[Identify] Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic
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    [Identify] Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic

    So I found this watch 1962 Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic - TIMELINE.WATCH collection. Even though the name is on the dial I can't find this exact watch anywhere. What's the reference number? Since it seems to be so hard to find I assume it's way out of my reach but I am still curious.

    Anyone got an idea?


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    Re: [Identify] Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic

    Quote Originally Posted by saiko View Post
    So I found this watch 1962 Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic - TIMELINE.WATCH collection. Even though the name is on the dial I can't find this exact watch anywhere. What's the reference number? Since it seems to be so hard to find I assume it's way out of my reach but I am still curious.

    Anyone got an idea?


    He's got the history wrong. Gyromatics were made well into the late 70's and later, and this one is definitely from the 70's. I also doubt it's an AS 1382 N, which has a power reserve display. But Girard-Perregaux used nearly 300 hundred different caliber designations in watches that had the Gyromatic label, so wtihout a movement picture, there's no way to identify the movement. This comes from the third period (around 1971 to 1978), during which they were no longer using the gyrotrones and the 39-jewel movements (which were from the first and second periods). The logo is from the 70's as well. After that period, they used movements like the Longines 990/Lemania 8810, because AS and FHF had been absorbed by ETA (rather than just being co-owned) and the AS and FHF movements were discontinued (though the AS and FHF factories are still in use today making ETA movements).

    There were considered fine and well-made watches, but GP was not the haute-horlogerie company then that it is now. Here's another example from the same period, but in a different case, that was most definitely within reach (in the several-hundred range). Notice the similarity in the shapes of the hands and the design concepts of the dial (even though the dials are different, they use the same design language):

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    The reference number is on the back or between the bottom lugs, which means you won't be able to see it in the one Timeline picture. GP made dozens if not hundreds of dial and case combinations so you might not find an exact match anywhere very easily, but the 70's Gyrotronics are not particularly rare (they are more rare the the 50's and 60's models, of course). Even the GP nuts don't have all the original catalogs to allow them to identify the reference on looks alone.

    Rick "who just bought the Gyrotronic within the last few weeks" Denney
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    Re: [Identify] Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic

    Thank you for the detailed response. I guess I will have to search for a while then.

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