The new Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Pro 1,000M (ref. 49950-11-633-FK6A) automatic diver comes in the same peculiarly shaped case that was first presented nine years ago. Although the ergonomics of the body is still a matter of controversy for purists and snobs, at least one thing is certain: if you are interested in a dressy diving companion but are already tired of all those legions of Submariners and Seamasters of your co-workers, this beautiful semi-professional diving wristwatch may be the answer.
The timekeeper’s signature shape comes courtesy of the setting crown, which is ergonomically placed at 4 o’clock and is protected from vicissitudes of life with a pair of crown guards.
Actually, as you can see on the photos, there is only one crown guard between three and four o’clock. On the other side, the screw-down crown is protected with one of the massive lugs that hold the rubber strap.
As one might have expected, visually, this watch is an evolution of the 2010 model.
Sporting the same dial layout with the date window between 1 and 2 o’clock, power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock and a subsidiary seconds sub-dial between 10 and 11 o’clock, its only difference from the last year’s model is the new color scheme.
First of all, the inevitable rotating bezel no comes in plain satin-finished steel, which makes it a trifle less dressy.
The second is the introduction of orange accents on the dial. The broad minute hand, the tip of the arrow-shaped seconds hand, even a “low power” mark on the power reserve indicator are painted with this bright color greatly enhancing the watch’s legibility.
Speaking of which, I must also note that the new ref. 49950-11-633-FK6A still comes with huge hour markers filled with light-green Superluminova.
According to the Swiss watchmaker’s press release, the refreshed watch is still powered by their own GP033R0 automatic movement. Yes, unlike many other similarly priced “divers,” the Sea Hawk Pro is animated by an in-house movement and fairly original at that. Some may not like the fact that the cal. GP033R0 uses the unidirectional winding system and others are not so fond about the signature “non-smooth” way the off-centered small seconds pointer is moving around the sub-dial, but, well, it is what makes the watch “unique,” right? After all, the movement is otherwise absolutely robust and, as far as I know, quite reliable, so, if the omnipresent Rolex Submariner starts to make you wanna puke, this Sea Hawk Pro may actually be an interesting choice to consider.
Since the new Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Pro 1,000M is officially rated for enormous depths of 1000 meters, the watch is equipped with an automatic helium escape valve, which is not something particularly unusual in the niche of semi-pro divers, but will still make your life a lot easier if you indeed plan to use it as a true diving companion.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 5/5
Value for Money: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Pro 1,000M (ref. 49950-11-633-FK6A) specification
Price: €8000 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber GP033R0, 27 jewels, 28,800 vph, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Geneva stripes, polished screw heads
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, power reserve
Power reserve: 46 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 44.00 mm
Case height: 15.40 mm
Water resistance: 1000 meters
Strap: Black rubber strap; Safety folding clasp with extension system
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Screwed-in, engraved