1960's Girard Perregaux for Tiffany & Co. Vintage HF High Frequency Chronometer - 18K Gold

Girard Perregaux

Item No. 6948SH

Today's offering showcases one of the company's uncommon and sought after vintage models, made much rarer by the fact that it was retailed by Tiffany & Co.

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.
  • 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
  • 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 with a beat frequency much higher than that of Rolexes from the era.

It is fully original down to the dial, hands, winding crown, and case whose back is thicker than on most similar style watches. It untouched dial is just short of mint. And so is its case. It has one short remnant of a scratch to the back from previous opening. It presents beautifully on the wrist.

One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

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 for Tiffany & Co.
  • Model: Gyromatic Chronometer HF
  • Year built: c. 1960's
  • Functions: Chronometer Time, Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 18K Gold
  • Case markings (inside): Girard Perregaux with logo, 18K
  • Case condition: On the wrist it presents as just short of mint. What may be the original or a vintage applied sticker is still partially intact on the back and has been lightly previously polished around.
  • Dial: Silver, 18K gold baton applique makers topped date aperture, signed Chronometer HF, original, just short of mint condition
  • Dimensions: 34mm wide (excluding crown), 40mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Hands: Original, batons, 18K gold
  • Movement type: GP caliber 6008, rhodium plated, 17 ruby jewels, shock resistant, 36,000 bph balance system, micrometer regulator, chronometer certified
  • Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
  • Crystal: Acrylic, vintage, excellent condition
  • Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. 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 experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international warranty.
  • 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.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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