Universal - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX Hong Kong Monday, May 28, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: 1945
    Movement No: 231'095
    Case No: 1'072'117 and 224'105
    Model Name: Compax
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 285, jeweled
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Associated stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Universal Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1945

  • Catalogue Essay

    With its very-large-for-the-time 38m diameter, strong masculine proportions and stainless steel case, this example of watchmaking for the mid-twentieth century is the ideal piece for the discerning collector of vintage watches looking for both an addition to their collection and also an everyday companion to his or her wrist.
    The luminous, absolutely unrestored dial exudes the charm of that era. The passage of time has granted it an immensely appealing light patina, and the luminous numerals have also aged to an attractive chestnut hue. The broad hands allow for perfect readability, and the same holds true for the oversized three subsidiary counters.

  • 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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A fine and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch

38mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$60,000 - 100,000 

Sold for HK$118,750

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018