Vintage GP journey, Summer Edition, Part #3.1 - GP 8846 N

Jul 29, 2014,00:19 AM


It is my great pleasure to present to you the third part of this “Vintage GP journey, Summer Edition”.

For those of you who don’t know the reference GP 8846 N, the number refers to the first generation of Girard-Perregaux Olimpico chronograph.

According to my contact at the Manufacture, the idea for the Olimpico chronograph came from one of the GP Agents in Mexico at that time, Guido de Angelis, who saw an opportunity to sell more watches during the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games.

From a watch perspective the 1968 Olympic Games was a very interesting game. This was the first time in the Olympic Games history that an electronic timekeeping was officially used!

The official timekeeper of the Olympic Games was Omega, but that didn’t stop others to use the Olympic Games from a promotional perspective.

A lot of research and development in the timekeeping area was introduced during the Mexico Games. For the first time “touch pads” was used to time swimmers, the “Swim Eight-O-Matic” timer.

As mentioned the Girard-Perregaux Olimpico series started with the Mexico Olympic Game. After that several Olimpico references has been released. Some speculations on the internet claims that the Olimpico already was introduced in the 1950’s, but I have to decline these speculations based on the information received directly from the Manufacture.

I have no information on when GP stopped the Olimpico series for the first time but I do know there were no Olimpico watches released in 1980 and 1984.

Another missing information is exact which years GP released different Olimpico models. Some may have been release even in non-Olympic years… Will try to find out more.

In 1988 Girard-Perregaux re-launched the Olimpico series with the reference 4910 and followed up with the reference 1030 to the 1992 Olympic Games. The last Olimpico chronograph was released in 1996, the Laureato reference 8017. At that point Girard-Perregaux received a letter from the Olympic Committee saying that the name was protected and … sad

That was the end of the Olimpico chronograph series and I don’t think we can expect a rebirth.

So, back to this watch, the GP 8846 N, in 1968, 500 pieces were made of this reference. The price at that time was CHF 450.-

From what I understand there were two dial colors, one silver and one black. Sorry, I can’t show you any photo of the black version right now.

I find the silver version is just stunning! smile

Tachymetre, Base 200 scale in red and blue. Three sub-dials, 30 minute counter at 3 o’clock, 12 hour counter at 6 o’clock and running second at 9. Chronograph central seconds.

Inside is the GP caliber 07-3, based on the Excelsior Park P40. A true work horse, Girard-Perregaux started to use the GP caliber 07-3 in 1966 and the last piece with that caliber was sold in 1976.

The case is very classic, short, slightly curved lugs, polished upper, brushed sides - sounds familiar?

Screw down case back.

The first generation Olimpico came in at least two references, here the reference 8862.

Notice the different pushers and the non-luminous hands and dial on the 8862.

The Olimpico also existed in three different metal versions: SS, Gold Plated 20 microns and 18K Gold.

On the wrist the 8846 is heavenly! smile

With a diameter of 37.5 – 38 mm it sits perfect on the wrist!

I have to confess that in the last few of month, this one has received a lot of wrist time. Who knew that a no-chrono guy like me could fall so completely in love with a chronograph…?

I fear what can of worms that this will open for me…

Friends, I hope you have enjoyed this part #1 of the GP Olimpico 8846!

This topic is so big and interesting that I will have to divide this post into a two parted series (minimum), hope you don’t mind. Even if I promised you a three parted summer menu, I guess no one will object that we prolong the summer and continue…?





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 By: Baron - Mr Red : July 29th, 2014-00:58
Firstly, congratulations on yet another GP into your collection. You move very very fast indeed. With this chronograph, you have not only a great piece of GP history but also a watch that is aesthetically beautiful and stunning condition. I love th... 

El Blomman?

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 29th, 2014-02:09
LOL! Yes, maybe this time... But no speed Gonzales! ;) This one I have hold back for several month now.... Yes, a piece of the GP history! Hopefully I will be able to uncover some more on this topic soon. Thank you, my friend Best Blomman

You're dangerous

 By: crown comfort : July 29th, 2014-01:24
another stunning GP from the late 60ties/early 70ties. Especially love the beautiful condition of the watch. You almost got me there, I'm already looking at some GPs from the era...ah nooooo, I have been blommanised. CC

Yes, CC! You have been Blommonized! ;)

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 29th, 2014-02:17
This is music to my ears! :) Looking forward to see you entering the vintage stage, CC! So many marvels to discover! Thank you for this compliment! :) Best Blomman

Doing it again, my friend !.. What a Chrono-marvel !.. Your start into the Chrono-world

 By: hs111 : July 29th, 2014-05:29
..has been no surprise to me, any more ( what about the DSA-Chrono , hmm?); Such nice balance of a classical, Vintage appearance ! Slowly but steadily, your "reservation" vs Chronos, becomes a piece of history, meanwhile and days to come, I trustfully ass... 

Yes, I am slowly changing....

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 29th, 2014-10:30
Honestly, I have a couple of more chronos hidden right now (yes, I will post soon)... Guess that my no chrono days are over for good! ;) Thank you, my friend! Of course I will bring this one next time we meet! :) Best Blomman

A great looking piece Blomman!

 By: fernando : July 29th, 2014-05:30
You are unstoppable now with the GP craze and we are the better for it. Your background history of each specimen is delightful to read and so very informative! Thanks for sharing and looking forward to the next episode. :) cheers fernando

You know me by now, Fernando...! ;)

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 29th, 2014-10:44
Throw me a bone and I will chase it to the end of the World! ;) Na, more serious, who can resist a great looking watch like this?! Especially when it comes with a story to tell! :) Thank you for your kind words, my friend. For me, to find the watch is onl... 

I knew it! The Olimpico is a great Chronograph.

 By: amanico : July 29th, 2014-05:57
Top Class and housing a very nice movement. And tis one seems to be in super condition, too. Bravo, my friend, and thanks for this very interesting post. Nicolas

No surprise here, eh? ;)

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 29th, 2014-10:46
Thank you, my friend! I guess that this didn't come as a big surprise... :) Best Blomman

Thank you! [nt]

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 29th, 2014-12:05

beautiful watch...

 By: MattS : July 29th, 2014-08:58
and very nice post! thanks my friend Matt

Yes, this one I am ....

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 29th, 2014-12:07
Very happy to have found! :) Thank you, my friend - good to see you here in the GP forum! I think there might be a Deep Diver matching your criteria's...? :) Best Blomman

beautiful watch...and

 By: MattS : July 29th, 2014-08:58
and very nice post! thanks my friend Matt

Thank you, again! :) [nt]

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 29th, 2014-12:07


 By: Albi : July 29th, 2014-10:34
Very beautiful!! Congratulations!! :) Best Alberto

Thank you, Alberto! :)

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 29th, 2014-12:08
So many marvels hidden when it comes to GP! :) Such a great joy to explore them! Best Blomman

I agree!!

 By: Albi : July 31st, 2014-11:19
Of course I like also most of their current offerings, but when you look at vintage pieces, then you realize that there are so many amazing gems in GP's history! Makes me wish I could chase them all!! :) Best, Alberto

All?! Watch out that you don't become...

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 31st, 2014-12:12
Like me! ;) Best Blomman

I wish..!!

 By: Albi : July 31st, 2014-19:26
I can only dream of becoming a collector like you..! But I'll try my best! ;) Best Alberto

LOL! Thank you for you kind words, but....

 By: blomman Mr Blue : August 1st, 2014-03:05
Believe me when I say that life is easier if you don't.... To be like me and many other collectors is a constant pain!! ;) Best Blomman

Only question is...

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : July 29th, 2014-13:39
Do you first find catalogs and then match watches with them or vice versa ;) Sadly I'm out of grappa---- I knew I should have save it for after the post :) Great catch my dear friend of a watch that I call the one of classic chronos The dial outlay ----th... 

The truthful answer would be: both! :)

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 30th, 2014-00:27
Some watches I get aware of by posts from other members, friends telling me, information found in books or on the Internet. But some watches I get aware of by finding a document... Once I have the document, I have my shopping list! ;) Damjan, you asked me... 


 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : July 30th, 2014-00:33
I was into GP long ago you become mod but now I'm obsessed :) Thank you for all the great work you are doing for us GP freaks You are moving speed of light my friend I'm just a snail Damjan P.S. Yes I expect nothing less that grappa ;)

Thank you for your kind words, my friend!

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 30th, 2014-07:03
I will try to keep up the pace so that this place will become a lively and vibrent mecca for all GP freaks! ;) Best Blomman

re: Summer Edition

 By: DRMW : July 29th, 2014-16:36
A most interesting piece and a history to match. Thanks for the insights blomman! -MW

My pleasure, MW! :)

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 30th, 2014-07:05
It is a much greater pleasure to know the history of the watch you wear than not...! :) Best Blomman

Of your GPs.....

 By: Baron - Mr Red : July 30th, 2014-06:59
.....I think I find the Olympico the most appealing.... and in this condition....compulsory.

Konwing you....

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 30th, 2014-12:22
I am not surprised! :) Maybe time to play some more in the GP field...? Best, my friend Blomman

The "Olympic" chronographs by GP started in 1936...

 By: Goldenlutin : July 30th, 2014-15:32
The Olympic "story" began for GP in 1936 with the "Mimolympic" watch which was sold both under the GP brand and Mimo (). This is the only (and last) time GP used something you could call an in-house movement in the Olympic chronographs. To be exact, the M... 

Very interesting informations, Goldenlutin. I didn't know that about this chrono.

 By: amanico : July 30th, 2014-22:37
But is the last version with the turning bezel still housing the EP movement, or a Valjoux ( 72? ) ?? Best, Nicolas

EP (Excelsior Park) 40...

 By: Goldenlutin : July 30th, 2014-23:54
There is an EP 40 (with hour counter) movement in it. Definitively a watch to own. Sorry, I have no access to my pictures at the moment. Regarding old/vintage GP chronographs, before GP released the Excelsior Park re-branded chronographs it was selling re... 

Thanks, GL, I am in the hunt for such Chronographs, from GP.

 By: amanico : July 31st, 2014-03:57
I now know where to better hunt! Nicolas

All iteresting point, but I do not fully agree...

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 31st, 2014-01:01
Goldenlutin, The Olympico got the name due to the Mexican Olympic Games 1968. The name is specificly in Spanish hence the "o" in the end. The Mexican Olympic Games was the first ever in a Spanish speaking country and also the first game ever in Latin-Amer... 

It was not meant negatively...

 By: Goldenlutin : July 31st, 2014-05:30
I do own these watches myself. It is just a fact that these chronographs were bought and not produced by GP. It is only in a modern view of things and due to the modern hype for manufactures that it might sound negative. I could make you a long list of ot... 

You have the Olimpico chronos?!

 By: blomman Mr Blue : July 31st, 2014-12:16
Please share them here with us! :) Well, if modern way of thinking, not many (if any?!) watches would be considered as true watches...! Best Blomman

I will...

 By: Goldenlutin : August 2nd, 2014-00:31
but I have no access to my pictures right know. As I said, my favorite on it the latter execution with turning bezel. I do own a NOS one. Best, Goldenlutin

Thank you dear Blomman for a most interesting and informative post about...

 By: Subexplorer : July 31st, 2014-18:04
... a watch I love so much. Your timepice is in a superb condition which makes so enjoyable to wear on the wrist. You throw a lot of light about a model I also own and knew so little about. Regrettably, the inner of the back case of mine doesn´t mention t...  

Na, we only tease your teast buds....

 By: blomman Mr Blue : August 1st, 2014-00:16
Come and take a bite, my friend! ;) Best Blomman

LOL! You are a true Vlad! ;) [nt]

 By: blomman Mr Blue : August 3rd, 2014-03:29

Dear Abel, I am certain that your watch...

 By: blomman Mr Blue : August 1st, 2014-00:35
Has the same reference as mine: 8846 N. That you don't find any numbers in the inside of the case back is not strange. GP used to put the reference in the inside of the case back up intil end 50' / beginning 60's (not sure about the exact date). After tha...  

Thank you so much for your information dear Blomman!...

 By: Subexplorer : August 1st, 2014-12:11
... I will check tonight to see if I can find the reference number between the lugs. Definitively it has no numbers on the case back, which is the same shape of yours. But as you well say they seem to be the same reference. I am more than happy to share i... 

My pleasure, my friend! :)

 By: blomman Mr Blue : August 1st, 2014-12:42
Have a great weekend, dear Abel! :) Best Blomman

Dear Blomman: I confirm that my watch also have the 8846N reference...

 By: Subexplorer : August 2nd, 2014-18:27
... Between lugs at 6. I didn' t notice that before! Thank you for all this valuable info my friend! Have a nice week end! Very cordially, Abel

Yes, as I suspected...

 By: blomman Mr Blue : August 3rd, 2014-03:01
Great to have the confirmation, dear Abel! :) BWT, check out this weeks Masthead.... ;) Best, my friend Blomman

Edit per forum rules

 By: Daniel Olson : October 27th, 2017-10:51
Welcome here, Daniel! Please use our collectors market for any listings of watches. Best Blomman ...  

Here is mine, second generation

 By: Goldenlutin : August 8th, 2014-04:55

EP40 :) [nt]

 By: Goldenlutin : August 8th, 2014-07:54

So, like the former one? Cool, I love this movement.

 By: amanico : August 8th, 2014-07:59
Now, I have to hunt the Watch.... Best, Nicolas

Awesome! :)

 By: blomman Mr Blue : August 9th, 2014-03:36
Yes, that one is really cool! On my hunt list for long time now.... Thank you for sharing, GL! :) Please feel free to post some more photos. Best Blomman

Happy to see some one still enjoys these old posts! :)

 By: blomman Mr Blue : October 29th, 2017-03:08
Thank you, CJ! If you liked this one, maybe you would enjoy these as well: Best, my friend Blomman

My pleasure!

 By: blomman Mr Blue : October 30th, 2017-11:52
When ever you have the time, you should brows our archive here - a lot of fun and interesting read! Best Blomman

Just catching up on some threads & this 1 jumped off the screen!

 By: nomadgiles : November 1st, 2017-11:00
Lovely chrono there, Blomman - & thanks for sharing its pictures, history & details. Such a well balanced & classy dial! All the best, Giles

Thank you, G!

 By: blomman Mr Blue : November 2nd, 2017-01:23
Yes, a classic among the Olimpico's! Best Blomman