Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Pro 1000

By Florian Matrion - January 10, 2012
Sea Hawk Pro 1000 Diaporama
The Watch Observer has tested for you the Sea Hawk Pro 1000, an oversized technical block of steel and rubber, sculpted by Girard-Perregaux to confront abyssal depths. Here's our review.
Exclusive! review of the Sea Hawk Pro 1000. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
Editor's opinion
71/100
Users' rating
77.5/100

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A large but comfortable watch

You'll be struck by the size and weight (168g) of this Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Pro 1000 as soon as you
handle it.

And yet, once it's on your wrist, and despite its strong presence still being felt, you'll also notice its comfort - an unexpected surprise given the size of the watch...

Indeed, its large lugs come down 4mm below the bottom edge of the case, and thus, the case middle of the watch sits naturally on the curvature of the arm, even for an average-sized wrist (17.5cm).

The strap also contributes greatly to the overall comfort of the watch.
Its internal rubber structure, shaped like cobblestones, provides a steady hold while preserving the necessary flexibility.

While it was successfully done in this case, this is by no mean an easy feat when trying to mix a heavy steel case with a light composite strap.

 

The internal rubber structure of the strap, shaped like cobblestones, provides a steady hold while preserving the necessary flexibility.

Furthermore, the end of the bracelet is slightly curved right at the width between the lugs in order to nicely fit the shape of the case.

This allows for a closer attachment, and thus more flexibility between the angle of the bracelet and the case.

Finally, the large folding clasp also contributes to this comfort, providing the ability to quickly adjust the diving strap extension - also used for fine-tuning during everyday usage, such as when your wrist swells up in high temperatures.

 

 

A fine quality of work

The asymmetric case middle gives this Girard-Perregaux a technical-looking outline with its large-sized crown protector which completely envelops it, keeping it safe from any potential impacts.
The crown is thus positioned at 4 o'clock.
This unusual placement is found on numerous diver's watches: with the crown no longer perpendicular to the case, making it less exposed.

The brushed flanks and the lugs' polished top, very cleanly finished, soften the toolwatch aspect of this Sea Hawk Pro 1000, and give it a touch of elegance.

The screwed bottom, very flat, also contributes to the overall comfort, and bears a large and deep engraving portraying the trident, the anchor and the porpoise, the symbols of the Girard-Perregaux brand.

The unidirectional steel bezel, heavily notched around the circumference, allows for a good grip, even while wearing diving gloves.

The watch is designed to be water-resistant for up to 1,000 meters, allowing the Sea Hawk to enter the very exclusive club of the diver's watches that can reach depths of 3,300 feet.
This is strictly for the pleasure of pure performance since very few of us will ever go that deep!

 

The hands, white and arrow-shaped for the hours and orange for the minutes, reprise the diver's watches' traditional color codes.

Dial

The hours' oversized luminous and rimmed hands contrast nicely with the dial's grainy matt black background.
The hands, white and arrow-shaped for the hours and orange for the minutes, reprise the diver's watches' traditional color codes.

This Girard-Perregaux's readability is therefore of a very high quality in all conditions.

One small drawback, however: it's a pity that this readability is slightly altered by the circular and silver power reserve indicator.
Indeed, the whole upper part of the dial is empty, the indicator being only on the lower half...

The red date indicator on a white background is itself quite discreet in its window located between one and two o'clock, while still staying very readable.

 

 

Diving enthusiasts will also miss the absence of a luminous indicator showing that the watch is working correctly, thus letting the diver know that the watch has not broken down during the dive.

 

Movement

The solid background hides the GP033R0 automatic caliber.

It is common, by the way, for such a technically-oriented piece, with a case middle/glass/bottom system that must be resistant to high pressure, to not have a sapphire background.

The GP033R0 is a manufactured movement developed by the Sowind Group (from now on a subsidiary of the PPR Group) which Girard-Perreaux is a part of.

Beating at 28,800 alternations per hour, it has a high-quality finish: circular-grained mainplate, bridge plated with straight Côtes de Genève and circular Côtes for the rotor.

 

Conclusion

With this Sea Hawk Pro 1000, Girard-Perregaux offers us a diver's watch with a strong personality due to its offbeat aesthetic and its imposing size.
Comfortable, technical, with a zest of elegance, it will accompany you in all of your aquatic adventures, but will not easily be compatible with a suit and tie.

 

Pros:

  • its offbeat look
  • its comfort, despite its size
  • the dial's high quality finish
  • the in-house caliber

 

Cons:

  • its lack of versatility due to its size
  • the larger-than-necessary power reserves indicator and the absence of a proper functioning indicator
  • the sapphire glass is easily smeared by fingerprints

 

Additional informations

  • the advertised price in the manufacturer's spec sheet is the watch's public price in France at the time of this review's publication
  • tester's/reviewer's wrist size = 17.50cm
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Manufacturer data

Brand Girard-Perregaux
Model name Sea Hawk Pro 1000
Reference number 49950-11-633-FK6A
Case material Steel
Case diameter (without crown) 44 mm
Case diameter (crown included) 50.12 mm
Movement type Automatic
Calibre GP033R0
Calibre base Manufacture
Functions Second
Power reserve
Minute
Hour
Helium release valve
Date
Crystal Dual-face crystal with anti-reflective coating
Power reserve ability 46h
Transparent back No
Lug width 21.83 mm
Length from lug to lug 55.37 mm
Case thickness 15.11 mm
Water resistant 1000 m
Strap material Rubber
Clasp type Deployment clasp
Clasp type Steel
Total weight 168 grams
Retail price France at 2012/01/10 7,950.00 € calc

Editor's opinion 71/100

Confort (/15) 13
more Movement (/20) 11
Movement Optimisation / Garnishment (/5) 3.5
Ease of handling and adjustment (/5) 4
Movement control proceeded by the Manufacture / horlogical awards (/3) 1
Power reserve ability (/2) 1
Complications (/5) 1.5
more Finishing (/20) 14.5
Dial finishing (/6) 5
Case finishing (/6) 4
Quality of garnishment / caseback engraving quality (/2) 1.5
Crystal quality (/4) 3
Clasp finishing (inner and extern) (/2) 1
more Practicality (/20) 17
Diurnal legibility (/5) 4
Night legibility (/4) 4
Water resistant (/3) 3
Strap : ease of size adjustment + ease of substitution (/4) 3
Clasp : quality and safety (/4) 3
more Bonus (/10) 2.5
Limited edition (/3) 0
Watch delivered with several straps (/2) 0
Quality of the watch box (/1) 1
Portability with shirtsleeves buttoned (/2) 0.5
Goodies included (/1) 0
Understandability of the brochure (/1) 1
Value for money (/15) 13
When to wear it ?
For a dive in the pit of the Mariana Islands!

Users' rating 77.5/100

Confort (/15) 11.5
Movement (/20) 16
Finishing (/20) 16.5
Practicality (/20) 15.5
Bonus (/10) 4
Value for money (/15) 12
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