UNIVERSAL GENEVE. A FINE AND RARE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASE AND DATE
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UNIVERSAL GENEVE. A FINE AND RARE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASE AND DATE

SIGNED UNIVERSAL GENEVE, TRI-COMPAX, ERIC CLAPTON MODEL, REF 881.101/01, CASE NO. 2’437’754, MANUFACTURED IN 1966

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UNIVERSAL GENEVE. A FINE AND RARE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASE AND DATE
SIGNED UNIVERSAL GENEVE, TRI-COMPAX, ERIC CLAPTON MODEL, REF 881.101/01, CASE NO. 2’437’754, MANUFACTURED IN 1966
Movement: cal. 281, manual, 17 jewels, signed
Dial: signed
Case: screw back, 36.4 mm. diam., signed
With: Universal Genève Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch in 1966
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Lot Essay

Consigned by a private collector the present Tri-Compax is preserved in very good overall condition. It is from the “Panda” version of the model, also known as the “Eric Clapton Tri-Compax”, as it was famously worn by the celebrated musician during his time playing the band Cream.

The Tri-Compax chronograph was launched in 1944 and stayed in production until the 1960s, available in stainless steel and gold and with a variety of dial colours and designs. The designation “Tri” is derived from the three complications, 1. chronograph including minute and hour register; 2. Full calendar showing day, date, month; and 3. the moon phase.

The Universal caliber 281 replaced the slightly smaller cal. 481 in the late 1950s. This allowed for the introduction of new chronograph pusher styles and the use of screw down case backs.

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