Universal Genève - The New York Watch Auction: X New York Saturday, June 8, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Universal Genève
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: 885.107
    Movement No: 260427
    Case No: 2’892’574
    Model Name: Compax “Exotic”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 72 / Universal Genève cal. 85, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Extract of Archives from Universal Geneve confirming production of the present watch in 1971.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Universal Genève launched the Compax model fitted with audacious and vibrant “exotic” dials, with the reference 885.107 silver dial & 885.108 with a blue dial. The exotic series is not only much rarer than the already scarce panda variants, it is notable that this variant in silver is the rarest one of all with less than 15 examples known to have surfaced in the market. Fitted with racing red accents and a blue acrylic bezel with matching blue registers, the silver dial with the addition of a defined T-shaped matte silver shimmers in contrast, reminding one of the extremely attractive livery of an F1 sports car.

    At the heart of the watch is Universal Genève’s caliber 85, based on the famed Valjoux 72. Used in iconic watches such as early manually-wound Rolex Daytonas, the Valjoux 72 holds a paramount significance in the world of chronographs, revered for its exceptional quality, reliability, and robustness.

    Offered in well-preserved condition with a most probably unpolished, the present Compax is a wonderfully rare and collectible timepiece for the collector of vintage chronographs.


Ref. 885.107
A rare, attractive, and well preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with exotic dial

36mm Diameter
Case, dial, and movement signed

$8,000 - 16,000 

Sold for $25,400

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