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Universal

Swiss   •  b. 1894

Biography

Universal Genève was founded in Le Locle, Switzerland in 1894 and was originally known as "Universal Watch." Since its inception, Universal Genève has produced watches with unusually high quality for their price point. Universal was among the first brands to introduce a chronograph wristwatch.

Today, the firm's vintage models are highly sought-after and desired for their oversized cases and interesting dial designs. Key models include a variety of "Compax" models such as the "Nina Rindt" or "Evil Nina," the Uni-Compax, the Space-Compax, the Aero-Compax and the Film-Compax.

Insights

  • An elusive Universal Film Compax achieved 68,750 CHF during the START-STOP-RESET thematic Phillips auction in May 2016.

  • Universal's white dial Compax chronograph with black subsidiary dials was nicknamed the "Nina Rindt" after the Finnish model and wife of world-renowned racecar driver Jochen Rindt.

"Universal produced many chronograph models for specific applications."

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