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Girard-Perregaux 1966: A Classic Look for a Timeless Collection

The 1960s was a decade filled with historical events. The race to the moon between America and the Soviet Union was in full swing. The first episode of the BBC’s Doctor Who premiered. The rise of prime-time shows shot in technicolor in the United States, and, of course, Girard-Perregaux launched its 1966 collection.

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection was the first of its kind to feature a movement that beat at 10 beats per second or 36,000 times an hour. This high-frequency movement allowed the timepiece to provide extraordinary accuracy in timekeeping. Thanks to its contribution to horological innovations, the brand received the Neuchâtel Observatory Centenary Prize, the same year as the launch of the 1966 collection.

Today, the modern range of timepieces in this collection pays homage to the original by incorporating the manufacturer's relentless commitment to timekeeping innovation. On top of functionality, the truly timeless design of these Girard-Perregaux watches exudes nothing but elegance and sophistication. Regardless if you choose models housed in gold or steel cases, straightforward automatic watches, or those with high complication functions, you are guaranteed a refined and charming timepiece.

Prices at a Glance: Most Popular Best Girard-Perregaux 1966 Watches 

Model

Price (Approx.)

Size

Features

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Ref. 49555-11-433-BH6A

$8,900 USD

40mm

  • DLC coated steel case
  • Sapphire crystal caseback
  • Blue sunray dial 
  • Date window
  • 30m water resistance 
  • Self-winding mechanical movement
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Ref. 49555-11-131-BB60

$8,300 USD

40mm

  • Stainless steel case
  • Silver opaline dial
  • Centre seconds
  • Date window
  • 46-hour power reserve
  • Self-winding mechanical movement 
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Ref. 49555D11A1A1-BB60

$10,800 USD

40mm

  • Stainless steel case 
  • Diamond-set bezel
  • Silver opaline dial 
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Ref. 49555-11-131-11A

$9,000 USD

40mm

  • Polished stainless steel case
  • Silver opaline dial 
  • Date window
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Ref. 49545D11A1A1-BB60

$12,000 USD


 

40mm

  • Stainless steel case 
  • Diamond-set bezel
  • Silver opaline dial 
  • Moon phase indicator 
  • Centre seconds
  • Date window 
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Ref. 49528D52A131-CB6A

$20,600 USD


 

30mm

  • 18K rose gold case 
  • Diamond-set bezel with 60 brilliant-cut gems
  • Mother-of-Pearl silver flinqué dial
  • Self-winding movement 
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Ref. 49555-52-431-BB4A

$18,700 USD


 

40mm

  • 18K rose gold case
  • Blue aventurine dial
  • Self-winding mechanical movement 
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Ref. 49557-52-131-BB6C

$26,300 USD

40mm

  • 18K rose gold case
  • Silver opaline dial
  • 18K rose gold case
  • 24-hour time-zone ring 
  • Small seconds subdial 
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Ref. 49543-52-131-BKBA

$18,400 USD

41mm

  • 18K rose gold case 
  • Silver opaline dial 
  • Small printed minute tracks 
  • Small seconds subdial 
  • Date window 
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Ref. 49535D11A131-BB60

$13,900

40mm

  • Stainless steel case
  • Diamond-set bezel  
  • Day and month display
  • Moon phase indicator 
  • Fine printed centre seconds


 

How much does a Girard-Perregaux 1966 watch cost? 

Depending on the model and its features, a brand new Girard-Perregaux 1966 watch costs between $8,300 USD and $40,200 USD. With that large of a price range, you can select from a wide range of timepieces that suit your needs. This collection features different mechanisms and complications — from the standard automatic models to those with moon phase indicators, full calendar function, and time zone functions.

Prices for the Girard-Perregaux 1966 HMS Models

One of the most coveted and admittedly expensive models is the Girard-Perregaux 1966 49525D52A1A1-52A. This timepiece comes in an 18K rose gold case with a fixed diamond-set bezel on an 18K rose gold bracelet. The silver dial also features diamond hour markers, alongside the standard gold-plated stick hour markers. The feuille-style hour and minute hands also come in rose gold, while the seconds hand is painted in a vibrant blue tone.

There’s a discreet date display window at the 3 o’clock position, small enough not to take away from the simplicity of the watch but large enough to remain functional. Powering this Girard-Perregaux watch is the caliber GP03300, a self-winding mechanical movement that has a frequency of 4 Hz and has a power reserve of approximately 46 hours. The price tag for this watch is around $40,200 USD.

Meanwhile, for those who may not want that level of extravagance, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 49525-52-131-BK6A comes in a similar 18K rose gold case and bezel, sans the diamonds. Its silver opaline dial features rose gold-tone hour and minute hands with a blue-toned seconds hand. The index hour markers are also gold-toned. At the 3 o’clock position lays a date display window. This 38mm Girard-Perregaux watch will set you back around only $17,700 USD.

Meanwhile, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 49555-11-131-BB60 has a significantly more accessible price point. Priced at $8,300 USD, this timepiece comes in a 40mm stainless steel case and fixed bezel on a black alligator-skin strap. This Girard-Perregaux 1966 steel timepiece features a silver opaline dial with silver-toned hands and hour markers. There are also fine printed minute markers along the edge of the dial.

If you’re tired of the traditional white or silver dials of classic timepieces, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 49555-11-433-BH6A model may just be your next purchase. This limited-edition Girard-Perregaux watch comes in a steel case with diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating and features an eye-catching smokey blue dial. This contemporary reiteration of a classic dress watch borrows inspiration from the odyssey from earth to sky. And while this model certainly doesn’t look like the watches from the 1960s, it still retains charms that cement itself as a timeless model. The brand manufactured only 149 pieces of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 49555-11-433-BH6A. This modern yet classic watch comes with a Girard-Perregaux 1966 price tag of $8,900 USD.

Prices for the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Moon Phase Series

Paying homage to the spirit of timepieces from the 1960s, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 49524D52A751-CK6A is a timepiece that radiates nothing but elegance. What’s more, this 38mm watch marries the technical advances in chronometry and a sophisticated design. Priced at $29,200, this timepiece comes in a polished 18K rose gold case with a diamond-set bezel with 54 precious gems. The mother-of-pearl dial also features eight diamond hour markings alongside four traditional rose gold hour markers. At the lower portion of the main dial is a moon phase indicator, with a small seconds along the outer perimeter of it.

Prices for the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar Watches

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar 49535D11A131-BB60 timepiece is the quintessential dress watch for those who want something simple yet advanced enough than the classic HMS watch. Housed in a stainless steel case, the 49535D11A131-BB60 measures around 40mm in diameter, a perfect midsize watch. This Girard-Perregaux 1966 steel timepiece also comes with a diamond-studded bezel on a black alligator strap with a steel pin buckle. Below the 12 o’clock position are two separate windows for the day and month display. Meanwhile, opposite to this, above the 6 o’clock position, is the moon phase indicator. This Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar watch will set you back around $13,900 USD.

Prices for the Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC Models

Released in 2017, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 line of WW.TC watches are the more modest yet dressier reiteration of the standard WW.TC range of timepieces from the brand. One of the most popular models in this line is the Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC 49557-11-132-11A. Encased in a polished stainless steel case with a steel bracelet, this timepiece features a silver opaline dial. It features a subdial above the 6 o’clock position for the small seconds with a blued steel hand.

This Girard-Perregaux 1966 steel watch comes with a split white/dark gray for the 24-hour time-zone ring. The white portion represents morning, while the dark one represents evening. After setting the local time using the crown on the 3 o’clock position, you can adjust the city ring on the dial perimeter by the crown on the 9 o’clock position. From here, simply rotate the 24-hour display to ensure that all 24 time zones remain coordinated. This WW.TC watch is impressively one of the most user-friendly Girard-Perregaux world-time watches. This Girard-Perregaux 1966 steel watch is simple, yet functional that’s perfect for frequent travelers or those who interact with people in different time zones.

Latest Girard-Perregaux 1966 Models: What’s New?

1. Girard-Perregaux 1966 Orion Trilogy 

In early 2020, the brand unveiled the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Orion Trilogy. This trio of timepieces features aventurine dials that invoke a sky full of stars, meant to represent Orion’s Belt. The watches come in ultra-slim forms and feature automatic time-and-date functions. A truly straightforward yet charming set of dress watches. Two out of the three timepieces in this set feature stainless steel materials, with one of them having a black DLC-coated case. Meanwhile, the third one comes in an 18K rose gold case. All three versions come with leather straps with pin buckles that match the case material. 

Ticking away inside these watches is the Girard-Perregaux in-house caliber GP03300-0139, which can be admired through the sapphire crystal on the case back, although for the DLC-coated steel model, the case back is a smoky sapphire crystal. This in-house movement has a power reserve of 46 hours and runs on a frequency of 4 Hz.

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Orion Trilogy steel version has a price of $9,100 USD, while the DLC-coated steel model will set you back $9,900 USD. Lastly, the rose gold reiteration costs $18,700 USD.

2. Girard-Perregaux 1966 Infinity Edition

Onyx is the new black. And the Girard-Perregaux Infinity Edition certainly proves this. Around mid-2020, the brand released versions of its 1966 collection dressed in pure black onyx. Capturing the elegance of black-tie soirees, the limited 1966 Infinity Edition watches are available in two sizes, a 30mm edition for women and a 40mm version for men. Both of which are housed in stainless steel cases.

Their rounded onyx dials feature feuille-style hands with alternating baton-style and painted hour markers. Instead of the traditional hour marker at the 12 o’clock position, the brand opted to use a rose gold GP to further give these watches a more elegant look.

The 40mm Girard-Perregaux Infinity Edition watches come in two versions, one with a calf leather strap and an alligator-skin strap. They also feature a date display window at the 3 o’clock position. There are only 188 pieces of these timepieces available in the market. Meanwhile, the 30mm Infinity Edition is adorned with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel. And has an even more limited amount of pieces, with the brand producing only 88 of them.

If you want to get your hands on a Girard-Perregaux watch in the Infinity Edition line, it will cost you around $10,300 USD for the men’s version. Meanwhile, the Girard-Perregaux watch for ladies will set you back approximately $12,200 USD.

3. Girard-Perregaux 1966 East to West 

To commemorate the 160th anniversary of the brand’s close ties with Japan, Girard-Perregaux released the 1966 East to West special edition timepiece. In collaboration with Darren Romanelli, also known as DRx, a renowned streetwear designer, this limited edition 1966 watch exudes duality by incorporating both Eastern and Western influences. 

On top of that, despite being part of the classical range of timepieces of the brand, this watch also offers an incredibly contemporary look thanks to the trademark branding of DRx. By merging traditional with modern designs, we are left with a timepiece that radiates elegance and duality.

Unveiled in December 2020, this timepiece features a black steel DLC case and an onyx dial. You can also see the DRx logo on the dial, which is applied using a metallization process. Thus, giving is a glossy black appearance that radiates demure sophistication. DRx’s signature logo, a pair of scissors, is also featured on the dial. Ticking away inside this 40mm Girard-Perregaux watch is the caliber GP3300, which you can see through the smoky sapphire crystal DRx decal. Limited to only 18 pieces, the 1966 East to West watch costs about $11,900 USD.

History Behind the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Collection

As one of the oldest watchmaking manufacturers that’s still in operation today, Girard-Perregaux has established itself as a frontrunner in the horological industry. Since its founding in 1791, the brand has released exceptional timepieces that marry both aesthetics and functionality. GP was one of the first watchmaking manufacturers to have its own research and development team back in the 1960s.

In 1966, the watch company launched the first high-frequency movement, which ran at 10 beats per second or 36,000 times an hour. The Neuchâtel Observatory recognized this groundbreaking innovation in 1967, as the Swiss watch manufacturer was rewarded with the Neuchâtel Observatory Centenary Prize.

Nowadays, the modern Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection lives on by incorporating this aggressively accurate movement in sophisticated dress watches with extra-thin cases. This family of watches comes in several varieties, with the most iconic and undoubtedly most recognizable are the ones that feature the traditional Girard-Perregaux design. This includes a clean dial, a gold case, and a blue seconds hand. All of which are truly timeless and understated.

However, this collection also features watches with more complications and visual flair. There are also 1966 watches that feature a moon phase indicator and full calendar complications. The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar timepieces, which were introduced in 2012, come with a day and date display, month, and moon phase indicator. However, despite having four complications it still retains a rather subtle and demure aesthetic that makes it perfect for any formal occasion. There’s also the Girard-Perregaux world time model, perfect for frequent travelers or those who interact with people in different timezones.

Then there’s the Girard-Perregaux 1966 chronograph. Admittedly, not everyone can appreciate a good chronograph watch due to the fact that it may be difficult to read if you’re not accustomed to it. However, the brand managed to keep the dials of its Girard-Perregaux 1966 chronograph timepieces clean and eligible. This is thanks to the use of twin subdials instead of the traditional three subdials. There is also a tachymeter scale integrated on the inner perimeter of the dial and a date display window above the 6 o’clock hour position. 

5 Reasons to Buy a Girard-Perregaux 1966 Watch

Admittedly, The Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection isn’t the brand's most popular line of watches. However, this doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a strong following among watch enthusiasts and collectors. Unsurprisingly, GP is one of the most renowned Swiss watch manufacturers in the world with its history dating back to the 18th century. With over 200 years of experience under its belt, you can guarantee that when you purchase a Girard-Perregaux watch, you are investing in high-quality timepieces. If you’re still on the fence, here are a few more reasons why you should buy a Girard-Perregaux 1966 watch.

1. The 1996 collection features the best dress watches with refined and understated designs that emulate nothing but luxury and sophistication.

2. The in-house Girard-Perregaux caliber GP03300 powers most of the 1966 watches. There are also versions of these timepieces that feature more complex mechanisms, however, the movement powering them is still based on the caliber GP03300. This in-house automatic movement features a meticulously stretched plate and bridges with a Côtes de Genève pattern. The caliber GP03300 also features blued steel screws and gilded engravers, which can be seen through the sapphire crystal back of 1996 watches.

3. If you want more out of your watch, you will be glad to know that the Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection consists of watches with different complications. These include moon phase indicators, chronographs, full calendars, and the Girard-Perregaux world time models. 

4. For years, the 1966 collection only came in precious materials, such as palladium, pink gold, and white gold. However, the brand introduced Girard-Perregaux 1966 steel editions to reach a broader market. So, regardless if you want the luxury of gold or the robust strength of steel, you still get a truly gorgeous and timeless dress watch.

5. This Swiss manufacturer has received many awards over the years. This includes 70% of all chronometer certificates issued by the Neuchatel Observatory in 1967.

Famous Patrons of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Collection  

Quentin Tarantino

Movie buffs are surely familiar with the works of world-renowned director and writer Quentin Tarantino. Known for being the brains behind some of the best movies in this century, Tarantino is also a fan of Girard-Perregaux watches. During the 5th annual Festival Lumière in 2013, the filmmaker was photographed wearing the 42mm Girard-Perregaux 1966 Annual Calendar and Equation of Time

Markus Klinko

This famous photographer, alongside his partner Indrani, worked with the brand to reinterpret ten of the brand’s most iconic watches. However, Markus Klinko was also seen wearing the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater during an event in New York City.

Nicolas Sarkozy

It’s not only iconic filmmakers and renowned photographers that are fans of this timeless collection. Even former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy was spotted wearing a watch from this line. Known for his grandiose watch collection, including pieces from Rolex and Patek Philippe, Sarkozy wore watches from the 1966 collection on numerous occasions. Similar to Tarantino, the former president also was a fan of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Annual Calendar and Equation of Time, but in palladium. 

Girard-Perregaux 1966: Watches with Simple Designs Yet Complex Functions

By embracing modernity, Girard-Perregaux has managed to create a collection of the best dress watches that boast simplicity in design and incredibly complex functions. Unmatched by other watch manufacturers, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection offers high-frequency mechanical movements that ensure its wearer precision and accuracy. Moreover, thanks to 230 years of experience in the industry, the brand established a level of confidence in watchmaking that only years of experience can bring. So, if you want a perfect elegant everyday dress watch that meets the highest standards of quality, a Girard-Perregaux 1966 watch is the one for you.

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