Universal Genève Ultra Slim 'Kanji' Dress Watch
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Universal Genève is a true vintage watch nerd's type of brand, and we're happy to see it's been growing in popularity and getting the recognition we feel it deserves.
Dating back to 1894, Universal earned its reputation by building beautiful watches powered by their innovative in-house movements, rather than using off-the-shelf parts like many of their Swiss counterparts. They were an early pioneer of chronographs with their Compax line in the 30's and 40's, brought us the timeless Polerouter in the 1950's, and put the world's thinnest automatic movement into the stunning White Shadow in the 1960's. That's quite a track record, but there is so much more to UG than just those models: Indeed, some of their simple field and dress watches offer incredible value and are beautiful to behold, to boot.
Take this simple, gold-plated dress piece, for example: It features an incredible Kanji dial in place of a more standard Arabic or Roman example, adding interest that’s difficult to find in your average modern timepiece. While it’s thin enough to slip easily under a cuff and remain inconspicuous, this delightful, small variation is enough to capture the attention of even the most jaded horological aficionado.
This particular watch from the 1970s is housed in a 31mm yellow gold-plated case with a snapback, a signed crown, and an acrylic crystal. It features a satin champagne dial with printed Kanji indices and a matching feuille handset. Powered by the manually wound Universal Genève Calibre 42 movement, it comes paired to a lovely green calf leather strap with s gold plated pin buckle.
In excellent condition for its age and affordably priced, this 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 in his or her dress watches.
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The case is in very good condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Brushed champagne dial with printed 'Kanji' indices is in excellent condition with matching 'feuille' handset. Signed crown.
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.
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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.
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Universal Genève Ultra Slim 'Kanji' Dress Watch