1942 Universal Geneve Oversized Compax - Ref. 22496
A gorgeous and rare oversized Chronograph with long curved lugs.
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 particulary rare example boasts an impressive oversized 38mm case. Universal Genève chronograps were usually much 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.
Today, the firm's vintage models are highly sought-after and desired for their case and dial designs.
- Maker: Universal Geneve
- Model: Compax
- Reference: 22496
- Case N°: 972xxx
- Year: 1942
- Material: Stainless steel
- Dimensions (WxHxT): 38x47x14mm
- Caliber: In House Universal 287
- Bracelet/Strap: Original NOS Universal Genève
- Lug width: 18mm
- Box/Papers: N/A
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
This unrepolished chronograph is in extremely good condition for its age. Oversized cases are very rare and especially this particular one, the original two-tone silver dial with 'cathedral' blued steel hands looks stunning. The rare original UG pinbucle comes with a 'new old stock' UG leather band dating from 1942. This is a fine and scarce vintage chronograph, elegant and dashing, with a nicepresence on the wrist, perfect for everyday wear.