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  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: 1952
    Reference No: 10232
    Case No: 1'629'138
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 138 SS, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Pink gold plated pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Universal Genève Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1952 and the cloisonné enamel dial depicting the map of Saudi Arabia and the Arabia peninsula.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Presented as a gift from the King of Saudi Arbia, King Saoud Ibn Abdul Aziz, in the early 1950s, the present timepiece was part of a limited production of cloisonné enamel Universal Genève wristwatches depicting the Arabic peninsula and celebrating the Saudi Kingdom.

    The dial of the watch is presented in two parts. The outer rim features hour indexes in Arabic script, with the inscriptions 'Saoud Ibn Abdul Aziz' at twelve o'clock and 'Jezira el Arabia' at six o'clock (Jezira meaning 'island' in Arabic). Shimmering through the light, the engravings are prominent and eye catching, standing out from the polished pink gold plate. Meanwhile, its centre is rendered in bright and colourful cloisonné enamel. Representing Saudi Arabia and its neighbouring countries, the land is painted with deep and lustrous emerald polychrome enamel contrasting with pastel blue waters of the surrounding seas with an array of peach and pink hues. A mosque and the emblem of Saudi Arabia have also been represented. It consists of two crossed swords with a palm tree. The palm symbolizes prosperity and the crossed swords represent Justice.

    A rare occasion, the present Universal Genève reference 10232 gives a glimpse into the royal tastes and sensibilities during the 1950s.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Ref. 10232
A well-preserved and unusual pink gold wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial depicting the Arabian peninsula

1952
36mm Diameter
Case and movement signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 20,000 
€9,800-19,600
$10,600-21,200

Sold for CHF25,200

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

+41 22 317 81 81
[email protected]

Tiffany To
Head of Sale, Geneva

+41 22 317 96 63
[email protected]

The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022