Universal - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 881101/03
    Case No: 2'684'616
    Model Name: Tri-Compax
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 281, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by presentation box, hang tag explaining different functions, world service booklet and certificate of guarantee. Further accompanied by an Extract from the Archives

  • Catalogue Essay

    Without a doubt, one of Universal Genève’s most iconic models is the Tri-Compax, first introduced to the market in 1944.

    The case of this lovely chronograph some could argue resembles the Rolex Daytona reference 6241, as the acrylic bezel with printed tachometer in addition to the pump pushers are similar in appearance.

    The watch features indications for the chronograph function on the dial, and a complete calendar with moonphases – an astronomical complication that is sought after by collectors.

    The present example is offered with its original presentation box, black perforated rubber strap, and all product literature including its original hang tag as it left the factory. Offered in exceptional overall condition, this complete watch is a rare trophy for even the most discerning collector.

  • 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. 881101/03
A very attractive stainless steel triple calendar wristwatch with moon phases and tachometer scale

36mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF6,000 - 9,000 

Sold for CHF31,250

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm