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Girard-Perregaux Valjoux 72 Chronograph
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The Valjoux 72 is the most well-known, manual-wind chronograph in the history of movements. Predominantly, because of the 4-digit reference Daytona models as these watches are powered by a Valjoux-based movement. We can find the origins of the Valjoux 72 in the base caliber Valjoux 22, which was introduced in 1914. In 1938, the Valjoux 72 appeared on the market. This movement provided the watch industry with the chronograph appearance as we know it today; three sub dials - one 30-minute counter, one 12-hour counter, one second counter - and two chronograph pushers. Many brands, among others, Rolex, Heuer, Eterna and Girard-Perregaux, have used this movement for their chronographs.The watch we can present you is a stunning Girard-Perregaux chronograph dating back to the '60s with a Valjoux 72 movement. What we love about this steel wrist watch is that it feels and looks like a mini tank. It barely measures 35mm in diameter but has a compact, thick case with a minimalistic, industrial design. Therefore, it looks robust and maintains very good presence on the wrist. The silver dial, which is protected by a plexi crystal, has Arabic numerals with tritium insert. A cool detail are the blued-steel hands (central hands, second hand and sub-dial hands) that match perfectly with the blue tachymetric scale. The watch has a screwdown-caseback and pushers, so was made to be waterproof.
The foundation of Girard-Perregaux was laid in the year 1791 when watchmaker and goldsmith Jean-Francois Bautte created his first watches in La-Chaux de Fonds, Geneva. With Constant Girard, ‘Girard & Cie’ was founded in the year 1852. When Girard married Marie Perregaux four years later Girard-Perregaux was born and they started making prestigious mechanical watches.
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