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Along with the 30,000 MARATHON labeled watches that the late Bernard Gallet, former director of the Gallet Watch Company, provided to the US Government in 1990 for the Gulf War, he included 6 prototypes with Desert Storm printed on the dials. His thoughts were that the servicemen might enjoy having a personal keepsake from their mission similar to the watches Gallet supplied to the renowned Swiss Raid Commando activities the previous year. Preferring consistency over sentimentality, the US government rejected these 6 watches in favor of the standard MARATHON marked versions and returned them back to the Swiss Gallet headquarters.
Of the 6 prototypes returned by the US government, one is currently in the permanent collection of The National Watch and Clock Museum and another is in the Gallet Company collection. My husband and I were each generously given one of these amazing watches while working for Mr. Gallet before he passed in 2006.
This is a rare opportunity to own a watch sought after by serious collectors and anyone desiring to wear a true historic timepiece. Accompanied by a its original military-issue nylon strap, this rare watch is ready for decades more use and enjoyment as its value as an important collectible continues to appreciate.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/233987249488?f ... 4QDz1LGqio
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