hands/on: Girard-Perregaux 1966 Perpetual Calendar 49547

Some time ago we looked in detail at the new Laureato Perpetual Calendar and now we take a closer look at its 1966 sibling. Released a couple of years before, the 1966 Perpetual Calendar is a follow on development from 1966 Annual Calendar Equation of Time.

You may look back here at the hands/on review of the Laureato Perpetual Calendar:

news: Girard-Perregaux Laureato Perpetual Calendar, Ref 81035

Let’s take a look at the 1966 Perpetual Calendar:

The asymmetric dial layout is well-known with a rotating month disc and a small date counter. This set-up provides for a quick backwards and forwards adjustment of the date without the need of using pin pushers or to follow a special sequence of settings.

It is a very practical way if you set the watch once, wear it a few days and then let it rest for a few weeks in the box while enjoying other watches from your collection. When you then pick up the 1966 Perpetual Calendar again, you only need to advance the date via the crown for the weeks passed, which literally is done within a few seconds.

You only need one correction pusher for the Day of the Week for which a proper pusher at 8 is provided. When putting it side-by-side with the Annual Calendar EoT, obviously the EoT function has been dropped while a leap year indicator has been added. More importantly though, the Perpetual Calendar comes with a central second hand rather than a small seconds. I would have preferred it without the central running seconds.

the Annual Calendar Equation of Time in comparison

The 1966 Perpetual Calendar was only available in pink gold and white dial, I would have loved to see a white gold or a grey sunburst dial as was available with the EoT. What also surprises is that the 1966 Perpetual Calendar was only in the collection for around 2 years. I guess we will have to wait and see how GP is going to refresh the collection and if we will see a new version of a perpetual calendar within its dress watch line. For now at least this complication lives on in the Laureato collection.


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