NAWCC 2014, The New Task Ahead - Gallet WWI Nurses
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    NAWCC 2014, The New Task Ahead - Gallet WWI Nurses

    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)
    Markings:
    Dial: Red Cross (+)
    Movement: GALLET & Co., FIFTEEN (15) JEWELLS UNADJUSTED
    Case (inside): “Y” enclosed in a “lozenge” shape, 0.935, 137812

    Curator’s comments:
    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
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    Re: NAWCC 2014, The New Task Ahead - Gallet WWI Nurses

    I love that gigantic seconds hand.Also have one which was exported to the States and cased by Wadsworth.This one is 7 jewels though,might be due to the import regulations in the US,the more jewels the more fees.7 jewel dollars:)

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    Re: NAWCC 2014, The New Task Ahead - Gallet WWI Nurses

    Yes, the "gigantic" seconds hands were done on purpose to extenuate the imprtance of the sweep second.
    I have another two pieces, as after I donated this, I wanted another.
    I also have an original advert!

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    Re: NAWCC 2014, The New Task Ahead - Gallet WWI Nurses

    Its a wonderful watch - thanks for showing it to us again.

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    Re: NAWCC 2014, The New Task Ahead - Gallet WWI Nurses

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Its a wonderful watch - thanks for showing it to us again.
    Thanks
    Its not mine of course anymore its already donated
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