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An Iconic Watch- The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Steel

Side of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Steel watch

As an iconic watch,The 1966 steel defines the DNA of Girard-Perregaux. This dress watch was only available in gold or platinum.The Girard-Perregaux 1966 is now offered in Stainless Steel.

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Steel remains a 1966. The case keeps its actual shape, with a central part round and curved to the caseback – creating a slim and elegant profile – a beveled bezel, short and curved lugs – that allow for a great comfort on the wrist and a visually smaller diameter on the wrist – and the same signed and notched crown. However, the diameter is slightly different from any other Girard-Perregaux 1966. Previously, you could choose between the 38mm case or the 41mm case – and it’s not just about a change of diameter but it also implies a different movement, larger on the 41mm. This Girard-Perregaux watch measures an intermediate size, at 40mm, which we consider as a reasonable and modern choice.   Front of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Steel watchContinuing in the details, let’s have a look at the dial. Again, the overall design remains familiar, with the same leaf hands. The silvery color of the dial is also very classical. It’s elegant, discreet and will be easy to match with any kind of attire. What changes however are the indexes and the minute track. Previously, the 1966 featured long and thin indexes but no minute track. This sleek design of the dial was clearly participating to the elegance and discretion of the 1966. Turning into a more versatile and sporty material, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Steel also updates its indexes for something a bit more casual: facetted and straight applied indexes every 5 minutes and tiny black dots to create a minute track. Same overall design, different taste.Side of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Steel watch 02
Under the hood ticks the same in-house movement than the rest of the 3-hands 1966, the GP03300-0030. One main difference compared to the gold editions: the rotor is not in gold anymore but rhodium plated. Thus, we found back the same positive points: a nicely finished movement , an efficient automatic winding, a flat design. However, this also means the same issue as the other 1966 watches: a too small diameter for the case. This movement boasts 46 hours of power reserve and displays the hours, minutes and seconds on the central axis, as well as a date in a window at 3.Side of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Steel watch 03The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Steel is, like the rest of the collection, an attractive watch and the new material doesn’t change the qualities of the movement and of the overall design, that feels however a bit more casual here.