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  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: 1943
    Reference No: 22'409
    Movement No: 210'930
    Case No: 1'009'979
    Model Name: Uni-Compax
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 285, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle by Universal
    Dimensions: 38mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With original box and guarantee dated 19th February 1945. Further accompanied by an Extract from the Archives

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1917, Universal Genève created its first ever chronograph wristwatch. Some 18 years later, they launched their first “Compax” model, with many variations to follow, like the Dato-Compax, Aero-Compax, or the revered Tri-Compax that featured a complete calendar with moon phases.

    The present Uni-Compax is equipped with Universal’s manual caliber 285. It features two registers at 3 and 9 o’clock indicating timekeeping seconds and 45-minute counter, respectively. Encased in stainless steel, the luminous, blued-steel sword hands nicely complement the silver dial. The slightly recessed crown integrates well into the center of the case, compared with other chronograph models where the crown more commonly sits on top of the case.

    This watch is in overall excellent condition, and includes its original box, guarantee papers, and even its Universal Genève tang buckle. Seventy years later, this watch remains in pristine condition for the 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. 22'409
A highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with original guarantee

38mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF7,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF23,750

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm