As I stated in my post about the Girard-Perregaux 8846 Olimpico Chronograph, the Olimpico line started in 1968.
The very first reference being the 8846, but that was not the only Olimpico released that year.
The same year the Girard-Perregaux reference 8862 Olimpico Chronograph was released.
Girard-Perregaux 8862 and 8846, both Olimpico: on the wooden beam
The base for the T.W.O is the same, Calibre GP 07-3 (Excelsior Park Calibre P40). 12 hours chronograph with Tachymeter and Pulsometer scales in blue and red.
What differs are the cases, the 8862 is tad larger, 38 mm in diameter. While the 8846 have a “waterproof” case with screw-down case back, the 8862 have a snap-on case back and flat pushers instead of round.
Here is the 8862 Olimpico illustrated in the Italian 1968 Girard-Perregaux catalogue:
What differs more is that the 8862 do not have a stainless steel case, instead the case is chromac plated brass case (case back is stainless steel).
On the wrist, the Girard-Perregaux reference 8862 Olimpico Chronograph is fantastic! The high shine of the chromac combined with the gilt index and hands makes the sun love this watch!
If you missed any of my previous Girard-Perregaux Olimpico Chronogrph posts, here is a link list:
Stay tuned, still some more Olimpico’s to cover!