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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 221

    Universal. A very rare, large and attractive 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with multi-scale dial


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    Universal. A very rare, large and attractive 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with multi-scale dial
    Signed Universal, Genève, Climate-Proof, Compax, ref. 124'113, case no. 1’573’424, manufactured in 1952
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 285, 17 jewels, metal dust cover
    DIAL: silvered, applied dagger and Arabic numerals, fifth of a second combined with Arabic five minutes divisions, red telemetre scale, outer tachymetre scale graduated to 1000 UPH, three sunken engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 12 hours and 30 minutes registers
    CASE: 18K gold, sloped bezel, downturned lugs, snap on back, two round chronograph buttons in the band, 37.5 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BUCKLE: gold plated Universal buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Universal Genève Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1952 in its present configuration

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    The present Compax chronograph is a rare example of Universal's "Climate-proof" model, as confirmed in the accompanying certificate.

    The “Climate-proof” system was developed by Universal in the aim of creating a watch resisting to different weather conditions. The case construction consists of water-resistant-type round chronograph pusher and a metal dust cap underneath the snap on back made of a special alloy to withstand weather changes.

    Consigned by a private collector the watch is in extremely well preserved condition. With its large 37.5 mm. diameter and the attractive multi-scale dial, it is a very attractive, wearable and collectible example of Universal's mid-century production.

    Another pink gold example of the "Climate-proof" Compax ref. 123113 model is prominently illustrated and described in Universal Watch Genève by Pietro Giuliano Sala, p. 278.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the reference of the present watch is ref. 124'113 and not 123'113 as written in the printed catalogue.

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