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

SIGNED UNIVERSAL, GENÈVE, REF. 885103/02, CASE NO. 2'453'255, MANUFACTURED IN 1966

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Universal Genève. A Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch
Signed Universal, Genève, Ref. 885103/02, Case No. 2'453'255, Manufactured in 1966
Cal. 72 mechanical lever movement, 17 jewels, cream dial, baton numerals with luminous accents, central blued steel chronograph hand, three engine-turned subsidiary dials for 12 hours and 30 minute registers and constant seconds, tachymeter bezel, circular case, fluted lugs, screw back, two round chronograph buttons in the band, case, dial, and movement signed
36mm diam.
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According to the archives of Universal Genève, the present watch was manufactured in 1966. Accompanied by a Universal Genève Certificate of Guarantee dated December 17th 1968, product literature, Universal Genève presentation box, original strap and tie-tag.

This attractive "panda" dial chronograph is both appealing because of its vintage style aesthetics which are associated with 1960s chronographs, but also because this reference was famously worn by model and wife of the late racing driver Jochen Rindt. Known as the "Nina Rindt" by avid collectors after the fashion muse who wore this model repeatedly, it is also known to be a direct concurrent of the Rolex Daytona. Furthermore, this desired timepiece is seldom discovered in such wonderfully preserved condition with box and papers.

The present watch has spent most of its life in the original box and was likely worn only a handful of occasions, if not less. Essentially New Old Stock, of further interest is the fact that everything from the signed crystal to the crown appears to be original.

The present watch is from the earlier series of Nina Rindt models, noted by the applied steel "u" logo on the dial and tapered luminous-filled register hands. The later version of the Nina Rindt featured a painted "u" in box logo and non-tapered luminous-filled register hands. The luminous-filled register hands were a remarkable innovation that allowed for the wearer to time things with the chronograph at night or in low light which was a function impossible for chronographs from other major chronographs of the era.



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