In 1791, watchmaker and goldsmith Jean-François Bautte signed his first watches. He created a manufacturing company in Geneva, grouping for the first time ever all the watch making facets of that time, which meant starting from the engineering of the watch all the way to the final hand assembly and hand polishing of each watch. In 1852, the watchmaker Constant Girard founded the Girard & Cie Firm in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He, then, married Marie Perregaux and the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture was born in 1856. In 1906, Constant Girard-Gallet, who took over control of the Manufacture from his father, took over the Bautte House and merged it with Girard-Perregaux & Cie. Since then, the brand has pursued its activities by reinforcing from the 1980s its position in the domain of prestigious mechanical watches, Haute Horlogerie, under the lead of Luigi Macaluso. In 2011, Sowind Group, the holding incorporating Girard-Perregaux, became a subsidiary of Kering.
This gorgeous ladies wristwatch, circa 1950's, has a 14K white gold case, set with four sparkling diamonds on delicate branches on either side of the round face. The black woven bracelet is secured with a gold-filled locking clasp with additional safety chain secured on the bracelet. The face measures 9/16" across and the bracelet will accommodate a 6" wrist. The face is marked "Girard Perregaux" and the case is stamped 14K Gold. The manual wind movement runs fine, but does loose about 10 minutes in a 24 hour period. I would suggest a cleaning and adjustment by your personal jeweler. Wonderful vintage condition with no other issues.
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