Universal - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII Hong Kong Thursday, November 25, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 885’107
    Case No: 2’892’640
    Model Name: Compax, “Exotic Nina”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, Valjoux cal. 72 / Universal Genève cal. 85, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Universal Genève pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Aptly named the “Exotic Nina”, Universal launched a Compax model that dresses in a far more vibrant blue attire with the reference 885’107 silver dial & 885’108 with a blue dial. The exotic series is not only much rarer than the already scarce panda variants, it is notable that the Exotic Nina in silver is the rarest one of all with less than 15 examples surfaced in the market. Fitted with racing red accents and bakelite blue bezel with matching blue registers, the silver dial with the addition of a defined T-shaped matte silver shimmers in contrast which reminds one of the extremely attractive paint job of an F1 sports car.

    Absolutely well-preserved and offered in remarkable condition with an unpolished case, signed crystal and supremely stunning combination, the present specimen from the 70s is undoubtedly a rare and collectible timepiece for the collector of vintage chronographs.

  • 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. 885’107
A rare, attractive and superbly preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with exotic dial

Circa 1971
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$135,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$327,600

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021