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UNIVERSAL. A RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS, DATE AND GAY FRERES BRACELET
UNIVERSAL. A RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS, DATE AND GAY FRERES BRACELET
UNIVERSAL. A RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS, DATE AND GAY FRERES BRACELET
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UNIVERSAL. A RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS, DATE AND GAY FRERES BRACELET

SIGNED UNIVERSAL GENEVE, POLEROUTER SUB, REF. 204’615/1, CASE NO. 2’364’183, MANUFACTURED IN 1965

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UNIVERSAL. A RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS, DATE AND GAY FRERES BRACELET
SIGNED UNIVERSAL GENEVE, POLEROUTER SUB, REF. 204’615/1, CASE NO. 2’364’183, MANUFACTURED IN 1965
Movement: cal. UG 69, automatic, 28 jewels, signed
Dial: signed
Case: screw back, 37 mm. diam., signed
With: stainless steel Universal Genève bracelet, deployant clasp stamped Gay Frères and 1, 65, overall length of approx. 200 mm., Universal Genève Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch in 1965.
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Lot Essay

The present wristwatch is a rare and well-preserved representative of the Polerouter Sub model, featuring a Gay Frères bracelet and a rotating bezel.

In 1954, Universal Genève commissioned the, at the time only 23 years old, Gérald Genta to design a watch to commemorate SAS’s (Scandinavian Airline Systems) polar flights from Europe directly to New York and Los Angeles: the Polarouter, later renamed Polerouter.

The Polerouter Sub diving watches were launched in 1961, the first series the super compressor model with two crowns. The present example is of the second series with its pointed downward bending lugs, a rotating bezel and caliber UG 69 movement with micro rotor, rendering it a much thinner profile than other diver’s watches from the period.

Made in different versions, the Polerouter models have become highly popular collectors’ watches in today’s market.

Gay Frères

Gay Frères was established in 1835 by Jean-Pierre Gay and Gaspard Tissot. The company's workshop in Geneva specialized in the manufacture of chains and bracelets, renowned for their quality and the originality of the creations.

Gay Frères was a key supplier to many prestigious watch companies and bracelets made by the firm can add value to a vintage piece.

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