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    My Girard Perregaux 39 Jewel Gyromatic

    From my personal collection, here is a 39 Jewel Girard Perregaux from the mid 1960's I believe. The 34mm diameter stainless steel case is highly polished like a mirror and still retains its original signed "GP" winding crown. The clear crystal reveals the great signed pearlescent dial and calendar. The "GP" on the dial appears to be solid gold? Recently serviced, running strong and keeping excellent time.

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    Re: My Girard Perregaux 39 Jewel Gyromatic

    Good looking watch. The number on the movement suggests it's a Cal. 32 derivative (possibly Cal. 32.09) - based on the Adolf Schild AS 1688 (since it has a date - without date, it would be the AS 1687):

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Girard-Perregaux 32

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    Re: My Girard Perregaux 39 Jewel Gyromatic

    Thank you! Is this a good movement?


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    Re: My Girard Perregaux 39 Jewel Gyromatic

    It's a decent enough movement. Solid and reliable. But not excessively special. The fact of the matter is that it isn't entirely generic but isn't entirely in house either. It's a significant further development of an existing generic movement. So, in attracton, it lies between the two.

    My experience with Adolf Schild movements is that the weakest part is the date mechanism. It is particularly prone to damage if you try to quick change the date around midnight when the date friction spring has built up tension. Even if you don't have a quick setting mechanism, this part is the achilles heel of Adolf Schild movements. The rest is fine.

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    My kind of watch.

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    Re: My Girard Perregaux 39 Jewel Gyromatic

    Any recommendations as to the watch winder settings for this movement? CW, CCW, Both?
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    Re: My Girard Perregaux 39 Jewel Gyromatic

    That movement winds in both directions so the directional setting doesn't matter.

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    Re: My Girard Perregaux 39 Jewel Gyromatic

    Nice watch, but the dial is certainly not solid gold. In fact, there is unlikely to be any gold content.

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    Re: My Girard Perregaux 39 Jewel Gyromatic

    Correct, the dial is not gold, but what I stated is that the raised letters "GP" on the dial appear to be solid gold.
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    Re: My Girard Perregaux 39 Jewel Gyromatic

    Quote Originally Posted by webbb01 View Post
    Correct, the dial is not gold, but what I stated is that the raised letters "GP" on the dial appear to be solid gold.
    Sorry – I did not read carefully enough. That's possible, but still not likely, in my view. Steel cased Gyromatics were produced in very high numbers, and unlike, for example, Longines Conquest and Omega Constellations, which did use gold on dial furniture, they were not sold at price points that would have likely made such a choice sensible.

    I'm open to evidence of the contrary, but am obviously skeptical.
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