Gallet MultiChron 45M Decimal Chronograph (First Series)


Brand: Gallet & Co.

Model: MultiChron 45M Decimal Two-Register Chronograph (First Series); RARE; Swiss Made circa late 1940s

Case: Solid stainless steel case with snap-back is approximately 35.5mm excluding the original unsigned winding crown and rectangular pushers

Strap: 18mm dark grey HODINKEE calfskin strap with contrast stitching and 16mm polished stainless steel tang buckle

Movement: Excelsior Park cal. 4 (EP4) manual-winding chronograph movement (17 jewels) with 45-minute recording capability; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Gorgeous original dial with desirable art-deco numerals and red decimal track (divides elapsed time into tenths and/or hundredths); 45-minute chronograph recording capability; attractive original blued-steel handset; unpolished solid stainless steel case with "flat" pushers and domed acrylic crystal; rare early first-series "DECIMAL" model designed by Gallet for use in scientific, laboratory, medical, and time study applications; high-grade Excelsior Park 4 chronograph movement with smooth column-wheel activation

Condition: Very nice original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and use; solid stainless steel case appears to be unpolished with sharp edges and bevels; clean caseback with the original brushed finish still somewhat visible due to regular wear; stunning original dial with vibrant red color and crisp/legible printing exhibits light patina throughout and some minor wear; excellent original metallic blued-steel handset; clean domed acrylic crystal

Other: This is a very rare opportunity to acquire an elusive Gallet Decimal, one of our favorite watches of all time from any brand. Originally designed by Gallet in the early 1940s for use in scientific, laboratory, medical, and time study applications, it was able to divide elapsed time into tenths and/or hundredths at a quick glance. This particular example is an early first-series model with characteristic snap-back steel case and "flat" pushers - Its thin profile wears extremely well on the wrist. The beautiful dial with desirable art-deco numerals (check out the curled "7") has developed a light and pleasing patina over time. Its creamy hue matches the stitching of the strap and looks great with anything from a green military jacket to a casual blazer. Only a small group of individuals are fortunate enough to own a Gallet Decimal chronograph...

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