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UNIVERSAL GENEVE. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD TRIPLE CALEDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, ORIGINAL GUARANTEE AND BOX
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UNIVERSAL GENEVE. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD TRIPLE CALEDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, ORIGINAL GUARANTEE AND BOX

SIGNED UNIVERSAL GENEVE, TRI-COMPAX, REF 122’101, CASE NO. 1’768’536, CIRCA 1956

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UNIVERSAL GENEVE. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD TRIPLE CALEDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, ORIGINAL GUARANTEE AND BOX
SIGNED UNIVERSAL GENEVE, TRI-COMPAX, REF 122’101, CASE NO. 1’768’536, CIRCA 1956
Movement: cal. 481, manual, 17 jewels, signed
Dial: signed
Case: snap on back, 35 mm. diam., signed
With: Original Guarantee stamped by the “Société Française des montres Universal SA” dated 21 June 1956, product literature, setting pin and fitted presentation box
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This lot is offered without reserve.
Many of the watches offered for sale in this catalogue are pictured with straps made of endangered or protected animal materials such as alligator or crocodile. These endangered species straps are shown for display purposes only and are not for sale. Christie’s will remove and retain the strap prior to shipment from the sale site. At some sale sites, Christie’s may, at its discretion, make the displayed endangered species strap available to the buyer of the lot free of charge if collected in person from the sale site within 1 year of the date of the sale. Please check with the department for details on a particular lot.
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This endangered species strap is shown for display purposes only and is not for sale. The watch will be supplied with a calf leather strap.

The present Universal is an attractive example of the rare Tri-Compax model, the overall appeal enhanced by the presence of the period accessories.

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

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