1942 Universal Geneve Military Compax - Ref. 22493
A Rare and Striking Military Chronograph.
WHY IS THIS WATCH SPECIAL
The Compax is a quintessential chronograph from Universal Genève; with its balanced dial and well-proportioned case, this watch has maintained its timelessness flawlessly. This Compax illustrates the beauty of Universal Genève’s production in the 1940s, with a two-tone silver dial that bears military lume dots and complements the elegant yet modern 36mm stainless steel case.
This particulary rare example is in extremely good condition and houses an original near to mint triple scales military dial with 'Sword' blued hands. Universal Genève chronographs were usually smaller at the time. Launched in around 1935, the Universal Genève Compax range of chronographs featured for the first time in watchmaking history a movement with the second column wheel under the dial.
Universal Genève was founded in LeLocle, Switzerland in 1894 and was known as "Universal Watch". 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 two-tone silver '3 scales' military dial is one of the main highlights of this watch, as it neatly matches the tone of the stainless steel case. Additionally, the 36mm 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 Geneve
- Model: Compax
- Reference: 22493
- Case N°: 971xxx
- Year: 1942
- Material: Stainless steel
- Dimensions (WxHxT): 36x44x13mm
- Caliber: In House Universal 287
- Bracelet/Strap: Black Leather
- Lug width: 19mm
- Box/Papers: N/A
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
This watch is in extremely good condition for its age. Military dials are very rare and this particular one is very well preserved, the original two-tone silver dial with 'Sword' blued steel hands looks great. This is a fine and rare vintage militarychronograph, elegant and dashing, with a nicepresence on the wrist, perfect for everyday wear.