A fine, attractive and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

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  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: Circa 1967
    Reference No: 885104/02
    Case No: 2’509’839
    Model Name: Space-Compax
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 72, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Universal Genève Gay Frères bracelet, endlinks stamped UM, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Universal Genève Gay Frères deployant clasp "3.69"
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement, clasp and extension link signed PAT. PEND.
    Accessories: Further accompanied by blank Universal Genève Certificate of Guarantee, service manual and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Stated on the dial, the Compax has always been a focus point for Universal Genève wristwatches. Introduced in 1935, it was the most celebrated watch produced by the manufacturer with various case and dial configuration pleasing the minds of all.

    With much animosity, the Space-Compax was initially portrayed as a diver’s watch, due to its illustrious oversized rubber-tipped chronograph pushers. However, during its initial launch in the 1960’s, it was also an exciting period for the race to space with heavy involvement from the horological industry. It is with no doubt that Universal Genève issued the Space-Compax as a means to join the others to fight for the title.

    The present example fitted with a beautiful matte black dial with a voluptuous orange chronograph hand is an attractive example of a Space-Compax and further accompanied by the original certificate of guarantee and presentation box.

  • 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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Universal

Ref. 885104/02
A fine, attractive and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

宇宙,「Space-Compax」型號885104/02,精鋼鏈帶腕錶,備計時功能,約1967年製。附錶盒、空白國際保證書

Circa 1967
37mm Diameter
Dial, case, movement, clasp and extension link signed PAT. PEND.

Estimate
HK$64,000 - 120,000 
€7,400-13,900
$8,200-15,400

sold for HK$106,250

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019