Universal. A Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Time Reminder Register
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Universal. A Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Time Reminder Register

SIGNED UNIVERSAL, GENÈVE, AERO-COMPAX, NO. 1'073'822, NO. 22'290, MANUFACTURED IN 1945

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Universal. A Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Time Reminder Register
Signed Universal, Genève, Aero-Compax, No. 1'073'822, No. 22'290, Manufactured in 1945
Movement: Manual, Cal. UG 281, 17 jewels
Dial: Silvered, luminous Arabic numerals, luminous hands, four subsidiary dials, tachymeter scale for miles
Case: Stainless steel, dust cover, screw back, 35mm diam.
Strap/Buckle: Associated leather strap, associated stainless steel buckle
Accompanied By: A Universal Extract from the Archives
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The present Aero-Compax is a remarkable and rare example featuring a water-resistant screw-down case back. Very few examples are known to the market. One is depicted in a print advertisement from circa 1947. The Aero-Compax was marketed to pilots who wanted to mark a specific time. The top register had an hour and minute hand that could be adjusted by a crown on the left side of the case. It was often used to mark the time of departure for a plane or the time something should occur. It was a feature particularly useful before the introduction of the Vulcain Cricket in 1947 that allowed for someone to have a wristwatch with a loud alarm.

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