Universal Genève Compax Ref. 885103/02 - Nina Rindt
Universal Geneve was one of the many great brands that succumbed to the quartz crisis of the 1970s. While they disappeared, it was not for their lack of impressive watches. To underscore that fact, keep in mind that Henri Stern Watch Agency has only ever sold two brand: Patek Philippe, and Universal Geneve.
This watch hails from their mid-century efforts, and is known simply as the ‘Compax’. Far simpler than the high complication ‘Tri-Compax’ which is a better known, and somehow more common model - these elegant watches featured twisted lug cases from Huguenin Freres and in-house Universal Geneve calibres.
The present example is a stunningly clean and attractive variant of the reference, and does not look it’s age at all! The dial is crisp with excellent printing and a mastery of center brushed and high polished finishings to contract time-keeping from the chronograph functionality. Finishing off the model are its original crown, and beautifully paired Oliver & Clarke handmade leather strap worthy of such an elegant mid-century watch.
*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.
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