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					History of Gallet Watches

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The Gallets, citizens of Geneva since 1466, have a long history of being
goldsmiths and watchmakers. Initially, they began by manufacturing gold
cases for pocket watches for men and necklace watches for women...


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Article Body:
The Gallets, citizens of Geneva since 1466, have a long history of being
goldsmiths and watchmakers. Initially, they began by manufacturing gold
cases for pocket watches for men and necklace watches for women. As they
were in close contact with watch manufacturers, they quickly learnt the
technology and the trade of producing watches. Geneva was considered to
be the center of metropolis watches and this trade was passed on from one
generation to the next. It was Leon L. Gallet who actually began the
Gallet watch company and expanded it to the level of a thriving business.
Gallet watches can be proud for achieving many milestones in the history
of watches. Gallet watches were recognized as pioneers in 1895 as they
were the world's first producer of wrist watches for both men and women.
This was then imitated and included in collections of other Swiss watch
companies. They protected the idea of an improved protection of the
mechanism of chronographs and later made chronographs as their specialty
in wrist watches. In 1916, Gallet was the world's first supplier of true
wrist chronographs to the British Army. In this collection, Gallet
retained the porcelain enamel dial, three piece case, and center button
crown of the pocket watch collection. During the Second World War, it
supplied watches to the armies of the Great Britain, Canada and the USA.
It also developed a special chronograph model for the pilots of the US
Air Force and named the watch as "the Flying Officer". It continues to
produce watches for military personnel. Since the time of Leon L. Gallet,
Gallet watches have realized the huge potential in both European and
American markets. Some of the earliest brands of Gallet were- Solar,
Success, Bridgeport, Chancellor, Burlington, Commodore, Eureka,
Continental, Mars, Security, National Park, Select, and The Governor.
Jules Racine was the distributor for Gallet and Racine watches in the US
until it was taken over by Gallet, Switzerland. Since 2004, Gallet
company's activities are concentrated near Zurich, Switzerland. Always
looking to expand their business activities, Gallet watches have been a
part of Asian markets since 1912. They still retain their Japanese
clientele such as Seiko, Kingoro Tzana, Tamaya & Co., Hitsukoshi and
Kobayashi. Singapore, Shanghai, India, Burma and China have been some of
their other customers. The best part about Gallet watches is that they
never were, and are still not, elitist. They were meant for the moneyed
working man. Gallet watches have now attained an antique value. In fact,
keeping the tradition of philanthropy alive with his family, Leon Gallet
left behind a legacy to finance a museum for watches. Around 100 gold
watches were donated by his son to the international museum of watches in
La Chaux-De-Fonds. These included very valuable pocket chronograph
watches and many gold cases. Gallet watches have a timeless feel and are
considered to be an ideal collector's item. You can log on to
www.finertimes.com and www.antiquewatchcouk.com to sift through their
collections.

				
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