Universal Genève Dress Watch For J.E. Caldwell & Co.

Regular price
$2,650
Regular price
Sale price
$2,650
REF 20219
Automatic
33.5 MM
– Show less
SKU AS04146
Article Number 40990135
ref 20219
case size 33.5 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1950s
dial color Silver
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Analog:Shift Kovacs Brown Montone leather strap with steel pin buckle.
material Montone
REF 20219
Automatic
33.5 MM
– Show less
SKU AS04146
Article Number 40990135
ref 20219
case size 33.5 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1950s
dial color Silver
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Analog:Shift Kovacs Brown Montone leather strap with steel pin buckle.
material Montone

Why We Love it

While Universal Genève may be most famed for its Compax chronographs and the Polerouter, its svelte dress watches are equally compelling.

Throughout the latter half of the 20th century, UG designed simple, time-only watches alongside its more complicated brethren that played with shape, color, and design in interesting and novel ways.

Take this charming timepiece, for example: A time-only steel watch, double-signed by J.E. Caldwell & Co - a storied Jeweler in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who originally retailed the timepiece. This signature, as obscure as it might be for those outside the Keystone State, is a window into how the industry used to be run. Today, finding a retailer signature on a contemporary piece is incredibly rare and usually only found on ultra-luxury brands. But in the 1950s the world of mechanical timekeeping was experiencing boom times, and major houses such as Universal Genève were more than happy to produce special dials for their key accounts.

It features a 33.5mm twisted-lug case with an acrylic crystal, a satin silver dial with applied 'dart and 'Arabic' indices, a matching 'dauphine' handset, and a Universal Genève Calibre 138SS automatic winding 'bumper' movement within.

Fitted to one of our Analog:Shift straps, this fantastic piece is the perfect entryway into Universal Genève for the budding collector, or an excellent addition to an established collection for the person who appreciates something just a little bit different - or rather, very funky.

Sure to garner knowing nods of approval from the inner enthusiast circle, this is a killer option from one of our absolute favorite brands - full stop.

Overall Condition

The case is in very good condition overall showing signs of light previous polishing and light wear from age and use. Satin silver dial Radium dial with applied 'dart and 'Arabic' quadrant indices shows light, even patination 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.

Make it yours will fit standard 18mm watches

Islay Brown Suede Strap
Islay Brown Suede Strap
Regular price
$79
Regular price
Sale price
$79
Casablanca Brown II Suede Strap
Casablanca Brown II Suede Strap
Regular price
$79
Regular price
Sale price
$79
Universal Genève Dress Watch For J.E. Caldwell & Co.

Universal Genève Dress Watch For J.E. Caldwell & Co.

Regular price
$2,650
Regular price
Sale price
$2,650
Universal Genève Dress Watch For J.E. Caldwell & Co.

Why We Love it

While Universal Genève may be most famed for its Compax chronographs and the Polerouter, its svelte dress watches are equally compelling.

Throughout the latter half of the 20th century, UG designed simple, time-only watches alongside its more complicated brethren that played with shape, color, and design in interesting and novel ways.

Take this charming timepiece, for example: A time-only steel watch, double-signed by J.E. Caldwell & Co - a storied Jeweler in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who originally retailed the timepiece. This signature, as obscure as it might be for those outside the Keystone State, is a window into how the industry used to be run. Today, finding a retailer signature on a contemporary piece is incredibly rare and usually only found on ultra-luxury brands. But in the 1950s the world of mechanical timekeeping was experiencing boom times, and major houses such as Universal Genève were more than happy to produce special dials for their key accounts.

It features a 33.5mm twisted-lug case with an acrylic crystal, a satin silver dial with applied 'dart and 'Arabic' indices, a matching 'dauphine' handset, and a Universal Genève Calibre 138SS automatic winding 'bumper' movement within.

Fitted to one of our Analog:Shift straps, this fantastic piece is the perfect entryway into Universal Genève for the budding collector, or an excellent addition to an established collection for the person who appreciates something just a little bit different - or rather, very funky.

Sure to garner knowing nods of approval from the inner enthusiast circle, this is a killer option from one of our absolute favorite brands - full stop.

Overall Condition

The case is in very good condition overall showing signs of light previous polishing and light wear from age and use. Satin silver dial Radium dial with applied 'dart and 'Arabic' quadrant indices shows light, even patination 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.

Inquire

Thank you for your interest in the Universal Genève Dress Watch For J.E. Caldwell & Co.. Please fill out the form below and we will get back to you shortly.