Today's offering showcases this exceptional new-old-stock example of one of Girard Perregaux sought after vintage models - their high frequency chronometer.
This officially certified chronometer employed a long list of advanced technical features. It was so accurate, in fact, that 70% of the chronometer certificates issued in 1967 by the Neuchâtel Observatory were for these special high-frequency chronometers.
Here are some of the watch's features:
- "High Frequency" 36,000 beats per hour balance system, twice the speed of many traditional wristwatches (most vintage watches beat 18,000 times per hour) and made to accommodate changes in temperature. For decades 36,000 beats per hour was as fast as any production watch ticked.
- Without going too much into the physics of the balance in the movements of high beat watches, all other factors being equal, the physics of a high-beat movement are slightly more favorable for consistent timekeeping than the physics of a normal beat movement.
- Officially certified as a chronometer by the C.O.S.C
- Very effective Gyromatic system requires smaller wrist movement to keep the watch fully powered. This also helps the watch spend more time running at its peak power level which can give more accurate timekeeping
- Jeweled with 39 rubies to reduce friction between the moving parts
- Rugged and elegant waterproof style case
In certain respects, these watches and Longines high beat chronometer were the best of the best when it came to accuracy in a widely-produced watch at the time - they were both certified chronometer and they had a beat frequency much higher than that of nearly all watches including all Rolexes from the era.
Our HF Chronometer is true new-old-stock still protected by its original sticker on the back - a very rare time capsule piece!
The watch shows hardly any handling wear and the tiniest bit of wear from previously being opened by the auction house who sold it.
It has its original bands and buckle and the original paper sticker on the watch appears unworn.
We have tested and timed the watch, and it is running extremely strong and true, keeping time on par with a brand new chronometer. Please inquire if you would like one of our Master Watchmakers to perform the watch's first servicing. Photos of the inside available upon request.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Manufacturer: Girard Perregaux
Model: Gyromatic Chronometer HF
Serial no.: 420,775
Year built: c. later 1960's to early 1970's
Functions: Chronometer Time, Date, Automatic, Sweep Seconds, Semi Quick-Setting Date (9pm-12am)
Designed for: Men
Case material: 18K gold plated with stainless steel back
Case markings (inside): Girard Perregaux with logo, Swiss, Stainless Steel Back
Case condition: New-old-stock with the original paper sticker on the back
Dial: Silver linen, gold baton applique markers with the primary hours topped with black, date aperture at three, signed Chronometer HF, original, mint condition
Hands: Gold, batons
Movement type: Signed Girard Perregaux, rhodium plated, 39 ruby jewels, shock resistant, 36,000 bph balance system, micrometer regulator, chronometer certified
Band: Original with original signed GP buckle. We also stock lizard and a variety of other straps in various prints, skins, and colors if you'd prefer to preserve the original. Please ask us if you're interested.
Crystal: Acrylic, cyclop date lens, mint condition
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is running extremely strong and true, keeping time like a brand new chronometer in our testing recording position. Please inquire if you would like one of our Master Watchmakers to perform the watch's first servicing.
Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international warranty. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center and also has done authorized work for the Richemont brands including Cartier and others.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.