A rare, attractive, and superbly preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch

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  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: 885.108
    Case No: 2'892'818
    Model Name: Compax "Exotic Nina Rindt"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 72 / Universal Genève 85, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Universal Genève Extract from the Archives confirming production in 1971.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The most striking feature of this timepiece, other than its amazing condition, is the dazzling color combination of its dial.

    A potent mix of dark and light blue central portion, white subdials and outer track and red five minute markers and chronograph hand give the watch a most surprising and arresting visual appeal.
    This spectacular model is dubbed by collectors as the “Nina Rindt” ever since the wife of the famous Formula One driver, Jochen Rindt, was photographed wearing this model on a Bund style strap and with sunglasses giving her a definitely “cool cat” allure.

    Known as the “Exotic Nina Rind” this dial variation is the rarest of all the reference 885.108 “Nina Rind" models. In absolutely superb condition with strong case, crisp engraved numbers on the caseback and immaculate dial, this watch presents a rare opportunity to purchase a beautiful watch that is fast becoming an iconic vintage chronograph.

  • 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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Universal

Ref. 885.108
A rare, attractive, and superbly preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch

1971
36mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 15,000 
€8,800-13,200
$10,200-15,400

sold for CHF43,750

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018