Greetings, this is my first post, hopefully in the correct forum area.
I just came into possession of this watch today. My mother had it and said it was given to her father for Christmas in 1966 by my grandmother. His initials and 12-25-66 are inscribed on the back. I know nothing about the finer points of timepieces so turn to the experts here and thank you in advance for any additional information others can share about this watch.
I thought I found a similar on ebay, but then realized the numbers had arrows next to them, the hands were slightly different, and the 3 on my watch has the date instead. The auction doesn't mention models anyways, but the band does closely matche what I've got. Girard Perregaux Gyromatic Men's Vintage Wrist Watch to Fix | eBay
Here is a link to a picture I took of the watch I've got. Hopefully a picture is worth a thousand words, but the watch has the GP logo, below the 12 centered with the Girard-Perregaux, above the center of the dial. Half way between the center dial and the 6 is GYROMATIC in caps. There is a 6, 9, and 12 on the dial with the 3 being replaced by the day of the month. The front rim is gold colored and the back and side is silver colored. There's a round face with a gold metal band.
I've tried this site, but can't find the watch when selecting men's or woman's round face watches:
Girard-Perregaux watch finder
My mother did have the watch repaired recently, as it wasn't able to stay wound and she was told the following: it needs to be worn at least 8 hours a day to stay wound, to be fully restored it should have a leather band vs the metal one currently on it (which if it came with leather my mother says her dad never used a strap and he would have replaced the leather band with metal) and that the place doing the repairs estimated it was worth around $1300 or so. I don't know if that means the original cost or the current worth. After searching the web I suppose it is even possible the watch currently in my possession was never a real Perregaux, as I can't locate any images that match what I've got. It's possibly my grandmother purchased a fake or even that the repair shop my mother used may have pulled a swap. From my readings on the web it sounds like the back can be opened and a serial or model number should be found, and I could contact Perregaux to verify it is legitimate and possibly even track back the sale to my grandparents (which would be cool). They passed away 15+ years ago, so asking them for info would be a bit difficult.