Universal - The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE Geneva Saturday, May 11, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: 1945
    Reference No: 224'114
    Movement No: 279'680
    Case No: 1'245'374
    Model Name: Aero-Compax
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 285, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Universal Genève Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1945.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The generous 38mm diameter of this timepiece fully classifies it as one part of that rarefied category of vintage timepieces which stylistically resonates with contemporary taste. That is even more true when one considers the stainless steel case, luminous dial and exceptionally balanced dial layout.

    The present watch is an example of tool watches from the mid 20th century, a categorization which explains its large-for-the-time dimensions and the presence of the luminous dial, and is as aesthetically appealing as it is collectible. The additional dial at 12 0’ clock can be operated via the crown at 9 and displays a fixed time, intended to serve as a reminder to the wearer of the time of important occurrences (such as a take-off time).

  • Artist Biography


    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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Ref. 224'114
A fine, large and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with luminous dial and additional time display

38mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for CHF12,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019