So... yesterday I was at the office having a normal day and I get a call from a friend's friend. He was told I am into watches... He said he had a GP limited edition and he is in a hurry to sell. We agreed to meet later in the afternoon. He arrives with the watch wrapped in a paper towel. I see it and there it was: An as new GP Ferrari limited edition 2002 world championship. Obviously I put my poker face trying not to drool all over the watch. Ask him how much he wants and how did he get it. The guy owns a car repair shop, he is into cars but not watches. The watch was gifted to him by an associate he used to have and ever since has been sitting in a drawer. He has to urgently make a payment for God knows what tool he needs at the shop.
I hold the watch and asked him if I could retain it for a day to have it checked, authenticated and verify that it was not reported stolen. He agrees. So today I send the watch to the official GP service center in Mexico city and the watch returns authentic and mechanically perfect. I check the original retail price of the watch and offer 40% to this fellow... He agrees and the transaction is made.
I have a very small collection of 2 semi dress watches in leather strap (Cartier Tank MC, Ball Trainmaster 120th), 1 daily user I can dress up or down and for travel (UN Dual Time) and a beater (Tissot). I kind of was missing a good looking chrono on the rotation and was thinking on a Speedy Pro.
This GP might no have the history of the Speedy but certainly has the DNA of a great watch maker. I fell in love as soon as I strapped it to my wrist, it is exactly what I was looking for. Also, I recently bought a Baume & Mercier that looks very similar for my girlfrind. So too much words... here it is