Saturday, August 8, 2009

RARE GIRARD PERREGAUX FIRST QUARTZ WATCH (SOLD)

VINTAGE GIRARD PERREGAUX TRANSISTORISED 1ST GEN QUARTZ MEN'S WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1970'S

CLEAN & SHINNING GOLD TONE DIAL IN MINT CONDITION

DATE WINDOW AT 3 O'CLOCK

CRYSTAL IS CLEAN WITH NO CRACK NO SCRATCHES

THE SWISS TRANSISTOR QUARTZ MOVEMENT

GOLD TONE LUMINOUS HANDS

GOLD TONE RAISED BATON MARKER

GOLD PLATED STAINLESS STEEL CASE MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 44m INCLUDING THE CROWN AND 45mm LUG TO LUG

SIGNED CROWN

GENUINE BLACK LEATHER BAND FITS 8.5" WRIST

DISCONTINUED MODEL... VERY RARE MINT CONDITION!

WORKING CONDITION AND KEEPING TIME

SPECIAL OFFER PRICE : SOLD TO PATRIK KIT FROM MUAR

BRIEF HISTORY OF GIRARD PERREGAUX WATCHES

In 1791, watchmaker and goldsmith Jean-Francois Bautte signed his first watches. He created a manufacturing company in Geneva regrouping all the watch making trades of that time. In 1852, the watchmaker Constant Girard founded the Girard & Cie Firm in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He then married Marie Perregaux and the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture was born in 1856. In 1906, Constant Girard-Gallet, who took over control of the Manufacturer from his father, took over the Bautte House and merged it with Girard-Perregaux & Cie. Since then, the brand has pursued its activities by reinforcing from the 1980’s its position in the domain of prestigious mechanical watches under the lead of Luigi Macaluso.

The Manufacture has made close to 80 patents in the watch making domain and is the originator of several innovative concepts.

  • 1880: Constant Girard develops a concept of wristwatches, made for German naval officers and ordered by Emperor Guillaume I of Germany. Two-thousand watches were produced, which represents the first important commercialization of wristwatches.
  • 1965: Girard-Perregaux designs the first mechanic movement at high frequency, at which the balancer beats at 36,000 vibrations/hour: the Gyromatic HF.
  • 1970: Girard-Perregaux presents its first watch to the world to be equipped with a quartz movement which vibrates at 32,768 Hertz, the frequency remaining the universal standard for quartz watches today.
  • 2008: The brand presents a constant force escapement at SIHH (International Show of High-End Watch making), distinguishing itself from all the other known escapements to this day.
Since 1999, the Villa Marguerite, a building in La Chaux-de-Fonds from the beginning of the 20th century, has housed the Girard-Perregaux Museum. A selection of old watches and documents illustrating the history of the brand is presented there.

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