1940 Universal Genève Oversized 38mm Military Compur - Ref. 22516
Extremely rare and well preserved military compur.
WHY IS THIS WATCH SPECIAL
The Compur is a quintessential chronograph from Universal Genève; with its balanced dial and well-proportioned case, this watch has maintained its timelessness flawlessly. This particulary extremely rare military example, boasts an impressive oversized unploshed 38mm case and a flawless original black dial. Universal Genève chronographs were usually much smaller at the time. Trademaked in 1937, the Universal Genève Compur range of chronographs featured for the first time in watchmaking history a movement with the second column wheel under the dial.
1894 The origins
Talented watch makers Numa Emile Descombes and Ulysse Georges Perret, found a company specializing in making complicated watches. Foreign trade develops rapidly and products are enthusiastically received.
1897 Early successes
Descombes dies and Perret associates with Louis Edouard Berthoud in making complete pocket-watches. In 1898 they present a chronograph with 30-counter, the Universal Watch Extra, and subsequently release their first wristwom chronograph in 1917.
1934 A legend in the making
The company is renamed Universal Watch, relocates to Geneva and enjoys impressive and international growth. A succession of elegant and complicated models — the Compax, Aero-Compax and Tri-Compax (1930-40), Polerouter (1954) and Microtor UG66 (1966) — leave and indelible imprint on their area.
1960’s A brand on the move
In keeping with its taste for innovation, Universal Genève launches the world’s thinnest quartz calibre in 1975. During the 1980s and 90s, the brand enjoys an impressive international reputation and its represented in South-East Asia, the Middle East and Italy.
Universal Genève has been on the up and up over the past few years and it's easy to see why. The Compur was lauched in 1937 and quickly became a hit. The Swiss manufacture consistently produced beautiful tool watches such as this Compur with two subsidiary dials and sword hands. This example feature a perfect balance of elegance and sporty look.
- Maker: Universal Genève
- Model: Compur Oversized Military
- Reference: 22516
- Case N°: 8132xx
- Year: 1940
- Material: Stainless Steel
- Dimentions (WxHxT): 38x45x13mm
- Caliber: In House UG 287
- Bracelet/Strap: Black leather
- Lug width: 18mm
- Box/Papers: N/A
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
This watch is in extremely good condition for its age, the unpolished case, original dial and movement are just exceptionnal. Oversized cases are very rare and this particular reference even more. The black dial with its original lume complete matching the silver steel 'sword' hands is mesmerising. This is a fine and extremely rare vintage chronograph, elegant and sporty, with a presence on the wrist, perfect for everyday wear.