and the hour markers surrounding them. Instead, the hours and minutes were displayed in a small register at 12 o'clock, above the minute counter at 6'clock, in stunning gilt that contrasts sharply with the black of the dial. This configuration also made reading/using the regulator/telemeter scales much easier and offered an unobstructed view of the minute counter.  

The MultiChron Regulator was powered by the Venus Caliber 140. Due to Gallet's purchase of the èbauche manufacturer in 1923, Gallet enjoyed exclusive use of Venus's movements, but did furnish them to brands like Rolex and Girard-Perregaux.   

The Regulator proved a hit with pilots, and saw combat on the wrist of none other than Colonel Don Blakeslee, who has the distinction of flying more combat missions than any other pilot in the Second World War. The Regulator that we have here dates from the second execution of Regulator, produced from 1935 to 1945, the same period in which Colonel Blakeslee wore it. Examples from this period are a relatively rare find, especially in as good condition as this one is--an honest example of a timepiece that is as handsome as it is timeless. 

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Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

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

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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.

Gallet MultiChron Regulator Chronograph

Gallet MultiChron Regulator Chronograph

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Gallet MultiChron Regulator Chronograph

Why We Love it

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, the valley nestled in the Jura mountains that has spawned such horological icons as Rolex and Heuer. With new connections in La Chaux-du-Fonds Julien Gallet was able to extend the reputation and distribution of his pocket watches throughout Europe. The purchase of Grumbach & Co. in 1855, by Julien's son Léon, allowed Gallet to increase production and attract the best watchmakers of the day, whom Gallet allowed to register patents in their own names. 

The manufacture has long been on the forefront of horological innovation. They’ve achieved an impressive number of wristwatch “firsts," including the first waterproof chronograph wristwatch, the first wristwatch with a 28,800 BPH escapement, the first wristwatch with rotating outer 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.

Of the many watches produced by Gallet in the 20th century, the MultiChron chronographs are some of the most significant and collectible today. Although they are refined and stylish, they were initially intended as tool watches for military and industrial professionals, with many featuring decimal, pulsometer and telemeter tracks on the dials. The Gallet MultiChron Regulator (or Regulateur) was introduced in 1923 and marked another milestone for Gallet. 

Since the MultiChron Regulator was intended for professionals whose jobs included timing events--like pilots, doctors, and referees--Gallet subverted the typical "compax" dial layout that most chronographs used: chronograph sub-dials at 3 and 9 o'clock and the hour markers surrounding them. Instead, the hours and minutes were displayed in a small register at 12 o'clock, above the minute counter at 6'clock, in stunning gilt that contrasts sharply with the black of the dial. This configuration also made reading/using the regulator/telemeter scales much easier and offered an unobstructed view of the minute counter.  

The MultiChron Regulator was powered by the Venus Caliber 140. Due to Gallet's purchase of the èbauche manufacturer in 1923, Gallet enjoyed exclusive use of Venus's movements, but did furnish them to brands like Rolex and Girard-Perregaux.   

The Regulator proved a hit with pilots, and saw combat on the wrist of none other than Colonel Don Blakeslee, who has the distinction of flying more combat missions than any other pilot in the Second World War. The Regulator that we have here dates from the second execution of Regulator, produced from 1935 to 1945, the same period in which Colonel Blakeslee wore it. Examples from this period are a relatively rare find, especially in as good condition as this one is--an honest example of a timepiece that is as handsome as it is timeless. 

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

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

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

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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