I know very little about military watches or government sourcing, but a number of elements in the story that the Gallet company tells about its Marathon watch strike me as implausible. This description comes from the people who apparently run Gallet USA, and is usually said to be relayed from the reminisces of Bernard Gallet, who died in 2006. The vagueness of the terms, like "US war department," make it seem like something a non-American would say speaking off the top of his head, and the details may have been lost to time in the intervening years. For people who know from military contracting, though, some questions. Are operation names like "Desert Storm" officially top secret? I'd guess "top secret" has a specific US government meaning in addition to the colloquial usage, but would it be likely that the name of the operation would be divulged to a foreign supplier? "Desert Shield" was already ongoing by August 1990, though I don't know if it was also circulating that the future invasion would be called "Desert Storm" at that time. If the name really was confidential, it would have been illegal for a government employee to leak it and obtuse at the very least for the supplier to manufacture items with the name printed on them. Gallet touts the military origins and connections of its products, and Gallet watches indubitably feature in some famous war histories, most notably as being associated with the WWII Tuskegee Airmen and President Harry Truman. Nearly every account of Gallet's military connections has a hazy, undocumented aspect, however. Gallet provided several watches, including the Marathon "Desert Storm" watch to an exhibition at the NAWCC museum in 2012, and highlights a few more on its own website, but aside from the Marathon watch, none of them were ever military issued. The story about Truman's involvement in the design of the famous Flight Officer/Flying Officer also purportedly comes from personal conversation with Bernard Gallet and similarly shows some unfamiliarity with the US military ("U.S.A. Ordinance Department"). Lapses like these are hardly evidence of deliberate dishonesty; if anything, they indicate a trust in the source of the information. The Gallet USA operation seems to be a small one that enthusiastically promotes not only Gallet's current products but also the Gallet legend, often showcasing vintage Gallet watches from the directors' personal collections on the company's group Facebook page. Many of the watches are described as being "issued to officers during the Vietnam War" or "used by bomber pilots in WWII" without documentation or markings on the watches themselves that might lend credence to these claims. These showcases rarely neglect to make claims for the supposed value of the watches, however: Watches that are presented on the Gallet World Facebook site are almost always then put up for sale on eBay and sold for a fraction of their purported worth. Many of the pieces photographed for the Gallet World website, including the celebrated Flight Officer models, have been auctioned off in this manner. (Indeed, it was this watch in particular that first got me wondering whether it or any Gallet chronograph was ever officially issued by the US military.) Gallet FO chronographs were supposedly supplied to the Swiss armed forces, though the evidence for this is, as usual with Gallet, almost entirely anecdotal. The Tuskegee Airmen Gallet watch is utterly fascinating, but even this one is purported to be one of a few given as gifts from Eleanor Roosevelt to the famous pilots rather than being officially issued. I have been in touch with the owner of the remarkable Tuskegee "Red Tail" Gallet watch and was told that Gallet USA has expressed no interest in examining or photographing his watch, which is surprising considering that the company has announced work on a book of notable Gallet pieces. I don't have (I think) an axe to grind with Gallet, and I've discussed this stuff with Gallet fans on other sites. I am waiting for approval to join the military watch forum, where I hope to ask some of these same questions. For the time being, I'd be very interested in hearing from anyone who knows of or has a Gallet chronograph that was issued by any military, or anyone with insight about how the US military sources equipment from contractors.