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  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: 1964
    Reference No: 222102/1
    Case No: 2’335’198
    Model Name: Tri-Compax
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 281, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Universal bracelet, max length 180 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Universal deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 35.5 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Further delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming the watch was manufactured in 1964

  • Catalogue Essay

    In celebration of their 50th anniversary in 1944, Universal released the Tri-Compax as the new flagship model. The Tri-Compax gets its name from the three complications featured in the watch. On top of the indications for the chronograph function on the dial and the signature black tachymeter bezel, the timepiece is further completed with triple calendar and moon phases – special features which were rarely fitted in a chronograph during the 1960s.

    Powered by the caliber 281, the present Tri-Compax is instantly recognizable by its black/white dial, which confers a sporty and dynamic chic to the watch. Universal wristwatches have become increasingly popular nowadays, and the market for the Tri-Compax model is particularly booming. Offered in overall excellent condition, the present lot is a rare timepiece which epitomizes the perfect union of professional-grade timekeeping function and complex horological complications.

  • Artist Biography

    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. 222102/1
A fine and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with triple calendar, moon phases and bracelet

1964
35.5 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$180,000 - 240,000 
€19,900-26,500
$23,100-30,800

Sold for HK$212,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018