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    1960's Gallet Multichron 45

    My mom just recently showed me this watch that was my fathers. He had left it behind 30 years ago to sit motionless in an envelope. Obviously handed down from my grandfather as his name is etched in the back, as well as "Indianapolis 500 winner 1959 - Second place 1960."

    It wasn't hard to find that this was a Gallet Multichron but I hadn't seen the WWW Leader Card symbol in a google search or image search. A little more digging and It seemed that Roger Ward came in 1st at the Indy 500 in '59 and second in '60. He drove the Leader Card 500 roadster built by mechanic A.J. Watson. For the Leader Card Racing team owned by Bob Wilke. Three Ws.

    It must have been a gift as my grandfather was a news writer.

    Has anyone seen something like this before?
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    Re: 1960's Gallet Multichron 45

    The provenance is interesting, but I don't know much about it. However, we can certainly give you some information about the watch.

    Not a Multichron 45 obviously, since the minute accumulator only goes to 30 minutes, not 45. Perhaps a non-clamshell Multichron 30M (although the Petite also had a 30-minute recorder), in somewhat rough shape, and I suspect that the hands and crown have been replaced. I can't see the pushers, are they missing? Perhaps you can measure the diameter, in mm, excluding the crown, and show more photos of the pushers and the inside.
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    Re: 1960's Gallet Multichron 45

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    The provenance is interesting, but I don't know much about it. However, we can certainly give you some information about the watch.

    Not a Multichron 45 obviously, since the minute accumulator only goes to 30 minutes, not 45. Perhaps a non-clamshell Multichron 30M (although the Petite also had a 30-minute recorder), in somewhat rough shape, and I suspect that the hands and crown have been replaced. I can't see the pushers, are they missing? Perhaps you can measure the diameter, in mm, excluding the crown, and show more photos of the pushers and the inside.
    Very interesting thank you for the reply.

    I honestly just saw a picture of the 45 and assumed that was it because the dial, hands, crown and round bumpers all looked the same. But you are right the recorder isn't 45 it's 30. I assumed this was at least a 60 - 64 because of the dates on the back of the watch and the 30m Multichron wasn't being made after '51?

    Bumpers are not assembled on the watch, but they are in the bag with the watch.

    I only had access to it briefly so I couldn't take the back off and take a look but I did try it on and it seemed bigger than my 33mm Certina and smaller than my 37mm Partitio.

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    Re: 1960's Gallet Multichron 45

    Hello BEFson,
    As you found out, this is a MultiChron 30. The date is certainly interesting, I would have thought the Valjoux caliber would be newer than 1960. I'm assuming the watch was presented in 1960 to commemorate a win and a 2nd place finish.

    The caliber is the Valjoux 773x, and I would think this is probably a V7733 variant.

    I've no idea on the WWW Leader Card either, but it is a cool logo.
    Gallet certainly has a long history in auto racing, and especially with the Indianapolis 500.

    If you don't mind, I'll send you a PM to discuss this further. I'd like to post some photos of it on the Gallet facebook page.

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    Re: 1960's Gallet Multichron 45

    the movement in this must be a Venus 188, Daniel - Valjoux took over the production rights of the cal. 188 when Venus SA closed down in late 1966 and then produced it as the Valjoux cal. 7730 until 1969, when it was replaced by the cal. 773.
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    Re: 1960's Gallet Multichron 45

    Quote Originally Posted by WatchFred View Post
    the movement in this must be a Venus 188, Daniel - Valjoux took over the production rights of the cal. 188 when Venus SA closed down in late 1966 and then produced it as the Valjoux cal. 7730 until 1969, when it was replaced by the cal. 773.
    You're probably right as this is the exact same watch no?

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    1960's Gallet Multichron 45

    Quote Originally Posted by -BEFson View Post
    You're probably right as this is the exact same watch no?

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    Re: 1960's Gallet Multichron 45

    I think, you are right and in this watch, you will find a Venus 188 movement.
    Please try to save this interesting watch....!
    Nice find.

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    Peter

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