A Well-Preserved Gallet Multichron 30M
This is not just an extrememly handsome chronograph, though it certainly meets that standard. The 30M Multichron is reportedly the world’s first example of a water resistant case construction, accomplished through a screw-down case back. The construction was patented by Gallet in 1937 and solidified the brand’s name going into the second World War, where it became a well-regarded and trusted manufacture. It was also among the world’s first wrist-worn chronographs. Both of these innovations led Gallet to market the Multichron as “the first timing instrument of its kind in America.”
Early iterations of the 30M utilized a Valjoux or Minerva base calibre. This latter execution is powered by a Venus 150, the workhorse of its era. The clamshell case construction is this piece’s most notable attribute in my opinion. This example sports what some call a ‘simple-scale’ dial, without multi-scaled telemeter or tachymeter scales cluttering its outer track. The handset is a blued steel thing of beauty, matched in the subdials. Overall, I’m not sure I’ve seen a combination of dial, handset, and case within Gallet that I find more attractive.
This example sports a strong case without adulteration as far as I can tell. Its dial is remarkably unmarred by time, with only light spots and an even cream patina throughout. The Venus calibre is recently serviced and said to be running well. It comes from Japan on eBay from a well reviewed seller, but please do you own research.
Find this Multichron 30M here on eBay for 6300 USD.