Girard-Perregaux 8856 Railtimer HF

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Yesterday I spoke about some of the most famous antimagnetic watches… and about autumn…

Autumn always reminds me of Girard-Perregaux… Why? Because in the autumn the maple leaves turns red… Canada… and the fact that Canada always been a stronghold for Girard-Perregaux!

Yes, during the history, different brands have been more or less successful in different markets. For example, Omega always been strong in Sweden, while some other brands you almost never saw here before our global Internet period…

But back to Girard-Perregaux and Canada. During the end of 1960’s and beginning of 1970’s, Girard-Perregaux made watches for the Canadian Railways – the Railtimer!

Here is the Girard-Perregaux reference 8856 Railtimer HF from 1968:

Girard-Perregaux 8856 – Railtimer HF

With a classic white “Railways clock dial”, manual movement with hack seconds to be able to synchronise the watch. Cases of stainless steel, gold plated and solid gold existed. Mine is the less sought after, gold plated version.

Girard-Perregaux 8856 – manual high frequency movement

Several different references with different movements existed, all manual-, all high frequency-, all hack seconds movements.

Inside my reference 8856 is the GP Calibre 30.7 which is based on the Calibre AS 1687B.

Here a side-by-side shot of T.W.O Railtimers, the 8856 and the 9272. The 9272 is a bit of enigma for me, I will come back to that one later.

Girard-Perregaux Railtimer HF – 8856 and 9272

CrownComfort will tell you much more about these Girard-Perregaux Railtimers…

In the meantime, have a look at his stainless steel version: Girard-Perregaux Railtimer HF over at the GP Chronicles!