Gallet MultiChron 45M Flying Officer World-Time Chronograph


Brand: Gallet & Co.

Model: MultiChron 45M Flying Officer World-Time Chronograph (Glossy Black Dial w/ Early Logo); RARE; Swiss Made circa late 1960s

Case: Solid stainless steel "waterproof" case with screw-down back is approximately 36.5mm excluding the original winding crown

Bracelet: 18mm Private Eyes Type 1 polished stainless steel 7-row "beads of rice" bracelet with 16mm folding clasp

Movement: Landeron cal. 149 manual-winding chronograph movement (17 jewels) with 45-minute recording capability; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original glossy black luminous dial with early silver "GALLET" logo and world's major cities printed in silver and red; original handset; crisp stainless steel case with screw-down back and domed acrylic crystal; original rotating 12-hour bezel tracks a second time zone; cool "beads of rice" bracelet; two-register chronograph movement with 45-minute recording capability; desirable model and very rare in this condition

Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with only minor honest wear consistent with age and careful use; sharp solid stainless steel case appears to be unpolished with crisp screw-down caseback; beautiful original glossy black dial with vibrant printing and all of the luminous material in tact and matching; original matching luminous hands; original stainless steel rotating 12-hour bezel with nice black/red inlay; new domed acrylic crystal and gaskets installed prior to sale

Other: This is a rare opportunity to own a top-quality vintage Gallet Flying Officer with an incredible glossy black dial for only a fraction of the cost of an earlier "Truman" Flying Officer. Sure the "Truman" Flying Officer is a grail, but those clamshell cases wear much smaller than this later screw-back model. As you can see, this watch looks absolutely killer on the wrist. We love the early silver "GALLET" logo and world cities printed in red. Lately we have been getting more requests for Gallet chronographs than any other brand. If you look through old Gallet catalogs, it's easy to understand why... They made so many incredible special-use chronographs and were way ahead of other brands in terms of new developments and timeless design.

According to Gallet World, "the original Flight Officer evolved directly from the Gallet MultiChron model 30, the world’s first fully waterproof wrist worn chronograph. A rotating 12 hour bezel and dial indications for the world's major cities was added to the MultiChron 30, making it possible to easily calculate changes in the time as an aircraft flew across lines of longitude. Developed upon specific request by Harry S Truman for the United States Army Air Forces, this ground breaking new timepiece was issued exclusively to the American and British pilots who flew the missions to our victory during WWII. After the war, the Flight Officer became a watch of choice for both commercial and private aviators across the globe. With the ability to calculate changes in time zones as a pilot crossed over lines of longitude, the Gallet Flight Officer chronograph is one of the most renowned and respected military use timepieces ever created."

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