“There was also a bulky gold wristwatch on a well-used brown crocodile strap. It was a Girard-Perregaux model designed for people who like gadgets, and it had a sweep second-hand and two little windows in the face to tell the day of the month, and the month, and the phase of the moon.” Ian Fleming: “From Russia with Love”.
Having started this post with a little quote of James Bond’s “From Russia with Love”, the mysterious Girard-Perregaux Triple Date Moon Phase watch in gold may or may not have existed. What definitely existed was Reference 6083, a Girard-Perregaux Triple Date from the 1950s.
Let’s have a closer look. There are a couple of things that immediately define this watch on a first look. First, there are the lovely applied black Breguet numerals, then the case with the stepped bezel and angled lugs. Finally, the date correction pushers that stand out from the case as it was typical in the 50s or earlier, almost giving it the look of a Chronograph.
This watch is still overlooked by the collecting community, perhaps because of its small size with 33 mm case. Imagine, this watch in 37-38 mm, it would be a super-hot item. On the other hand, I do not regret the 33 mm at all, I think it adds to the character and vintage feel.
And there is the movement. Caliber 44 AE is a A. Schild 1315 Caliber with bumper automatic. One of the more elegant and robust AS movements. It’s a triple date with small seconds function. Due to the size, the bumper is relatively small as well but is still felt on the wrist, not as hefty as maybe a Memovox bumper movement, but still very nice.
A final word on the case. While a 6083 is not that often seen, I did see probably close to a dozen over the last few years. What is very satisfying to see is that of all I have seen, none of them had been heavily exposed to a polishing wheel. Maybe it is the elegant and sharp case that demands respect and makes polishers hesitate or these watches have just been kept very well by their previous owners. Either way, always good to see a sharp vintage case.