• Universal Geneve Compax - Vintage Chronograph - 1950’s
  • Universal Geneve Compax - Vintage Chronograph - 1950’s
  • Universal Geneve Compax - Vintage Chronograph - 1950’s
  • Universal Geneve Compax - Vintage Chronograph - 1950’s
  • Universal Geneve Compax - Vintage Chronograph - 1950’s
  • Universal Geneve Compax - Vintage Chronograph - 1950’s
  • Universal Geneve Compax - Vintage Chronograph - 1950’s
  • Universal Geneve Compax - Vintage Chronograph - 1950’s

Universal Geneve Compax Vintage Chronograph 1950’s

Brand:Universal
Model:Compax
Year:1950’s
Material:Stain Steel
Size - diameter excluding winding crown:35mm
Size - length including lugs:41.5mm
Condition:Very good
Price: $2,900

Universal Geneve Compax Vintage Chronograph 1950’s Stainless Steel

This beautiful Universal Compax in stainless steel is a manual winding caliber 281 with 17 jewels. It comes with three registers chronograph, second at 9’oclock, minutes at 3’oclock and hours at 6 o’clock. Original dial is mint with very bold color measurement scales, original hands have patina, and case is very sharp with Universal Geneve – Swiss Stainless Steel in the back. It is a screwed case with the number 1584473 – 222295. The glass is a Plexiglas. Diameter: 35mm, thickness: 12mm, Very good condition.

It has rounded chronograph pushbuttons. The original dial is cream with applied Arabic numerals at 12 o'clock. There is a blue outer scale.

History

Numa Emile Descombes and Ulysse Georges Perret founded Universal Geneve in 1894. Their aim was to create complicated timepieces with movements manufactured in-house, something rather rare for the time. In 1917 Universal Geneve introduced the world's first wrist worn chronograph, which led to Universal's chronograph era.

Throughout the 30's and 50's Universal manufactured some of the most iconic timepieces in the world. The introduction of the Compax, Aero-Compax, Tri-Compax, Polerouter and Microtor revolutionized the Swiss watch industry, garnering admirers in Patek Philippe, Rolex and Audemars Piguet. Universal was the first maker of a wristwatch with two chronograph pushers. In 1986 Montres Universal SA came under the wing of the Stelex Group.

Technical details

This Universal Geneve has a mechanical manual winding (Caliber 281) beating at a rate of 18,000A/h. It is constructed with 17 jewels. It is a pristine vintage chronograph in excellent condition and has perfect mechanical functionality. The watch has an excellent counter-balance, giving just the right hint of elegance to this otherwise sporty watch.

Measurements

Diameter excluding winding crown: 35mm
Length including lugs: 41.5mm

Price: $2,900