Here is a beautiful, black-faced 17 Jewel watch coming to us from Girard-Perregaux. While the face has been re-done, the movement looks to be in great shape and http://www.mrjack.co.uk/hublot-watches-uk.html it is a beautiful old watch for a very reasonable price. We love black on black, and we love GP here at Hodinkee. We also like that this watch is not being sold in auction format despite it being offered on eBay. Take a look by clicking here.
1940’s GP Chronograph in 14K Gold
From the dealer, this is a:
Gent’s Girard-Perregaux 14k Solid Yellow Gold 3-register Chronograph Vintage Watch.3-register 30 minute recorder Chronograph, light tan dial, Painted numerals black hands, Solid gold case with gold back, Mechanical hand wind movement. 1940’s model, excellent condition.
This truly is a very cool watch, we absolutely love what looks to be a large gold case. This watch is listed for just under $7,000 and considering the high mark (GP), the fact that it’s 14K gold, and the fact that it is 70+ years old, we think that is a fair place to begin negotiation for it. Take a look.
1967 Gyromatic Girard-Perregaux
Here is a very cool Girard Perregaux from 1967. It is a Gyromatic and is in excellent condition. It is also very reasonably priced at $1495, so this might make an excellent entry-point into vintage watches. What we don t love is the Eddie Bauer strap they threw on it.
Girard-Perregaux BMW-Oracle WW.TC Hours World Chrono Ti
Coming from the Luxury Bazaar s eBay store, this Girard-Perregaux BMW-Oracle WW.TC Hours World Chrono Ti, is one watch Hodinkee has always loved. This watch is brand new replica panerai Radiomir with all original everything and is listed for approximately $4000 under what you d be paying at the likes of a brick and mortar store. We love the colors on the face and we ve always been suckers for world-timers, but even still, this GP is sure to be a classic some day. Click the pic for the auction link.
Hands-On With The Arnold & Son CTB, The World’s First Dead-Beat Seconds And Chronograph Wristwatch
Arnold & Son has been doing some really impressive stuff the past few years. Stuff like this, this, and this. Just today we got to go hands-on with one of our favorite pieces from the 2014 Basel World collection, a chronograph called the Instrument CTB (first seen here). So what you have is a traditional-looking, two-button chronograph with hours and minutes, but you also have a sweeping chronograph hand, PLUS constant dead-beat seconds display. This thing is cool.
First things first, this is NOT a rattrapante (split-seconds) chronograph. It can certainly look like one, what with the whole double seconds hand thing going on. It’s just not. Now that that’s out of the way, we can tell you what it is. You see that seconds hand with the open tail? That’s a dead-beat running seconds hand. Dead-beat (or “true-beat”) is essentially a ticking seconds hand. If you don’t follow, have a look at this Habring2 review here to see one in action. Dead-beat seconds is a complication with historical roots in medicine and precision time-telling. The ticking nature allows for more precise time-setting, and reading. On the CTB, that seconds hand is ticking at all times.
But when you activate the chronograph, the other seconds hand (with the full tail) begins to move. But this chronograph hand sweeps, instead of ticks. So while the chrono is running, you have the running seconds jumping, and the chrono seconds sweeping along after it. The look is simply gorgeous. The counter 6 o’clock is a 60 minute chronograph counter.
What makes this double-chronograph action possible is Arnold & Son’s in-house caliber A&S7103, which beats at 28,800 vph, and features a column-wheel layout, ceramic ball bearings and a power reserve of 50 hours. The bridges are hand-chamfered and edge hand-polished. There is nice circular graining and Cotes de Geneve.
All screws are beveled with mirror-polished heads, while the rotor is skeletonized and brushed. All in all, it’s a very impressive and nice looking self-winding movement.
The case and dial of the CTB are also really lovely, with nice mirror polished lugs, and a beautiful granular dial, that from afar, is a little Patek Philippe 5235G-ish. Not a bad thing, and I happen to really like the look of this watch a lot. The CTB comes in at 44 mm, which of course, is just a little too large replica Audemars Piguet uk for my liking. It is nice on the wrist, yes, but it could’ve been 2 mm smaller and I don’t think anyone would’ve complained, where as I am sure those extra 2 mm will prevent a lot of purists from considering it who otherwise would have.
Still, the Arnold & Son Instrument CTB is a fantastic watch from an upstart company with a tremendous amount of potential. The retail price of this piece in stainless steel is $27,750, which for what you’re getting here, is really quite impressive. Everything about this watch is in-house, and it looks fantastic. The CTB is also offered in rose gold and you can see more here.