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Geneva was considered to be the centre of metropolis watches and this trade was passed on from one generation to the next. . It was Leon L. Gallet who basically commenced the Gallet watch company and expanded it to the level of a flourishing business. Gallet watches can be proud for achieving many milestones in the history of watches. Gallet watches were recognized as pioneers in 1895 as they were the first producer of wrist watches for both males and females.
This was then imitated and included in collections of other Swiss watch companies. They protected the idea of an improved protection of the mechanism of chronographs and later made chronographs as their specialty in wrist watches. In 1916, Gallet was the world’s first supplier of true wrist chronographs to the British Army. In this collection, Gallet retained the porcelain enamel dial, three piece case, and center button crown of the pocket watch collection.
During the 2nd World War, it supplied watches to the armies of the Great Britain, Canada and the States. It also developed a special timepiece model for the pilots of the US Air Force and named the watch as’the Flying Officer’. It continues to supply watches for military personnel. Since the time of Leon L. Gallet, Gallet watches have realized the huge potential in both european and American markets.
Some of the earliest brands of Gallet were- Solar, Success, Bridgeport, Chancellor, Burlington, Commodore, Eureka, Continental, Mars, Security, National Park, Select, and The Governor. Jules Racine was the distributor for Gallet and Racine watches in the US until it was taken over by Gallet, Switzerland. Since 2004, Gallet company’s activities are concentrated near Zurich, Switzerland. Always looking to expand their business activities, Gallet watches have been a part of Asian markets since 1912.
They continue to keep their Japanese customers such as Seiko, Kingoro Tzana, Tamaya & company, Hitsukoshi and Kobayashi. Singapore, Shanghai, India, Burma and China have been some of their other buyers. The best part about Gallet watches is they never were, and are still not, elitist. They were meant for the wealthy working man. Gallet watches have now accomplished an antique worth. In fact, keeping the tradition of philanthropy alive with his folks, Leon Gallet left in the dust a bequest to finance a museum for watches. Around one hundred gold watches were donated by his son to the world museum of watches in La Chaux-De-Fonds. These included very valuable pocket chronograph watches and many gold cases. Gallet watches have an ageless feel and are thought to be an ideal collector’s item
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