A rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "tropical" Panda dial

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  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: 1967
    Reference No: 885103/02
    Movement No: 2’569’836
    Model Name: Universal Compax, "Nina Rindt"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual Cal. Valjoux 72 / Universal Genève 85, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further delivered with Universal Genève Extract from the Archives confirming production in 1967 with white coloured dial, three small black counters and black bar index with tritium at the base.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The model nickname “Nina Rindt” came from the wife of famed Formula One driver, Jochen Rindt, who was seen wearing the model, and collectors chose that name because of her cool sexy demeanor. The “Panda” dial is reminiscent of the famed “Paul Newman Panda” with white dial and black subsidiary dials.

    One of the finest Universal Compax chronograph to be offered in recent years, this example is highlighted by its excellent condition and with attractive “tropical” subsidiary dials. This particular lot falls into the serial range of 2.569 million, where batches of dials are believe to be found to develop tropical effect. Making this configuration rare and desirable. This is a opportunity to buy a stunning and very rare vintage chronograph watch with mesmerising tropical subsidiary dials.

  • Maker Bio

    Universal

    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. 885103/02
A rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "tropical" Panda dial

宇宙,「Universal Compax, Nina Rindt」型號885103/02,罕有,精鋼計時腕錶,備「Tropical」棕色子盤,1967年製。附後補證書 來源:日本私人收藏

1967
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$50,000 - 80,000 
€5,700-9,200
$6,400-10,300

sold for HK$187,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020