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UNIVERSAL. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD TRIPLE CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES AND BOX
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UNIVERSAL. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD TRIPLE CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES AND BOX

SIGNED UNIVERSAL GENEVE, TRI-COMPAX, RETAILED BY TURLER, REF. 12’266, CASE NO. 1’026’918, MANUFACTURED IN 1943

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UNIVERSAL. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD TRIPLE CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES AND BOX
SIGNED UNIVERSAL GENEVE, TRI-COMPAX, RETAILED BY TURLER, REF. 12’266, CASE NO. 1’026’918, MANUFACTURED IN 1943
Movement: cal. UG 481, manual, 17 jewels, signed
Dial: signed by maker and retailer
Case: snap on back, 34 mm. diam., signed
With: Universal Genève Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch in 1943 with dial dedicated to Türler, Türler presentation box.
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Lot Essay

Consigned by a private collector the present Tri-Compax model is distinguished by the rare retailer’s signature Türler and the very good original overall condition.

Launched in 1944, the legendary "Tri-Compax" is certainly among Universal's best-known models. One of the most complex chronograph wristwatches of the period, its functions include days, weeks, jumping months, moon phases, minute counter, chronographic hours, and a tachymeter scale. The model was available in steel and gold cases, with a variety of dial colors and designs. The designation “Tri” is derived from the three main complications, chronograph, full calendar and moon phases.

The family brand Türler, one of Switzerland’s most prestigious retailers and manufacturers, was founded in Biel in 1883 and is represented at several locations in Zurich.

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