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from/my/collection: The Girard-Perregaux “Flying Saucer” 8772 W

Time to look at some more uncommon vintage Girard-Perregaux watches that are not often seen. Here is one fine example, the Ref. 8772 W in Yellow Gold Plated. “Flying Saucer” watches had some popularity in the mid/late 60s, although never really went mainstream. As such, although most manufacturers of the time had a design like this in the collection, you don’t really see them often nowadays nor are they really valued or popular anymore.

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What is typical of the “Flying Saucer” watch? Well, the case shape looking like a flying saucer, so a rather wide bezel, smaller dial and domed plexi. With that, the GP 8772 perfectly fits the bill. It’s a small watch with only 32mm and with the even smaller dial, it looks almost like a Ladies watch. Due to the small size, you find a manual wind movement inside. Lug size however are a surprisingly large 18mm underlining the futuristic look.

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Flying Saucer 8772 W and 8772 V

The gold-plating of the GP is not the most durable and has been applied with a sunburst brush on the bezel. I also have a steel 8772 with the same sunburst brush but a different dial. There was a very nice steel version with black dial and gold indexes as well. A cute little vintage GP from a bygone era.

 

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