Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic Watch

Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic Watch

Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic Watch Watch Releases

Let's all wish Girard-Perregaux a happy 225th birthday and share a virtual cake, right along with a closer look at this beautiful tribute to the brand's Gyromatic watches from the 1960s. The Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic watch pays stylistic tribute to early models that used a technical solution by Girard-Perregaux to improve automatic winding efficiency from around the time when "self-winding" was the hot thing in watches. If you are a fan of simple, classically styled watches as I am, then you too will likely find the Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic an exciting visual treat.

Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic Watch Watch Releases

Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic Watch Watch Releases

Girard-Perregaux's Gyromatic system substituted roller-equipped unidirectional clutches for ratchet wheels, the brand explains. The point was to reduce idle travel of the oscillating weight and thereby increase efficiency. The 2016 model is called the "1957" because that was the year that the technology was first used in a movement, even though the design is based on a stylistic cues from 1960s Gyromatic watches – talk about a confusing choice of product names. Add to that the lack of self-restraint, testified to by the logo that prominently features 1791, the year to which the company traces its roots and you start to feel bad for the 19th century not getting a mention.

Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic Watch Watch Releases
Early Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic movement
Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic Watch Watch Releases
1960s Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic (left) & new-for-2016 Girard-Perregaux 1957 watch compared for design (not size)

The above picture shows a Gyromatic watch from the '60s alongside the new Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic model that was inspired by it. The comparison is for design and not for size since watches back then were much smaller than today. The 30-meter water-resistant steel Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic case measures 40mm wide, polished on top and brushed on the sides, while the some 50-year older model must have been at least a couple of millimeters smaller. Part of the benefit of the Gyromatic system was that it was a more compact solution that allowed for slimmer cases, and the Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic is a reasonably slender 9.45mm thick.

Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic Watch Watch Releases

The movement inside the Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic is the in-house GP03300-0130 automatic movement that is on display through the sapphire crystal caseback. Made up of 218 parts the movement beats at a standard 4Hz with 46 hours of power reserve. While a simple movement and not elaborately decorated or skeletonized, the finishing itself is sure to be nicely done, featuring Geneva stripes and circular graining on the main plate and rotor. The brand brought back another model from around the same era this year with the Girard-Perregaux Laureato (hands-on here) that used a very similar GP03300-family movement. As in that watch, the Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic's GP03300-0130 features three-hand time-telling and the date.

Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic Watch Watch Releases
Girard-Perregaux 1957 watch caseback showing the GP03300-0130 movement (image: colette.fr)

Confession: the blue-dial version of the Girard-Perregaux Laureato from earlier this year just happened to be the one that made me snap and write an entire article on date windows. The three-hand layout here, with a basic black-on-white date wheel at 3 o'clock is so familiar and its presentation so common, that I am left wanting somehow a little bit more from a watch as expensive as this. That noted, the all-around quality of execution, finishing, and textures really do hit a sweet nostalgic note for me personally (even though I wasn't alive back then – too much Mad Men, perhaps).

The raised crystal in the style of plexiglass crystals from that era looks great, and it's even better that it is actually sapphire. The indices and handset are a slam dunk. The gold dial's contrast with the silver of everything else lends the piece a two-tone look. A lot of people object to two-tone - but for me, it can be as retro-charming as other reissue and vintage-inspired pieces that I also enjoy. The black alligator strap is a safe, but solid choice that emphasizes its simplicity.

Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic Watch Watch Releases

I don't feel shy saying that I am a big fan of Girard-Perregaux, but often left a bit despondent when faced with their prices. Forgetting about the US$10,300 price of the Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic, it is an absolutely beautiful piece, but it seems like it could have been even more competitive in the $5-7k segment. girard-perregaux.com

Tech Specs From Girard-Perregaux

REF : 41957-11-131-BB6A
Material : Steel
Dimensions : 40.00 mm wide, 9.45 mm thick
Case-back : sapphire crystal
Black alligator strap with stitches
Water resistance : 30 meters (3 ATM)
GP03300-0130 Automatic Movement
25.60 mm (11”’) wide and 3.20 mm thick
Thickness: 3.20 mm
Vibration: 28,800 beats/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Jewels: 27
Components: 218
Functions: hour, minute, second, date

  • iamcalledryan

    Although I think G-P stole the name ‘Gyromatic’ from my reputation on the dancefloor this is a lovely watch that will get G-P collectors salivating. At that price point you will need to have more than just value-hunting driving your decision. Totally agree that 5-7k would get the party really going.

    • ??????

      As a huge GP fan I can honestly say – I am now drowning in saliva 🙂

      • Chaz

        Honored to meet you, sir. I’ve NEVER met a “huge GP fan” before!!

        • ??????

          Well, you’ve never been to PuristPRO then? (I am not part of it, but these guys are really fond of GP)

          • iamcalledryan

            Quite – I know one or two!

    • DanW94

      LOL…As disturbing as your dance moniker may be, the price on this one will probably scare off a few potential dance partners.

    • Berndt Norten

      Like Phil Collins, I can’t dance. Not with this one. The Seiko retreads look similar for $200 . I like this watch but the pricing is baffling

  • laup nomis

    Beautiful. The sunburst golden colour dial with the simple text, dauphine hands (well proportioned), and sarlacc teeth indices all works. I’d happily wear it.
    Okay, the date window breaks the dial up a little, but its been done as sympathetically as possible, if you assume a watch businesses has to include them or lose sales.

  • ??????

    3 words: My. New. Dream.

  • ??????

    I want to sell all my current watches, get this piece of charming modesty and forget about hunting watches. Hope they’ll be sold at 60% of MSRP after some time…

    • DanW94

      You could do that. You’ll be happy with this beauty on your arm for a while, but eventually your eyes will wander to a new curvy case and beautiful backside…..

      • ??????

        You may be right – it happened to me many times like a cycle: I am becoming obsessed with some watch, then I dream of it… then I get it, wear it for a month and start to look elsewhere. But look at this beauty:

      • Chaz

        That’s what she said.

    • Chaz

      Knowing GP, your wish of 60% off may not be that unrealistic. Why not just charge a decent, reasonable price from the get go and NOT be forced to massively discount when the inventory sits??

      My local AD that carries GP is blowing them out at 30% off now and they’re still sitting. Some decent ones, too.

      • ??????

        You are right… Honestly – I don’t know why they are doing this. Actually, what they achieved is that people really don’t want to purchase their fresh releases and keep waiting for year or two until the price drops almost 1/2 of MSRP. I would also prefer if they just initially put realistic MSRP and don’t behave Invicta-style…

  • Raymond Wilkie

    2 words : Really. Boring.

    • ??????

      You can always get something cool like this:

  • MEddie90

    Gorgeous styling and a solid construction, definitely a competitive offering in the dress/sports category but all in all I feel putting this up against the likes of the Omega Globemaster the Omega clinches it for me both in looks and features (but not by much).

    So much to like here, the hands and indeces are stunning, case is well proportioned, movement is a workhorse. Just a shame about the date positioning (at 6:00 would work better imho) and the price (about twice the price of an oyster perpetual).

  • wallydog2

    Classy (but over-priced?)

  • ILOW

    Sunburst dial in gold is nice! Brushed flanks, polished front is nice! Lugs nice! Indices nice! Movement? Looks dull and tiny. Date window? Odd. Price? Ouchies.

    • ap patek

      That’s one burly metal doughnut surrounding that movement.

  • DR

    Like Natalie Imbruglia, I’m a bit torn on this one.

    On the up side, I wish there were more sensible watches like this (but under 40mm). Just regular, tell-the-time-and-date watches for normal human beings. But under 40mm.

    On the down side, why must they put dates all over the case and caseback? Frankly, nobody gives a hoot (check my politeness!) about their 225th anniversary. I mean, well done – that’s longer than any of us will survive, but will you want to wear this next year? And the year after that? And has there ever been a “collectible” watch with random anniversary years written all over it? (I’ll make an exception for Longines, and maybe Tissot on a good day.)

    Sorry GP, I’ll keep my $10k.

    • Berndt Norten

      Quite possibly the celebrity world’s most beautiful woman right up there with Aishwarya Rai.

  • Flávio Maia

    The movement looks tiny in the case, and i think that GP will have to pray for the saints to sell it for 10.000 bucks…

  • Garrett Hu

    Beautiful dial and watch, it’s got no resemblance to the original in my opinion though. Price is too high but wait a few months and you can probably get these for half off if not more. Poor residuals aside, at $10k retail it has a ton of competition. Especially when prices have been coming down with value add, I just don’t see these being sold at retail.

  • Richard Bonanno

    This brand just doesn’t sell. They are flooded in the grey market

    • Marcos Caetano

      doesnt sell well in the us, in asia their market is huge; and their main source of turnover is ebauches, last financial year gp had a turnover of 300 million euros so they must be doing something right.

  • Ulysses31

    It’s beautiful. Gee, I hope it doesn’t cost too mu… Sorry, I can get this kind of subtle elegance for a tenth of the price, and for this price a much more handsome watch can be had.

    • Chaz

      Just saw some Armani watches (automatics) in the local Costco today. ~$500. Very nice and classicly styled.

      Given a choice between those and this GP, (and considering I had $10k to blow) I’d be conflicted!

  • cg

    Love the 60’s version better and the name is true 50’s 60’s hype and easy to keep with new version though it should be printed on the face along with the “automatic” nomenclature.

  • SwissMatic

    No freakin’ way.

  • Shawn Lavigne

    aesthetically, i find it quite pleasing, but i do like being able to tell the time to the minute. add hash marks and it’s perfect.

  • Richard Baptist

    Okay a steel watch with no complications for 10k? What is the movement made of gold? I got this for 1500 bucks http://www.ablogtowatch.com/ophion-oph-960-watch-review/ and it has a 5 day technotime hand wound movement. If you don’t like the 43 mm size, they’re working on a 39mm with the same movement. What am I missing?

    • Kuroji

      It like half what a steel AP RO or PP Nautilus costs. However, Oyster Perpetual 39 exists and is much cheaper.

      • Shinytoys

        The Oyster is a completely different animal in design and form, and for 1500.00 I’d pass on the Clam. So incredibly ordinary and common.what we have here is something that is normally much more expensive when the movement is used in other manufacturer’s products, really fine craftsmanship (you’d have to hold one in your hand to appreciate it) and an opportunity to have something slick and unique.

    • Shinytoys

      You made a fine choice…tremedous watch for a song…

    • SuperStrapper

      Well, you paid $1500 for a $750 watch. This is $10k watch that should be about $5k, so in terms of percentages, it’s 6 to one and a half dozen to another.

      • Shinytoys

        So by your accounting, a 15,000 Rolex President should be 7500.00.

        • SuperStrapper

          Wishful thinking! But I’d still be out…

      • Richard Baptist

        so a 50% mark up on a 1500 dollar watch? No offense but I think you just pulled those figures out of the air. Even if it was true, I’d rather be screwed a little than a lot.

        • SuperStrapper

          No offence, but a 50% markup on 750 would be 375.

          Regardless, yes I did ‘pull those figures out of the air’, but I’d bet a 100% markup or more is prevalent, to say the least. Across the entire industry.

          • Richard Baptist

            I stand corrected, 100% markup. So you’re saying I could get a technotime 5 day movement, case and hands and assembly for 750 dollars? I think, I’m going into the watch business.

          • SuperStrapper

            You may want to invest a little time in understanding the economies of scale.

          • Richard Baptist

            alright I know about economies of scale, you sound arrogant and condescending, let’s move on shall we?

          • SuperStrapper

            And the pot hath calleth the kettle black.

  • John Effing Zoidberg

    I was expecting delicious meat snack but only found tiny movement inside a porthole. Such disappoint!

  • Timestandsstill

    A handsome watch for sure and yes, overpriced considering GP has been beating this (admittedly good) movement to death for decades as well as supplying some other noteworthy marques with it too. But I do like the watch (although I’m more partial to their 1966 series).

  • You can buy a mint condition / fully restored 1960’s-era Gyromatic in 14k gold for less than $1500. That means for the price of this watch, you could buy a vintage GP PLUS a JLC Master Control Ultra Thin with the champagne dial PLUS still have enough left over for you and a date to enjoy the chef’s tasting menu at Per Se. Three nights in a row.

    Or a his and her set of Oyster Perpetual 39’s and one really raucous evening at Applebees.

  • Sevenmack

    If the actual watch is as lovely as the renders, it will be absolutely handsome. Whether it is $10,000 handsome is a different matter. A Seiko Cocktail Time would be lovelier at four perent of the GP’s price, while you can get an Oyster Perpetual or Grand Seiko for half the price.

  • Vince

    The watch itself is very nice but the price..

  • Aditya

    Lovely watch but why the lume?! The watch really could have been improved by removing the lume, not finishing the movement, sticking a metal case back ( the movement is nothing to look at in its current avatar) and retailing it for 3 grand less. At 10,000 USD, there are enough other watches, many in rose gold that I’d buy before.

    • Ned Saric

      Totally agree about the lume – not appropriate in a dress watch like this. And the price. But beautiful nonetheless.

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Happy Birthday Gerry-Perrey!
    Nice watch.

  • Yanko

    Wonderful watch. I agree with with Aditya, I would have deleted the lume. No need for it. Price a bit steep. Grand Seiko might be way better choice.

  • Yanko

    BTW, check out the new release by Certina – Certina DS-1 Powermatic 80 – Himalaya Special Edition.

    • Ulysses31

      That’s a nice model. Reminds me of the Mido Multifort three-hander.

  • okulus

    Nice looking watch but the pricing is all wrong. You can be into JLC Master for significantly less with a higher spec and better value retention.

    The pinnacle of the Gyromatics were the 5Hz HF Gyromatic watches which were available in steel and gold and which are available in the vintage market for significantly less than comparable Omega Constellations of the same era. (Just don’t find yourself having to have one repaired–GP’s tariff on that is huge.)