Ladies’ 1920 Gallet Wristlet in Sterling Silver

Ladies’ 1920 Gallet Wristlet in Sterling Silver

Item: W2187

Watch's origin: Swiss

Number of jewels: 15

Case: Gallet & Co.

Manufacturer: Gallet

Type of Watch:  Wrist

Type: Open-Face

Lug Width: 16mm

Dimension: 28mm lug to lug and 23mm

Composition: Silver

Other Attributes:   Wire Lug

Price: $995.00

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Founded in 1826 by Julien Gallet, the House of Gallet flourished under the guidance of Julien’s two sons. In 1864, before the smoke had cleared from the Civil War, Gallet opened up a branch in New York and established a trading relationship with Jules Racine. Winning awards such as the coveted Silver metal at the Swiss National Exhibition in Geneva and, in 1914, the Grand Prize at the Swiss National Exhibition in Berne, Gallet and their "Racines" became sought-after by those with money enough to afford them. In the latter years of the 19th century, Gallet watches became the rage, as they were stylish, well crafted and mechanically advanced. When “wristlets” for women became popular among the daring money set of the early 20th century, Gallet was considered unrivaled.

We are delighted to offer this gorgeous early Gallet in solid sterling silver, complete with expertly restored dial, hand polished case and fully serviced movement.

Measuring 28mm lug to lug and 23mm in diameter, this astonishing piece of horological history is as fine an original example of an early “wristlet” as can be found anywhere. Marked "Gallet" in fancy period script, its dial features exaggerated Arabic numerals and perfectly blued Breguet hands. Its pumpkin crown and glass crystal are original.

The sterling silver case is completely and correctly hallmarked in inner lid, Everything about this watch exudes panache, from its dial to case styling to its stylized inner case markings to its wonderful early movement. Such a watch would have been worn by a lady of means, as no one else would have been able to afford it.

We are happy to custom fit the correct ribbon band, with its period buckle, to fit.