By the 1960s, GP introduced the Gyromatic in a high frequency version (5hz/ 36,000 mph), up from the earlier (2.5Hz/18,000 vph and 3Hz/21,600 vph) models. This year, watch brand Girard-Perregaux introduced the Heritage 1957, that has neither the Gyromatic winding system nor the high-frequency movement. What is does share with the Gyromatic, however, is a similar aesthetic. Girard-Perregaux’s Gyromatic timepiece came out in 1957 and offered improved automatic winding by way of a two Gyroton wheels, with 7 jewels each to reduce friction. The result, at the time, was faster and more reliable winding.
Vintage 1960s Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic
At 40 mm x 9.45 mm, and in a steel case no less, the Heritage 1957 pays homage to the company’s rich past and will surely please purists. The dial has a beautiful champagne color with a sunburst effect, punctuated with polished and applied steel hour markers. Dauphine-shaped polished, luminescent steel hands indicate the hours and minutes, along with a baton-shaped central seconds hand. A standard date window, with a white wheel, sits at 3 o’clock.
The movement is automatic caliber GP 03300-0130, which runs at 4Hz, consists of 218 components, 27 jewels, and has a 46-hour power reserve. A sapphire glass offers of view of the movement, which includes straight Geneva stripes on the bridges, circular Geneva strips on the rotor, bevelled edges, and circular graining on the mainplate.
Water-resistance is 30 meters. (Ref. 41957-11-131-BB6A) The retail price is approximately $10,000.