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  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: Circa 1945
    Reference No: 22541
    Case No: 1’217’482
    Model Name: Tri-Compax
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal 287, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter

  • Catalogue Essay

    The history of Universal Genève mirrors that of the history of the chronograph wristwatch. Founded in 1894 in Le Locle as Universal Watch, the brand initially began as a workshop assembling watch parts. However, by the early 20th-century the founders patented their first 24-hour timepiece. During World War I, they manufactured pocket watches and wristwatches for both sides of the war effort. In 1936, Universal Genève released their first Aero Compax model and it is from this beginning that collectors today appreciate their timepieces, with names such as Uni-Compax, Tri-Compax, and the famed Polerouter designed by Gerald Genta. Today, Universal’s chronograph wristwatches are highly sought after both for their modern mid-20th century aesthetic, fascinating dial variations, and superb quality.

    The Tri-Compax is probably one of the most complicated watches made by the Geneva based watch company. Named after its three complications: triple calendar (day, date and month), chronograph and moon phases, the first generation was launched in 1944 to commemorate the manufacture’s 50th anniversary.

    The number of complications could have made the dial look very busy but Universal, succeeded in creating a design which left the dial uncluttered and easy to read. The chronograph counters are classically placed at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock whereas the calendar indications are placed on the top tier of the dial for better balance and legibility.

    The large steel case with is powerful lugs is in superb condition and give the watch incredible wrist presence.

  • 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. 22541
An attractive large stainless steel triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with moonphases

Circa 1945
37mm Diameter

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 14,000 
€7,400-13,000
$8,700-15,300

Sold for CHF11,970

Contact Specialist

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

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020