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Brand: Gallet & Co.
Model: MultiChron 12HR Pilot Three-Register Chronograph (Rare Transitional Model); Swiss Made circa mid-1970s
Case: Solid stainless steel case with screw-down back is approximately 38mm across the bezel excluding the original unsigned winding crown and pump pushers
Strap: 20mm HODINKEE smooth tan calfskin strap with polished stainless steel tang buckle
Movement: Valjoux cal. 726 manual-winding chronograph movement (17 jewels) with column-wheel activation; 21,600 BPH; Swiss Made
Features: Stunning original matte black dial with contrasting white sub-registers; original handset; legendary base Valjoux 72 movement with 12-hour chronograph recording capability and higher beat rate; tachymeter scale for timing the average speed of a moving object (i.e. racing applications); telemeter scale for timing the distance that an object travels over time (i.e. military artillery timing); large unpolished stainless steel case with rotating 12-hour bezel (tracks a second time zone); domed acrylic crystal
Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and use; unpolished stainless steel case with sharp bevels on each of the lugs and the original finishes throughout; crisp screw-down caseback with some tool marks; excellent original rotating 12-hour bezel with some light wear along the outer edge; beautiful original matte black dial with white sub-registers and perfect yellow Tritium lume plots; original handset with all Tritium luminous material in tact and matching; domed acrylic crystal exhibits some very light wear
Other: With rich history dating all the way back to 1466, Gallet instruments have long been the primary choice for many of the world's most important timekeeping applications. The brand has truly paved the way for the chronograph wristwatch as we know it today with many innovations including (but not limited to): the world's first true wrist-worn chronograph, the first chronograph wristwatch with a waterproof case, the first chronograph wristwatch with multiple time zones, the first chronograph wristwatch with yachting regatta countdown, and the first chronograph wristwatch with 24-hour dial. If you're a fan of chronograph watches, it's hard not to love and appreciate all that Gallet has contributed to watchmaking. You can read more about their company history, innovations, and famous timepieces over at GalletWorld.com.
Speaking of famous timepieces, Gallet chronographs were worn by celebrated icons like President Harry S. Truman, Colonel Don Blakeslee, and Jim Clark. This particular Gallet Pilot is special because it is powered by an upgraded Valjoux cal. 726 movement. The Valjoux 726 is based on the same Valjoux 72 that we all know and love, but it beats at a faster rate than its predecessor (21,600 BPH vs. 18,000 BPH). This is a transitional watch with very low production numbers within a small window of time. Earlier examples were powered by a basic Valjoux 72 movement and later examples were powered by a lower-grade Valjoux 7736 movement. We love the matte black "reverse-panda" dial with perfect yellow Tritium lume plots. The large stainless steel case is unpolished and wears very well. The attractive original black rotating 12-hour bezel allows the wearer to easily track a second time zone. Considering Gallet's countless historical achievements and famed connections, we believe that their professional-use chronographs present incredible value and tremendous upside in the marketplace - Once you strap one to your wrist, you'll understand!