1938 Universal Geneve Compur Art-Deco - Ref. 12402
An extremely rare and early Art-Deco Compur.
WHY IS THIS WATCH SPECIAL
The Compur is a quintessential chronograph from Universal Genève. This featured example with its balanced dial and extraordinary Art-Deco case is extremely rare, this watch has maintained its timelessness flawlessly. This particular model boasts a striking and unfindable 35mm art-deco case with it's original silver white dial, the exactly same combination as in the Universal Genève archives. 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, Tis model was manufactured in 1938, the first year of the Compur's production. The famous Compur line was replaced in the early 1940 by the Uni-Compaxes.
A representation of this 'Art-Déco' rare model is represented in the Universal Genève archives, reproduced page 182 in the famous Pietro Sala's book ' Universal Watch Genève'.
Universal Genève has been on the up and up over the past few years and it's easy to see why. The Compur range 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 burnished steel hands. This example feature a perfect balance of elegance and refinement.
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
Since its inception, Universal Genève has produced watches with unusually high quality for their price point. Universal Genève was among the first brands to introduce a chronograph wristwatch. From 1935 onwards the Compax was the ultimate three-register chronograph from Universal Genève. The immaculate black glossy dial is one of the main highlights of this watch, as it neatly matches the tone of the 18k solid gold case. Additionally, the 38mm size, combined with its thinness, makes for a very modern and comfortable watch.
Today, the firm's vintage models are highly sought-after and desired for their elegant case and dial designs.
- Maker: Universal Genève
- Model: Compur 'Art-Deco' Solid 18k Yellow Gold
- Reference: 12402
- Case N°: 719xxx
- Year: 1938
- Material: Solid 18k Yellow Gold
- Dimentions (WxHxT): 35x42x12,5mm
- Caliber: In House UG 285
- Bracelet/Strap: Brown leather
- Lug width: 19mm
- Box/Papers: N/A
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
This watch is in extremely good condition for its age. Manufactured the first year of the Compur's production, the 18k solid gold 'Art Déco' case is extremely well preserved, and the silver-white dial is stunning. This is a great vintage chronograph, elegant and extremely rare, in 35 years of collecting Universal Genève timepieces, it is the only one that I ever saw. Elegant and the witness of an era with it's stepped lugs and special case, it has a nice presence on the wrist an can be worn for all occasions.