Girard-Perregaux 7742 Alarm

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Let’s have a look at another Girard-Perregaux Alarm, this time the reference 7742.

The Girard-Perregaux 7742 Alarm was released in 1960 and was in production all the way until 1966.

Here is a scan of the very first version of the 7742 from the 1960 Girard-Perregaux catalogue: stainless steel case, Dauphine hands and blue numerals on the alarm disk.

1960 Girard-Perregaux catalogue – 7742 Alarm

We all know that the love for blue is nothing new for Girard-Perregaux… It has always been there, in the blue house on the hill!

Girard-Perregaux, La Chaux-de-Fonds – the blue house on the hill

The 7742 was a very popular watch, during the 6 years of production – in total, all metals, 5860 pieces were made!

Later versions like mine had baton hands and black numerals on the alarm disk. I have observed all combinations – Dauphine hands/blue numerals, Dauphine hands/black numerals, Baton hands/blue numerals and Baton hands/black numerals… All with sunburst silver dial with different versions of applied index…

Girard-Perregaux 7742 Alarm – Baton hands, black numerals

In 1963 a 14 Karat gold version (100 pieces) and 14 Karat gold/steel version (950 pieces) was released.

Here featured in the 1963 Girard-Perregaux catalogue.

1963 Girard-Perregaux catalogue – 7742 Alarm

1966 the gold plated version was made. Here a U.S. pamphlet from 1966. Guessing the gold filled version hit the U.S. market just after this pamphlet was printed…

1966 Girard-Perregaux pamphlet – 7742 Alarm

With a 35 mm in diameter case and quite strong, angled lugs, the 7742 is a pleasure on the wrist!

Inside is the manual GP Calibre 11-09, based on the AS 1475. The case back locking system is similar to some of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox with a external screw-down locking ring.

In this shot the alarm pin that is mounted into the case back is clearly shown.

Girard-Perregaux 7742 Alarm – case back and alarm pin

Classic and elegant are T.W.O words which I think describes this watch very well!

Girard-Perregaux 7742 Alarm – classic and elegant

Yes, there is a lot of interesting Alarm watches in the Girard-Perregaux heritage!

There will be more Girard-Perregaux Alarm watches here, so stay tuned!

While you wait, have a look at CrownComfort and his Girard-Perregaux blog: GP Chronicles!