Tuesday of Laureato week: Girard-Perregaux Laureato 4266 TA

 By: crown comfort : March 5th, 2019-01:41
Today, let's go back to THE original Laureato.

The very first from 1975 in steel with blue Clous-de-Paris dial.

35mm diameter but great presence on the wrist.

Very thin but Quartz movement, it was cutting edge at that time!

I particularly like the Bracelet, it is slim, but solid and very comfortable. It just looks classy.



Aesthetically, for me, hard to beat! Mechanically, that's another thing, but I am not, by far, a quartz fan. [nt]

 By: amanico : March 5th, 2019-01:45
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It is often hard to beat the original, like take the Royal Oak 5402

 By: crown comfort : March 5th, 2019-03:43
but I also like the modern adaptations, the 8010 and the current Laureato.

Best specimen [nt]

 By: jomni1 : March 5th, 2019-02:40
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From the original Laureato, yes, the all steel with blue Clous-de-Paris I like best

 By: crown comfort : March 5th, 2019-03:44
of all Laureatos, I think there are a few other candidates smile

This is an important part of the GP history!

 By: blomman Mr Blue : March 5th, 2019-02:59
Both in regards of the Laureato and for the Quartz movements!

The standard GP set with these Quartz movements is still in use by many brands today!


Very much an important step and as you said, it was GP Caliber 350 which was the first Quartz that introduced todays standard Quartz frequency of 32768 Hz [nt]

 By: crown comfort : March 5th, 2019-03:45
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The Quartz world would look very different without this one! [nt]

 By: blomman Mr Blue : March 5th, 2019-09:40
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pure perfection [nt]

 By: Passionata_george : March 5th, 2019-03:20
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Thanks George, within its timeframe, this was a very avantgarde watch and still looks fresh today [nt]

 By: crown comfort : March 5th, 2019-03:46
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Cutting edge as you said

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : March 5th, 2019-03:22
G-P played important role in first days of quartz.
If not mistaken "their frequency" became officially accepted in quartz watches.
Very cool time capsule with excellent dial.

Absolutely correct as or my reply to Blomman

 By: crown comfort : March 5th, 2019-03:48
it was a break through in Quartz technology.

This is a good looking watch from GP ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : March 5th, 2019-03:43
If only it had a mechanical movement to match its looks. 

Very cool to see the original.

 By: zabreg1 Mr White : March 5th, 2019-03:54
The 35mm size is perfect.
So, how many weeks do we get a Laureato a day?

Only this week Mon to Sat as in Sun, someone once said, we shall rest ;) [nt]

 By: crown comfort : March 5th, 2019-04:05
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Great looking watch! Particularly I like the dial. [nt]

 By: J K : March 5th, 2019-04:24
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Thanks J K. The colour is also very nice, hard to see in photos

 By: crown comfort : March 5th, 2019-05:14
it is a very nice greyish blue.

I like this one a lot with its integrated bracelet. Cheers.

 By: Pretty Boy : March 5th, 2019-04:36
Best, V.

Thanks Volker, yes very typical 70s. You also want to look up the JLC 24000, very similar. [nt]

 By: crown comfort : March 5th, 2019-05:15
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A fundamental building block for any history of GP. Fantastic watch and it looks to be in great shape, too, well done. :-) [nt]

 By: Cru Jones : March 5th, 2019-13:36
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Thanks a lot, CJ. The Laureato has been a stronghold throughout the history since 1975 [nt]

 By: crown comfort : March 5th, 2019-14:16
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I'll dispute "but quartz" here...

 By: tick28800 : March 5th, 2019-23:57
We all know that nowadays quartz movements and watches are almost always synonym for el-cheapo watches, if you don't go over super high precision multi quartz/thermo compensated models.
But back in the days when this was in the shop windows quartz was seen as cutting edge technology and swiss manufacturers were striving to find a way not to die.
This, but also the OysterQuartz for example, are great examples the swiss way to approach the problem. 
An historic piece in my opinion really worth collecting, even I don't particularly like the bracelet.
Remember that at the same time the mechanical counterpart had riveted wheels and unserviceable parts. Nonetheless I whish I could have both.

Many thanks for your thoughts

 By: crown comfort : March 6th, 2019-01:31
I have of course made peace with the Quartz movement in the first Laureato as you rightly pointed out how important and cutting edge it was at that time.
Collectible? Very!
Nostalgic feelings that it does not have a mechanical movement? Yeah, still there somehow. smile
Many thanks,

Great Watch, desperately looking for replacement part (inductor)

 By: ueli.brunner : June 25th, 2019-21:13
Had sent my watch to GP for repair, but unfortunately they have no more spare parts. The inductor is broken. Any suggestions for help are welcome. Have received my GP 4266 about 40 years ago as a gift. A beautiful watch, very accurate and reliable.

Check out...

 By: claes_t : June 26th, 2019-07:49
There is help to be had

Thanks! [nt]

 By: ueli.brunner : June 26th, 2019-08:10
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A nice blue dial watch never fails. [nt]

 By: Watchlover78 : July 9th, 2019-10:48
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