Universal - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: Circa 1940
    Reference No: 22501
    Case No: 752’353
    Model Name: Compax
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 285, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 37mm diameter
    Signed: Dial, case and movement

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Universal Gèneve Compax was first introduced in the 1930’s, though some may even say they started producing timepieces in 1915. True or not, Universal Gèneve without a doubt excelled during the 1950’s and 1960’s. The Compax were available in various series and functions. As an attempt to join the other powerhouses for the space race, the Space-Compax was introduced as well as the Aero-Compax, which have now earned its status as collector’s item.

    The present attractive example is a Compax from the 1940’s fitted with a glossy black dial and housed in a friendly 37mm stainless steel round case.

  • 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. 22501
A very fine and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch black “glossy” dial

Circa 1940
37mm diameter
Dial, case and movement

HK$94,000 - 155,000 

Sold for HK$125,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019