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Universal. A Rare Oversized Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch
Universal. A Rare Oversized Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch


Universal. A Rare Oversized Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch
Signed Universal, Genève, Compax Military Model, Case No. 22'411 & 744'611, Manufactured in 1939
Movement: Manual jewelled, Cal. UG 285
Dial: Silvered, Arabic numerals, blue tachymeter scale, red telemeter scale, three subsidiary dials
Case: Stainless steel, snap on back, two rectangular buttons in the band, 46mm diam.
Strap/Buckle: Associated leather strap, associated stainless steel buckle
Accompanied by: A Universal Extract from the Archives and an associated leather pouch.
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For collectors of Universal Genève chronographs, those in oversized 46mm cases, designed for pilots and race car drivers, are considered grail pieces. However, when stating this, most collectors would associate those 46mm chronographs with cases featuring sharper, faceted lugs rather than the present watch with a more traditional flowing-lug shape from the 1930s. That is quite simply because of the rarity of these pieces. based on our research, only a few examples, perhaps three of these oversized Universal Geneve Compax chronographs with this early-style case are known to survive.

The present watch features a charismatic and elegant non-luminous dial in original condition. The outer tachymeter track is in blue and features notably large numerals, no doubt for easier for those using it timing racing speeds, the telemeter track just inside it is in red, while the time and chronograph printing is in black with thin numerals in a style somewhat reminiscent of Art Deco. The register and thin, straight central hands are blued steel and match the overall elegance of the dial.

Those seeking an important, rare, and beautiful oversized chronograph should not miss this opportunity to buy one of the rarest Universal Genève chronographs known.

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