Universal Genève Compax 1950
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Universal Genéve has become synonymous with chronographs. In the last decade, the sale of their vintage models has risen sharply, with some examples making first-time appearances on the auction circuits. Surely, Universal Genève is a staple of vintage collecting.
So in the 1990s, when Universal Genève wanted to commemorate its centennial, a chronograph was the obvious, if not logical, decision. Thus, Universal Genève produced the Compax 1950, taking for its base the acclaimed Compax of the 1960s.
Already a stunning sports watch, the original Compax was catapulted into the collector's periphery after it became closely associated with famous model Nina Rindt, née Lincoln, who married the legendary Formula One driver Jochen Rindt in 1967. We're certain that the Compax would have become a classic, with or without Nina Rindt, due to its similarities to the Omega Speedmaster and the Heuer Carrera. But when the ever-stylish Nina Rindt put her white-and-black Compax on a leather Bundeswehr strap and wore it to one of Jochen's races, she unknowingly created a juggernaut.
In light of the Compax's undiminished popularity in recent years, the reissue of the 1990s--with its unflagging faithfulness to the original of the 1960s--poses a unique value proposition. Its silhouette should be familiar to collectors, with sharp, twisted lugs and bezel reminiscent of the Omega Speedmaster's. The dial, too, is familiar, with the "panda" color-way that characterized the "Nina Rindt."
Driven by a Lemania Calibre 1873, essentially an Omega Caliber .861, the Compax 1950 is as mechanically robust as it is beautiful.
As with the 1960s models, for the reissue Universal Genève also experimented with a kaleidoscope of dial colors. This one (a Reference 884.475), with its burgundy bezel and chronograph sub-registers, is a playful take on the panda of the Nina Rindt. Since exotic-dial Compaxes from the 1960s command a hefty premium in today's market, this reissue gives collectors a chance to wear a colorful chrono with the same feel and wearability as its vintage counterparts.
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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.
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Universal Genève Compax 1950