This is a very rare gents' Girard-Perregaux "Laureato" watch, first released in 1975 with G-P. S jewelled quartz movements 700 & 705.First presented in 1975, the Laureato is characteristic of the sporty steel watches of the 1970s with its octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet. At the time, the watch was quite revolutionary and broke with several established codes in the field of watch design shape, material, movement, etc.
The Laureato holds a special place amongst the Manufactures creations of the 1970s, a period of intense activity for Girard-Perregauxs R&D department. The Laureato was designed to celebrate its latest technological breakthrough, which culminated in a radical innovation and set an international standard: Girard-Perregaux established the frequency for quartz movements at 32,768 Hz.Girard Perregauxs quartz history is a rich and detailed and more suited for future discussion. In summary, during the 1960s GP was one of a few brands with its own Research and Development department. While most Swiss watchmakers were undertaking joint research by entrusting it to the Swiss watchmaking research laboratory (Laboratoire Suisse de Recherche Horlogère) and the watchmaking electronics centre (Centre Electronique Horloger), from 1962 the Manufacture struck out on its own. It was then almost inconceivable for a firm to conduct its research independently. However, Girard-Perregaux confirmed its desire to ensure that its procurement was not dependent on suppliers servicing the entire industry, and also that its products were not manufactured using a movement developed as an industry standard.
Was suggested by the Italian Girard-Perregaux representative of the time and is a tribute to the film classic Il Laureato (The Graduate) directed by Mike Nicholas and starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. It is no coincidence that this was the watch often given to young Italitians on graduation day. The crystal has no significant scratches, the dial and hands are unblemished, and the bezel is in good condition. The push-button bracelet clasp shuts securely. The stem sets the time but the arms do not move after this; the second hand works as expected (except that it does not forward the time).If you know how to fix this and you have the parts, this in an unbelievable deal! The 14k gold bezel is not just added onto the front of the watch : in fact it is part of a solid gold chassis inside, which weighs 17 grammes, making the watch feel nicely heavy (total weight 91 grams).. The gold areas of the bracelet are also slivers of solid 14k gold set into the steel. The unsigned crown also appears to be solid gold. It has two positions - position 1 allows quick reset of the date without stopping the watch ; position 2 has a "hack" to stop the seconds hand, enabling very accurate time setting. The case measures 34 mm wide without the crown, and 37 mm high. The bracelet measures about 19 cms (7 1/2 inches).
The quartz movement is G-P's own calibre 705 with 7 jewels, running at the 32,678 frequency which they established as the standard for quartz movements. It has a new battery. These watches are very rare now. The photos complete the description of this item. The item "GIRARD-PERREGAUX VINTAGE 1970s LAUREATO QUARTZ WATCH FOR PARTS OR REPAIR" is in sale since Friday, June 30, 2017.This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Wristwatches". The seller is "vintagetimepieces67" and is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This item can be shipped to United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russian federation, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion.