Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic Deep Diver

Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic Deep Diver

Why We Love It

Girard-Perregaux is a brand often overlooked, despite the fact that the Swiss brand has a rich history in the horological world.

And we think thats a shame, because GP has been making some cool stuff for a very long time.

At 35mm, this Gyromatic wears thin and elegantly for a sport inspired timepiece. The matte black quadrant dial shows rich, even patination; its stylized handset filled with dark lume which perfectly match the painted indiciesHaving faded to a light grey, the rotating timing bezel is reminiscent of so many quirky contract divers of the 1960s and 1970s.

With just a glance at the dial, its plain to see that this watch shows all of the character of its nearly 60 years of adventure.

The only question is, what adventures might you take it on next?

The Story

Girard-Perregaux first applied the name “Gyromatic” to self-winding movements in 1957. These movements beat at the standard 18,000 bph (beats per hour). But as with anything, there was room for improvement, so in launching the Gyromatic line, that’s exactly what Girard-Perregaux set out to do. 

While Girard-Perregaux’s first automatic watches used base movements made by A. Schild (and, later, Peseux), Girard-Perregaux was dissatisfied with their performance. So they developed a winding module, called the Gyromatic, which was then added to a blank manually-wound movement. The Gyromatic employed two “Gyrotron” wheels, which made the watch wind smoothly; additionally, each wheel had seven rubies on it to protect the movement from unnecessary wear. 

Although Girard-Perregaux would go on to develop a hi-beat version of the Gyromatic in the late 1960s, early Gyromatics like this one are still excellent examples of self-winding technology—which was still in its infancy at this point. 

Indeed, horological historians view these early Gyromatic movements as some of the most important ever produced.  



SKU: AS03395

Stainless Steel Case is approximately 35mm (excluding crown). Calibre 17J automatic winding movement. Circa 1960s.

Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall with normal signs of wear. Matte-black quadrant dial in great condition. Luminous elements on dial and hands have aged to a dark even patina. Unsigned crown

Includes Joseph Bonnie perforated rubber strap.

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