Again following on from here
NAWCC 2014, The New Task Ahead
Object type: wristwatch
Museum accession number: 2013.1.1
Location: Permanent wristwatch display
Brief description: Silver case, “nurses” manual winding detached lever wristwatch.
Round white enamel Arabic dial with original luminous (radium) numerals and re-illuminated hands. This watch has an indirect center sweep seconds hand. Marked with a Red Cross (+) insignia (in red) at 12 o’clock.
Crown at “3” winds and sets hands.
Producer name: Gallet
Production date: 1912 to 1914
Made in: Europe, Switzerland.
Dimensions: 28 millimeters (case)
Dial: Red Cross (+)
Movement: GALLET & Co., FIFTEEN (15) JEWELLS UNADJUSTED
Case (inside): “Y” enclosed in a “lozenge” shape, 0.935, 137812
This wristwatch is a very early example of an indirect sweep seconds hand (driven off the 3rd wheel), unlike most watches of that period that had subseconds at 6 o’clock more easily driven from the 4th wheel.
Gallet-Electa supplied its movements to a number of other manufacturers, including Frey & Cie in neighboring Biel.
On the other hand, Gallet’s case-manufacturing capabilities were limited, so the transactions with its movement customers often involved the exchange of movements for the other companies’ cases. The inside of this case is marked with a “Y” enclosed in a “lozenge” shape, a trademark registered by “Frey” in 1912.
Judging by the movement, the Red Cross on the dial, and Frey case marking, this is one of the first 1912/13 examples of Gallet-Electa indirect sweep seconds hand innovation.
Gallet introduced this caliber in 1912; this piece made as a “nurses” watch for World War I, probably dates this piece to 1914/15.
Adam R. Harris
Guest Wristwatch Curator 2014
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Gallet Watch Co.
PS: I donated this watch to Museum in 2013