The Girard Perregaux wristwatch showcased in today's offering is one of the company's sought after vintage models. 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
- Cool two-tone dial emblazoned with the observatory logo
- Rugged Super Compressor style case and crown
- Employ three different special patented technologies
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.
The watch is fully original down to the dial, hands, bracelet, and signed winding crown, and the movement is clean.
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
Year built: 1971
Functions: Chronometer Time, Quick-Setting Date, Day, Waterproof (originally), Automatic, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Stainless steel
Case markings (inside): Girard Perregaux with logo, three different patent numbers
Case condition: Just short of mint
Dial: Two-tone silver and black, steel baton applique makers topped date aperture, signed Chronometer HF, original, mint condition
Hands: Original, batons, steel
Movement type: Signed Girard Perregaux, rhodium plated, shock resistant, 36,000 bph balance system, adjusted to 5 positions and temperature
Band: Original, steel, signed GP, sized to fit a wrist up to approx. just over 7 1/2 inches, adjustable, just short of mint condition
Crystal type: Mineral glass, mint condition
Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. 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.