Last week we had the honour of a first guest review of the Girard-Perregaux Damier by Baron, now it is time for a quick follow-up. There have been a few different versions and different sizes of the Damierso we should have a closer look.
We start with the classic, possibly the original Damier, Ref 7427. It has a manual wind movement and a time-only set-up. Not even a seconds hand makes this version the most simplistic. The brand name is in the lower right corner. The thing that becomes very obvious on the side-by-side photo are the differences of the lugs. On the 7427, the lugs are the longest and with an 18mm width.
Moving on the Ref. 8631 W. Gold-plated case, again manual wind movement, but with some significant differences. At 3 we now have a date window and the brand name is balanced by putting it at 9 o’clock. We now also have a seconds hand added. The lugs are already shorter and now 19mm apart.
Finally, we come to the Gyromatic version of the Damier, Ref. 7838 F. The Gyromatic movement is quite a bit thicker than the manual movement hence the case is thicker, but also more curved. Due to that, the lugs are now quite short and even further apart at 20mm. The Dial layout is pretty much the same as on the 8631. A super-cool watch regardless what version, but having all three is of course the best solution.