1940s Girard-Perregaux Bumper Automatic

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The Reference

Girard-Perregaux proudly boasts a founding date of 1791 in advertisements and all over their website today. The version of GP that is being traced back to comes a bit before Girard or Perregaux but rather to a watchmaker by the name of Bautte who came first. Jean-Francois Bautte is credited with practicing as one of the world’s best jewelers, founding the most complete watch manufacturer of the time, and having a hand in developing the world’s first ultra-thin watch movement. Separate from the Bautte’s (now run by his descendants), but in the Swiss region, a watchmaker called Constant Girard formed Girard & Cie in 1852. Four years later Girard married Marie Perregaux—you might be able to guess the rest. In 1906, Jean-Francoise Bautte & Cie Company joined forces with Girard Perregaux, bought a large building in La Chaux-de-Fonds, where it still operates today, and became, for good, Girard-Perregaux.

Through the name changes and confusion, one constant (other than Constant Girard) has remained. The brand built its reputation on cutting-edge horological innovation. Starting with that first ultra-thin movement, many patents are attributed to the GP brand including heavy work on early Tourbillions. A spirit of innovation has served as a throughline of the Girard-Perregaux catalog, both technically and in design, in its history and still today.


The Case

The 32mm stainless steel case is in good condition. Unlike the very similar Sea Scout and Sea Hawk models of the same era, this watch features a traditional 1 piece case with screw down case back which makes accessing the movement much easier. The crown is a replacement item.


The Dial and Hands

The dial and hands are in good condition and presents as very original. It features military WWII style numerals over a silver-tone background with old luminous material. The hands are original as well and the lume matches the numerals nicely..There is some darker patina around the edge of the small second’s sub dial but otherwise, there are no major faults. The hour markers, hands, and numerals are in gold which adds a nice contrast to the steel case. With no examples to compare to it is unknown if the hands are correct but the style is correct for the era from GP.


The Movement

This watch features an automatic Girard-Perregaux calibre 89 (AS 1171) bumper movement. The watch is running well and was just serviced by a NYC watch maker.


Seller Watchonaire
Auction Number 413
Location New York City
Brand Girard-Perregaux
Model N/A
Reference Number 7163
Movement Automatic, GP Cal. 89 Bumper
Year 1940s
Dial Silver
Case Width 32mm
Case Material Stainless Steel
Band Material Leather Strap
Clasp Type Buckle
Original Box No
Original Papers No
Seller Type Dealer

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