Universal Genève Bumper Wind
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
There is fire sweeping through the inner circles of the New York City collector community that can be summed up in two words: Universal Genève.
Until recently, this high end Swiss brand was little-known outside of their Polerouter models (designed by a young Gerald Genta), but recently, intense interest among collectors and enthusiasts has pulled the largely defunct manufacture into the limelight - a light that has long been overdue.
Universal Genève was once responsible for some of the most beautiful dress watches and chronographs from the mid-20th century. From the purpose-driven to the ornate, UG had a touch all its own and breathed incredible beauty and craftsmanship into every piece they produced. While there has been some contemporary stirring from the brand (they released a manually-wound limited edition Compax at Basel World in 2009), it is Universal Genève's sumptuous vintage stylings that have the Big Apple all abuzz.
The piece we have for you here is a shining example of just how capable the brand once was at producing stunning high quality gentlemen's wrist wear. A simple but elegant 35mm steel case wraps a textured two piece dial with luminescent markers and sword hands. Internally, the watch houses a Calibre 138SS bumper-wind automatic movement, the same found in early iterations of the aforementioned Polerouter. The best part? This gorgeous piece comes complete with its original box and papers from the famous Henri Stern Watch Agency at Rockefeller Center in New York City - the very same company that brought Patek Philippe to the United States and sold Universal Geneve alongside.
In nearly flawless original condition, the only signs of aging are the creamy luminescent elements on the dial and hands - and a subtle radiation burn on the dial, caused by the hands remaining stationary for decades! This is really a time capsule watch, and an absolutely brilliant one at that.
Eat your heart out, Don Draper.
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Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Universal Genève Bumper Wind