Universal - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: 1945
    Reference No: 22541
    Case No: 1'217'532
    Model Name: Tri-Compax
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 287, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The "Compax" was introduced in 1935, the world's first chronograph wristwatch with hour and minute registers, and which was particularly appreciated by members of the armed forces. The models were available in different case materials and forms, and a variety of dial layouts using the names 'Tri-Compax, Uni-Compax, and Aero-Compax'.

    This wonderful example of a Tri-Compax shows Universal collectors and scholars alike, how a steel Compax case would have left the factory. Still retaining its polished and brushed finish surfaces, even retaining the facets to the inside of the lugs which were often lost over time with over-zealous polishing. The dial shows a warm ageing with crisp printing, making this particular example a must for collectors.

  • 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. 22541
A highly attractive and rare stainless steel triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases and elongated lugs

37mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF25,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm