A 1940s Gallet Field Watch
Racine was the historic US label for Gallet watches. Although probably best known for the ‘Flying Officer’ chronograph, Gallet’s illustrious history runs all the way back to 1826. In 1877 a relative of the Gallet family relocated from Switzerland to the US and the Racine line was born. This is not unlike Wakmann for Breitling and Wittnauer for Longines. This simple small field watch is a lovely example of their work.
The watch looks military, but there’s no evidence to suggest these were ever issued. Military contracts came later. Nonetheless, it is a simple military-like utilitarian piece. There’s no fluff. I get the feeling this possibly where the Mark X and Mark XI may have drew some inspiration. The dial and its luminous hands are surprisingly intact for an eighty-year old watch. The 32mm steel case is still strong, though I believe there may have been light polishing.
The movement is Gallet’s own, a simple 17-jewel unnamed caliber. It’s been recently overhauled and comes with a 12 month warranty. The watch is likely more fit for a slimmer wrist, but these field designs I always find surprisingly versatile. It comes on an olive fabric strap. The watch is retailed by Arbitro out of Japan, a well-regarded site.
Find this 1940s Field Gallet here from Arbitro for 1284 USD.