Universal - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT Hong Kong Monday, May 27, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: Circa 1950
    Reference No: 12445
    Case No: 1’445’006
    Model Name: Uni-Compax
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 285, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Universal Geneve pin buckle
    Dimensions: 34.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Universal Geneve fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Universal Geneve introduced their first chronograph wristwatch in 1917. Since then, the firm has introduced many more, such as the Aero-Compax, Tri-Compax with calendar function and the Uni-Compax. The Uni-Compax was produced in many different variants including variants with a black insert bezel.

    The present example is a reference 12445 in pink gold and powered by the robust cal. 285. Presented in overall very good condition and further accompanied by the original presentation box, the present watch is an example that Universal Geneve collectors should take a closer look at.

  • 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. 12445
A fine and attractive pink gold chronograph wristwatch with fitted presentation box

Circa 1950
34.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$35,000 - 55,000 

Sold for HK$35,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019