Here’s a story for you all.
I had met a guy at the bar I work at who was asking me about the watch I was wearing. We then got to talking and he had brought up that his father was big into watches. Fast forward a couple of beers, his story began turning into his father's story. Here's the jist. He was a referree for the Chicago Bears when there wasn't better alternatives for keeping track of the game. Him being a watch collector himself, was aware of Gallet's chronographs at the time, and suggested that the team commission a timer for him to keep track of the football games all in one. Gallet was commissioned to build a timer specifically for American Football games. They had to rework all of the internals as well as work with another Chicago company on producing a dial for it. Together, a prototype football timer was made and sent to him. This was right around the time where the war efforts became full fledged and the the timer never saw the green light for production. The company that made the dial to it followed suit with the war efforts and disbanded. The only working prototype was in his father's hands. Interesting story so far, but it got better. Through a series of moves, he had misplaced the watch and hadn't seen it in decades. After getting curious on my own, I began researching the old Gallet pocket watch timers, and even picked up an old boxing one off of eBay. About 2 months after speaking to him, I saw an image of what looked to be a different type of timer. It was an old listing on ebay described as "gallet football timer". After getting in touch with the company that was selling it, they had relisted it for me to purchase. It had been listed and relisted well over 6 months with no takers. I thought there was no way. It came, and I gawked over the thing. It's intimidating size as well as the internals were really something to see. About 3 weeks later, I ended up seeing the man who told me the story, and I told him to bring his father in the next week. When he came in, I presented him with what I thought was his old pocket watch, only to see him light up with excitement. He wasn't too familiar with eBay but I tried to tell him that I was his own personal sleuth for finding the whereabouts of his old timepiece (it was dumb luck I really wasn't expecting to find it). We talked for about 2 hours where he filled me in on some of the other details about the watch and what it was like being on the field with the players. Crazy stuff. Before he left, he handed me the pocket watch telling me that he appreciated me looking for it and that was enough for him to be happy.
Here are some pictures of the watch. It’s in perfect condition —not even the slightest of a hairline on the porcelain dial.