Accompanied by a Universal Genève Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1965.
The present Compax model was clearly part of Universal Genève's response to other popular chronographs at that time such as the OMEGA Speedmaster and Rolex Daytona.
This attractive “inverse panda" (black dial with white or silver registers) chronograph is appealing because of its style aesthetics, which are associated with vintage chronographs such as the Rolex Daytona. The opposite version of this watch, the “panda” dial reference, was famously worn by model and wife of the late racing driver Jochen Rindt. That model is known as the "Nina Rindt" after the fashion muse who wore this model and collectors in recent years have called this inverse version the “Evil Nina” as a result of its black dial with white registers and red accents.
The present watch is in remarkable and original condition, with what appears to be an unpolished case. It features an applied steel "U" logo on the dial and thin blued register hands. It can be considered an early model within this series of Compax chronographs due to these attributes. The bezel features a black aluminum insert with tachymeter printed on it and the notable “Dot Over 90” or “DON” feature found on the slightly larger bezels from OMEGA Speedmaster chronographs from that era.
According to the present owner, he purchased the watch at a thrift store for $2.49 within the past year. It was a remarkable find.
Interest in 1960s-era Universal Genève chronographs continues to grow rapidly and the present watch is likely to give its next owner great joy.