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from/my/collection: Girard-Perregaux Chronometer HF, Ref. 8888 W

It is time again to go back to the late 1960s and the time when High Frequency watches were state of the art. Most Girard-Perregaux Chronometer HFs came in the C-shaped case, but not all of them. At that time, it was also popular to put round dials into square cases, and here we have a prime example, Reference 8888 W.

hf8888csmall on paper but big on the wrist, 30mm x 30mm is a good size for a square watch

Measuring 30mm x 30mm and dial diameter of 27mm may appear small on paper, but is actually a good size for a square watch as diagonally it measures (get out your Pythagoras) 42mm. In addition, while the case is slightly curved with a brushed finishing on top, the dial is accentuated by a domed plexi. The lugs are quite wide with 20mm, but this watch requires a tapered strap, ideally to 14mm buckle size, otherwise the strap may overpower the watch.

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the domed plexi adds a lot of character

Reference 8888 is also a very lucky number in Asia, representing fortune and prosperity and this watch can give quadruple prosperity. However, what’s much more important to me is the dial on my version. There are silver dials in different designs, but this gloss black dial with the Roman numerals is something else. It comes with a nice detail balancing off the date window at 3 with the “GP” Logo placed at 9.

Being a Chronometer HF as written on the dial, it houses a Caliber 42.1. Beating at 5 Hz or 36000 vph, it provides for a very smooth sweep seconds hand and when put on the ear there is no tic – tac – tic, but a frantic ticticitictictic. Another vintage gem from the golden era of Girard-Perregaux.

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lovely detail with the GP Logo at 9
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