Universal Genève Compax

Regular price
$10,700
Regular price
Sale price
$10,700
REF 222101/1
Manual-winding
36 MM
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SKU AS06552
ref 222101/1
case size 36 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Silver
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 19
Includes Includes Wash Blue Ralstra International perforated rallye-style leather strap with drilled stainless steel pin buckle.
REF 222101/1
Manual-winding
36 MM
– Show less
SKU AS06552
ref 222101/1
case size 36 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Silver
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 19 MM
Includes Includes Wash Blue Ralstra International perforated rallye-style leather strap with drilled stainless steel pin buckle.

Why We Love it

Universal Genève is a very special brand, and one that most of us here at Analog:Shift and vintage enthusiasts alike feel very strongly about.

While probably best known for the Polerouter, the line of chronographs known as the 'Compax' is a close second - and for us, the ranks as one of the most desired models of vintage chronographs.

Ever since its debut in the 1940s, it has seen numerous iterations ranging from more complicated and elegant dress pieces - to proper sporty racing chronographs with a more substantial case.

This particular Compax, a Reference 222101/1, exists somewhere in the middle. There’s an undoubted elegance to the layout of the dial, but the fact that the case is steel makes it more utilitarian than that of a precious metal. Dating to the early 1960s, it features a 36mm twisted-lug case, a brushed silver Tritium dial with radial brushed sub registers and a blue tachymeter chapter ring, a matching dauphine handset, and UG's Calibre 281 mhand-cranking chronograph movement within.

The culmination of design details like the brushed dial with the applied 'U' logo at 12:00, the gorgeous twisted-lug case, and the elegant dauphine handset, leave us with a truly excellent package that represents phenomenal value next to its better know competitors in its day such as the Rolex Daytona and Heuer Carrera. 

When you strap it on your wrist you’ll quickly see why collectors are always on the hunt for exceptional Compaxes such as this one!

Overall Condition

The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Brushed silver Tritium dial with tachymeter chapter ring is in equally excellent condition with matching 'dauphine' handset. Unsigned crown.

Brand Story

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Universal Genève was founded in 1894 by Numa-Emile Descombes and Ulysse George Perret.
In the brand's earliest days, it established itself as a manufacturer of in-house movements of exceptional quality. Universal Genève was also among the first watch manufactures to specialize in wristwatches. In 1897, Louis Eduoard Berthoud — noted designer of complicated watch movements — joined the company. His involvement ensured Universal Genève's supremacy in the development of complicated watches in the 20th Century.
It was under Berthoud's leadership that the brand's reputation as a producer of chronographs was solidified. Chronographs, in particular — namely the Compur and the Compax lines — attracted the attention of watch aficionados, aviators, and militaries around the world. Even the Royal Family of the Netherlands issued a royal charter for Universal Genève to outfit the Dutch military with its chronographs.
Universal Genève was also once responsible for some of the most beautiful dress and time-only watches of the mid-20th century. From the purpose-driven Polerouter to the ornate Cabriolet, UG had a touch all its own and breathed incredible beauty and craftsmanship into every piece they produced. Although the brand is currently dormant, there is tremendous interest in collector circles for vintage models, and is regarded very highly by horological historians and design enthusiasts alike.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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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.

Make it yours will fit standard 19mm watches

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Universal Genève Compax

Universal Genève Compax

Regular price
$10,700
Regular price
Sale price
$10,700
Universal Genève Compax

Why We Love it

Universal Genève is a very special brand, and one that most of us here at Analog:Shift and vintage enthusiasts alike feel very strongly about.

While probably best known for the Polerouter, the line of chronographs known as the 'Compax' is a close second - and for us, the ranks as one of the most desired models of vintage chronographs.

Ever since its debut in the 1940s, it has seen numerous iterations ranging from more complicated and elegant dress pieces - to proper sporty racing chronographs with a more substantial case.

This particular Compax, a Reference 222101/1, exists somewhere in the middle. There’s an undoubted elegance to the layout of the dial, but the fact that the case is steel makes it more utilitarian than that of a precious metal. Dating to the early 1960s, it features a 36mm twisted-lug case, a brushed silver Tritium dial with radial brushed sub registers and a blue tachymeter chapter ring, a matching dauphine handset, and UG's Calibre 281 mhand-cranking chronograph movement within.

The culmination of design details like the brushed dial with the applied 'U' logo at 12:00, the gorgeous twisted-lug case, and the elegant dauphine handset, leave us with a truly excellent package that represents phenomenal value next to its better know competitors in its day such as the Rolex Daytona and Heuer Carrera. 

When you strap it on your wrist you’ll quickly see why collectors are always on the hunt for exceptional Compaxes such as this one!

Overall Condition

The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Brushed silver Tritium dial with tachymeter chapter ring is in equally excellent condition with matching 'dauphine' handset. Unsigned crown.

Brand Story

+
Universal Genève was founded in 1894 by Numa-Emile Descombes and Ulysse George Perret.
In the brand's earliest days, it established itself as a manufacturer of in-house movements of exceptional quality. Universal Genève was also among the first watch manufactures to specialize in wristwatches. In 1897, Louis Eduoard Berthoud — noted designer of complicated watch movements — joined the company. His involvement ensured Universal Genève's supremacy in the development of complicated watches in the 20th Century.
It was under Berthoud's leadership that the brand's reputation as a producer of chronographs was solidified. Chronographs, in particular — namely the Compur and the Compax lines — attracted the attention of watch aficionados, aviators, and militaries around the world. Even the Royal Family of the Netherlands issued a royal charter for Universal Genève to outfit the Dutch military with its chronographs.
Universal Genève was also once responsible for some of the most beautiful dress and time-only watches of the mid-20th century. From the purpose-driven Polerouter to the ornate Cabriolet, UG had a touch all its own and breathed incredible beauty and craftsmanship into every piece they produced. Although the brand is currently dormant, there is tremendous interest in collector circles for vintage models, and is regarded very highly by horological historians and design enthusiasts alike.

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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.

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