Let’s continue to look through the different versions of the Girard-Perregaux Deep Diver family…
This time I thought we should have a closer look at the Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic reference 7897 Deep Diver.
The 7897 Deep Diver is the second generation of the Deep Diver and the first Deep Diver to have a diving bezel.
The production of the 7897 only lasted for T.W.O years, 1961 – 1962, produced in 1500 pieces which is less than many limited editions we see today. Still it’s not an impossible watch to find…
Here the silver dial version is featured in the German Girard-Perregaux catalogue from 1963:
As you can read, the 35 mm stainless steel case is waterproof rated down to 200 meters.
The 7897 came in T.W.O dial colours, silver and black.
Here is the black dial version, notice that the index are painted here instead of applied and that the hands have a different shape with luminous material filling the whole arrow heads.
Here is the black dial version featured in the U.S Girard-Perregaux catalogue from 1964:
Price for the 7897 in 1963: CHF 225 on strap and CHF 260 on bracelet.
I am not sure of the FX-rate between CHF and USD back then but in 1964 the 7897 was USD 80 on strap and USD 100 on bracelet…
The 7897 Deep Diver have a lot of common points with several other brands divers watches from the early 1960’s.
I will return and to this one with more details, in the meanwhile you can have a look at one of the similar divers watches, the Zodiac SeaWolf.
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Stay tuned while I will continue to go deeper into the Girard-Perregaux Deep Diver family…