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SOLD Gallet Multichron 12 "Jim Clark", EP40-68 serviced

  1. pdxleaf Jun 5, 2021

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    Gallet Multichron 12, aka Jim Clark.
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    Many people know more about this model watch than I do, but a brief summary is probably needed. This Gallet Multichron 12 is often referred to as the “Jim Clark” watch, named after the Formula 1 driver who wore this model. Formula 1 drivers had both the means and style to afford and wear beautiful watches. There may be more than one watch model that is named for a driver, as they owned and wore different watches, much the same as any watch fan.

    There are several versions of the Gallet Multichron 12. While many Gallet Multichron 12 are sometimes referred to as the Jim Clark, the actual watch he wore was a black dial with the Excelsior Park movement. These Multichrons also included the Valjoux 72 movement, but the watch he wore supposedly had the EP movement. (This is based on photographs of the dial, which can be distinguished between the two movements based on the size and location of the sub-registers relative to the hour 6 on the dial.)

    This watch includes the EP40-68 movement. The EP40-68 is an improvement over the EP40 because it includes an adjustable stud carrier. The backside of the lug has an ‘H’ engraved, which identifies the case has the EP movement versus the Valjoux movement. The EP pushers have a smoother touch than either the Valjoux 72 or the Lemania 321 and 1861, (which I also own and can compare to their use.) To me, this EP chronograph is the nicest I have operated. I have not timed it to plus or minus seconds per day but can say it keeps accurate time and the chronograph functions and resets as expected.

    The watch was serviced about 6 months ago. It received a new crystal but did not change any other parts. There is now a small scratch on the crystal near the 5th hour index from my wear.

    The case is bright but has scratches and nicks. It appears to not have been polished. Given the age and not knowing the history, I can not be certain that it was never polished but based on the appearance, it is reasonable to think that it may not have been.

    The dial and hands are better than most I have seen. This is of course subjective, but I think it’s reasonable to say they are excellent, original condition.

    The leather strap was new about six months ago but has been worn on several occasions. Not brand new but in good condition.

    That’s the watch. They aren’t rare, but they are harder to find than some other vintage watches, and of course the condition is above average. The Excelsior Park movement is also a bit more difficult to find. If it’s such a great watch, why am I selling it? It is a great watch, but I don’t wear it. I used to, but now have others I prefer. I wear it occasionally as a “pity” wear, just because I think it’s a waste not to. I’m working towards fewer watches. It’s beautiful, I love it, but not enough. Next question, I haven’t had it long, so am I flipping it? It wasn’t cheap, nor was the service. Anyone who buys it is not lining my pockets with cash. Far from it. I thought to offer it here first to someone who might want a nice condition Gallet Multichron 12 Jim Clark. This is a short hold time but it is more of a reappraisal of how many watches I want to own, if that makes sense.

    The price is $6350 USD. I will pay shipping to USA and Canada. Outside of these areas we’d need to discuss how to ship. Wire transfer but willing to use escrow.com with fee split between seller and buyer. 24 hour acceptance period after delivery of the watch to allow the buyer to ensure the watch is as described. As always, the pictures are the best description. Please feel free to ask any questions or for additional photos. The watch is located in USA.

    Thanks to OF for the space.

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  2. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jun 5, 2021

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    That is the best looking Jimmy C I’ve seen in ages.
     
  3. pdxleaf Jun 5, 2021

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    I agree. It's a beauty. Future regrettable sale ::facepalm1::

    (Probably not supposed to reply to my own thread?)
     
  4. eugeneandresson 'I used a hammer, a chisel, and my fingers' Jun 6, 2021

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    That’s ::love:: … (for those that haven’t ‘met’ him : Dave is a first class bloke, I’d happily send him my money, with confidence) … GLWS!
     
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  5. bgrisso Jun 6, 2021

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    very nice! whats the case size?
     
  6. pdxleaf Jun 6, 2021

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    High praise coming from someone like Mr. Andresson. I am :oops:.

    I will gladly take your money anytime Eugene :D
     
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  7. pdxleaf Jun 6, 2021

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    Great question. I knew I was forgetting something!

    Some say 37.4mm and some say 38mm. My measuring skills don't go to the tenth but pretty close to 38mm is accurate. The lug width is 20mm.

    While this is large for a vintage, it seems to wear smaller. Here is a side by side with another vintage 38mm. I think if you were to guess which was smaller based on this picture a person would guess the Gallet is smaller, whereas they are close to the same size.
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    Thanks for the question.

    Edit: my new caliper arrived today. Actual size is 37.2mm. The two watches side by side are still the same though, so the relative comparison is still valid.
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  8. Walrus Jun 6, 2021

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    I came across an entire write up on this watch in my Google feed, targeted advertising most of the stuff I get is finance, watches, Beatles etc. I occasionally save those articles wish I had done so with this although I’m sure it’s easy enough to hunt down. Nice watch interesting history and Dave is a pleasure to do business with.
     
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  9. ikanbilisclub Wed. 3:38am

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    Be still, my heart. ::love::
     
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  10. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Wed. 7:47am

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    Dammit ... Someone buy this pleeeeeeze! ::love::
     
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  11. Capt Cave Man Wed. 11:46am

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    As a Lotus enthusiast/owner I'd love to own a 'Jim Clark' as well, unfortunately funds don't allow, GLWTS.
     
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  12. pdxleaf Fri. 10:29am

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    Gone to a good home.

    Thank you to the OF for making it possible to get the right watch to the right person.