Girard Perregaux Gyromatic Watches
Girard Perregaux Gyromatic Watches are a style of watch manufactured by the Swiss maker Girard-Perregaux.
History & Description
In 1852, watchmaker Constant Girard established the Girard & Cie Firm in the Swiss town of La Chaux-de-Fond. The Girard-Perregaux watchmaking company was formed 1856 when Constant Girard married Marie Perregaux and, in 1906, the company merged with the prestigious Bautte House, which had been making watches since 1791 and was the originator of over 170 patents on watchmaking equipment.
Released in the early-1950s, Gyromatic watches were mid-range products that were very popular with travellers. They were self-winding watches and came in a variety of stainless steel, silver and gold cases. One of the most significant models was the Gyromatic HF, which was made in 1965 and had a balancer that beat at 36,000 vibrations per hour.
Guide for collectors
One of the most popular styles of Gyromatic watches was the Sea Hawk, which was produced from the 1940s through to the early-2000s. These watches were favoured by soldiers due to their ability to withstand harsh conditions. Collectors should look out examples with personal mementos, such as dated inscriptions on the timepiece’s back.
Notable auction sales
On January 23rd 2012 at Fellows & Sons in Birmingham, West Midlands, an 18K gold gentleman’s watch with silvered dial realised a price of £1,500.
On April 16th 2012 at Fellows & Sons, an 18K gold gentleman’s watch with silvered dial realised a price of £580.
On July 9th 2011 at Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles in Los Angeles, California, a 14K yellow gold watch realised a price of $857.
On November 30th 2011 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, a watch with two segments that contain a green-diamond shaped stone on a bed of embedded gold nuggets realised a price of $500.