Fischer and Gately to be Feted

Walter Fischer of Rolex Watch U.S.A. Inc. and Edward J. Gately of Fleet Precious Metals will be honored by the American Jewish Committee at a gala event on Nov. 4 in New York City. The two industry leaders will be presented with AJC's prestigious Jewelry Division Human Relations Award for their professional excellence and commitment to community service. Fischer, who has been president and CEO of Rolex Watch U.S.A. Inc. since 1998, has enjoyed a distinguished career in the international watch industry for more than four decades, beginning in his native Switzerland at Girard-Perregaux. After moving to London, he accepted a position with Swiss watch firm Jaeger-LeCoultre. He moved to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1962 to join the retail organization of Little Switzerland, where he was promoted to president and CEO. In 1993, he joined Rolex Watch Company in Geneva, overseeing m

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