Oh my... What a wonderful watch
That?s indeed a pretty rare bird and certainly one of the nicest (if not the nicest) watch of this variation i?ve seen so far.
And it is an important watch.
These are special watches. Not only this is probably the most accurate timepiece ever made in serial production, but it started a new direction in watch production towards the faster beat rates.
And it is a special model for the brand: Until today, the certificates of the 3 prizes GP won at the Chronometer Trials with these Observatory Chronometer movements are visible placed in a conference room at the GP head quarters in La Chaux-De-Fonds and testify this outstanding achievement of our beloved "little brand".
And like the vintage 3-bridges in GP?s museum, the past success at the Chronometer Trials is a motivation to strieve for excellence in the future.
So it is truly a remarkable piece and i?m very happy to see it turned out so nicely; of all past GP watches, this is certainly among the most interesting watches.
What i like very much is the "understatement aspect".
It does have a special history and it is a special watch, but it is a piece for those "who know".
Again, sincere congratulations on a very special watch, which obviously got a great revision by GP and is a true gem.
Thanks a lot for sharing!
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This is a gorgeous piece of GP! Could you tell me how much the overhaul at GP was? Also, do you have a "Before overhaul" photo? Thank you!
Here?s a Observatory Chronometer (albeit not Will?s watch): GP caliber 32A Observatory Chronometer, tested by Observatory Neuchatel (serial numbers edited out) Keep in mind only movements were tested (and still are, by COSC today). By contemporary standar...
Thanks for the photo of the movement . . .
Peter: Thanks for the photo of the Observatory movement. I have never seen one so close-up. And many thanks for the additional information about the watch - your knowledge of GP and watches in general never ceases to amaze me. Regards, Will
that watch rules
Hi Will, That piece is truly amazing. I'm glad you let GP CH do the work and delighted to hear they did it justice. Dare I ask? How's the timekeeping. Thanks for the pics! _john
... from a Bulletin d`Marche by the Observatory Neuchatel of September 1967 for a GP like Will?s: Different from COSC bulletins, the Observatory ones are four pages with each listing the results for the specific testing period (10 periods over 4-5 days ea...
I know its good but . . .
Hi John: Thanks for your kind words. The watch appears to be keeping excellent time but I have only compared it to an Internet Atomic clock as I do not have a watch timer. I know that GP Swiss did a great job with the overhaul because that is something th...
Where to service?
Is there a difference as to service between these two locations? GIRARD-PERREGAUX USA 201 Route 17 North 8th Floor RUTHERFORD, N.J. 07070 Tel 877-846-3447 Fax 201-507-1553 SERVICE Tradema of America Service Center 801 West Main Street Mount Joy, PA 17552-...
An alternative would be to "send it home"
Hi Don, John is correct. In fact, RGM/Tradema USA does the service for GP USA. As an alternative, it?s possible to send it to Switzerland. Will?s watch was serviced back home in La Chaux-De-Fonds - and obviously, it paid to do so In any case, i think eith...