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girard-perregaux 1966 blue dial
photo from Girard-Perregaux

Girard-Perregaux, the famous Swiss Haute-Horloger unvealed its new 1966 Blue Dial Chronograph. In order to celebrate the Brand 220th anniversary, they introduced to the 1966 collection a new Chronograph in white gold and with an elegant blue dial. The Brand named this collection as 1966 thanks to the Centenary prize they got from the Neuchatel Observatory. Their quest for perfection and precision brought them to Swiss Timepieces limelight.
In 1791, watchmaker and goldsmith Jean-François Bautte signed his first watches. He created a manufacturing company in Geneva grouping, for the first time ever, all the watch making facets of that time, which meant starting from the engineering of the watch all the way to the final hand assembly and hand polishing of each watch. 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 1980s its position in the domain of prestigious mechanical watches, Haute Horlogerie, under the lead of the Macaluso family (source wikipedia).

The new 1966 price is $29,700. It was built by Girard-Perregaux’s workshops.

REF : 49539-53-451-BK6A
Material : White gold
Dimensions / Diameter : 40,00 mm
Height : 12,05 mm
Case-back : Sapphire crystal, press-in
Water resistance : 3 ATM

The mecanism used is a GP030C0 from the Brand. It is a mechanical movement with an automatic winding, column-wheel chronograph.

Caliber : 10½”’
Height : 6.28 mm
Frequency : 28,800 Vib/h (4 Hz)
Jewels : 38
Power reserve : min. 36 hours
Functions : Hour, minute, column-wheel chronograph, small second

GP030C0 chronograph
photo Girard-Perregaux

To finalize a gentleman’s elegant timepiece, Girard-Perregaux chosed a classic Alligator strap.
What do you think? Tempted?