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  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: 1967
    Reference No: 885103/01
    Case No: 2'568'377
    Model Name: Compax "Evil Nina"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 72, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Universal Gay Frères bracelet, max length 180mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Universal folding deployant clasp stamped GF 3.72
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, bracelet further signed GF
    Accessories: Accompanied by Universal Guarantee, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging. Furthermore delivered with Universal Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with black dial in 1967.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch, fitted with a black dial and white registers, is nicknamed "Evil Nina" due to its color scheme. It is the thematic opposite of the "Nina Rindt", which has a white dial and black registers. Nina Rindt often donned a Universal Compax with white dial and black registers to sporting events.

    This model is a second generation example, evidenced by the "U" stamp. Earlier examples had an applied U logo on the dial.

    The present watch is distinguished by its excellent condition. The bezel, with a "dot over 90", is correct for the period. The curved, sculpted lugs are wide in proportion, and the dial displays luminous accents that have aged with warm patina, giving the watch an unmistakably sporty appearance. It is furthermore very complete, accompanied by its original guarantee, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • 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. 885103/01
A highly rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and fitted presentation box

36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, bracelet further signed GF

CHF10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for CHF31,250

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017