This is my first post on here, so don't be too harsh on me. I've recently become interested in watches, and purchased my first one, a Girard Perregeaux Seahawk. I'm trying to determine it's authenticy, and would love to learn more about the brand. I've found many mentions of "Girard Perregaux seahawk an Incomplete History," but the links appear to be dead, does anyone have a working link to that? Is there a reference guide available for purchase?
Now to the details of this particular item. I've been looking at the watch very closely and have a few observations and questions, I'd like to float out for commentary:
First, any guess on date? I get the sense its late 50's early 60's but thats pure speculation.
I noticed that the "r" in "Girard-Perregaux" are slightly irregular, as they don't turn down at the end as many do. However, the other details, most notably the "Sea Hawk," look correct. Though it is hard to tell, because it seems like their lettering made lots of subtle changes over the years. The bottom is marked "Swiss T" (rather than "Swiss" "T Swiss T", or Swiss T 25): I've found other examples of that marking, but not during the same time period. Is this a dead giveaway of a fake, or is that semi normal? The minute hand seems abnormally long to me, but maybe that's my paranoia kicking in.
Does anyone know if the back looks correct? Can anything be gleamed from it, other than that it's made of stainless steel?
I'm aware and unconcerned that the strap is clearly not original.
Unfortunately, I don't have photos of the movement yet. The seller said he didn't have the correct tools to remove it, which feels like a red flag to me. However, the seller has a sterling Ebay reputation, and said he would accept a return, should I discover it isn't original. Is this a watch, where you must access the movement through the face? if so, that is reasonable; if not, less so. Does the timegrapher tell me anything useful, side the watch is working. Any ideas which movement I should expect to find in a piece like this.
I'm planning on taking it in to be taken apart and inspected when it arrives in New York. Does anyone have an recommendations for reputable and reasonably priced people in the city?
Thanks for your help!