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1960s Gallet Flying Officer World Time


This two register chronograph with a world time dial and rotating bezel has almost certainly become Gallet’s most famed model. The watch was produced for the US Army Air Corps, even being worn by Harry Truman at its height. Some have argued this is the world’s first time-zone wristwatch, others point to Cottier and prototype GMTs. By any measure, it was early to the party. What a party it was.


The Flying Officer was innovative across a couple fronts. The original utilized a clamshell case, an early waterproof design. This later 1960s run includes a screw back. This is also one of the first watches to use a rotating bezel. Finally, their dial incorporated a world time that works through the chronograph.

This example shows light wear and a light polish. The lugs are still strong, but definitely polished. Its dial and hands are similarly strong overall, with light spotting on the denvse lume areas. The crown and pushers are original. Its movement looks strong and is said to be functioning well.


Find this Flying Officer here from Craft & Tailored for 5500 USD.

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