Universal - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT Hong Kong Monday, May 27, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 181102
    Case No: 2’732’673
    Model Name: Tri-Compax
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. UG 281, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Universal Geneve pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by a Universal Geneve guarantee stamped S. Brunati, Zurich and presentation box. Further accompanied by Universal Geneve Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1969

  • Catalogue Essay

    First released in the 1940s, the Tri-Compax was made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Universal Geneve. Powering the watch is the highly reliable caliber 281, which bares three complications, a full calendar, chronograph and moon phases, hence the name "Tri-Compax". Throughout its production life, there has been many different variants of the model produced. In the recent years, Universal Geneve has gained much appreciated interest from collectors and lovers of vintage watches from around the world.

    The present example is a yellow gold Tri-Compax reference 181102 . Fitted with a two tone dial, the watch is highly attractive and bares a rarer dial configuration than other examples.

  • 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. 181102
A fine and attractive yellow gold triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with date, day, month, moon phase, two tone dial and tachymeter scale, with guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1970
38mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$180,000 - 250,000 

Sold for HK$156,250

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