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Girard-Perregaux 1966 Column-Wheel Rose Gold Chronograph

Front of Girard-Perregaux 1966 Column-Wheel dress watch

Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 Column-Wheel Chronograph, powered by the brand’s recently introduced in-house Caliber GP03800. The watch itself has a refined, elegant look.

The case, made of rose gold, combines angular and rounded shapes. It has several interesting details like the small, flat crown, the contrasting tachymeter track, various dial levels and a long counterweight on the chronograph seconds hand.
Side of Girard-Perregaux 1966 Column-Wheel dress watchGirard-Perregaux’s 1966 Column-Wheel Chronograph is very comfortable to wear. At 89 grams it is extremely light- weight for a gold model and is quite thin, it is a thin watch. The watch hugs the wrist with its curved caseback and thin, flexible leather strap and ergonomically shaped clasp.

The watch is somewhat hard to read. The polished rose-gold hands and markers are difficult to distinguish from the light-colored dial. The thin chronograph seconds hand is especially hard to make out. Add to this the fact that the numerals on the tachymeter track and subdials are very small and that the date ring is set so deep that the opening often leaves it in shadow. It might be a mistake to rely on this watch in critical timing situations.Side of Girard-Perregaux 1966 Column-Wheel dress watch 03
The user will need some patience operating the chronograph: the pushers need to be pressed with some resolve. The flat, snug crown is surprisingly easy to use and can be pulled out easily with the help of a fingernail. Its deep grooves make it simple to grasp and turn. A quick-date adjustment in the first pulled crown position is another user-friendly featurSide of Girard-Perregaux 1966 Column-Wheel dress watch 02A glance through the sapphire crystal at the beautifully decorated movement provides ample compensation for its drawbacks. Because the GP03800 has a column wheel, horizontal clutch and slim bridges, the action of the chronograph is visible when the chrono buttons are pushed.Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 Column-Wheel Chronograph is a dress watch for business man.