A fine stainless steel multi-scale chronograph wristwatch

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  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: 1937
    Case No: 628'923
    Model Name: Compur
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. UG 285, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 34mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Universal Genève Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1937.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present stainless steel chronograph is a wonderful example of watchmaking from the late 1930s. The design is already abandoning the "carefree" canons of the 1920s and early 1930s; it rather features a more austere style, typical of the following decade and influenced by the turmoil of the time. The technical multi-scale dial further accentuates this militaristic vibe. The only concession to the Belle Epoque style is the Dauphine numerals which, beyond being a very rare feature, add flair to the final looks of the piece.

  • Maker Bio

    Universal

    Swiss • 1894

    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.

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A fine stainless steel multi-scale chronograph wristwatch

1937
34mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF4,000 - 6,000 
€5,100-7,700
$6,400-9,500

sold for CHF7,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 81
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN

Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018