Most recent Gallet Excelsior Park movement?
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    Most recent Gallet Excelsior Park movement?

    Hello all,
    As some know, Gallet is my brand of choice. I'm currently working on (meaning my watchmaker is working on) a Gallet resurrection project. I have sourced some repair parts to get a MultiChron Pilot back in action. Here's the face:
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    In working on this project, this question came to mind: When was the Excelsior Park EP4/ EP40 movement no longer used? According to Dr. Ranftt, this caliber was introduced in 1940, with which I agree. When did Gallet/ Girrard Perregaux/ Sinn/ Zenith/ Excelsior Park stop using this?

    My MultiChron Pilot here, from my best information, dates to circa 1978. It has the later EP40-68 movement. I can't find any reference later than this for these movements.
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    Re: Most recent Gallet Excelsior Park movement?

    Good questions... but I have no answers. Alas...
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Most recent Gallet Excelsior Park movement?

    First of all, Zenith stopped using it earlier than most of the others. They acquired their own chronograph movement maker (Martel Watch Co.) in 1959-60 so they didn't need Expark movements thereafter. Secondly, I am not aware of any other Expark Chronograph movements other than the Cals. 4, 40 and 42 and derivatives. So, unless Excelsior Park stopped making chronograph movements before they went out (or were reabsorbed into Gallet), these movements ought to have been produced and used until ca. 1984.

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    Re: Most recent Gallet Excelsior Park movement?

    Thanks Harmut,
    I knew about the Martel connection, but didn't know when that took place. Yes, as far as I know as well, it's only the EP4, EP4-68, EP40, EP40-68 and EP42 that ExPark ever made for the wristwatchs. I do think you're right, they should have been used up to about 1983. The MultiChron Pilot I have is the newest version that I've seen.
    Here it is - my watchmaker says it's done and ready to ship back to me! I look forward to seeing this one in person:

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