Universal Genève Polerouter Date 'French Import'

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REF 104501
Automatic-winding
35.5 MM
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SKU AS08917
Article Number 40991580
ref 104501
case size 35.5 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1950s
dial color Silver
material Rose Gold
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 19 MM
Includes Brown crocodile strap with unsigned rose gold tone pin buckle.
overall condition The case is in outstanding condition overall showing only light signs of wear from gentle use. Case shows minor oxidation and no signs of refinishing. Multi-tone silver 'sector' dial with applied rose gold 'baton' indices is in equally outstanding condition with matching 'dauphine' handset. Unsigned crown. Caseback engravings and import hallmark are crisp and clear.
REF 104501
Automatic-winding
35.5 MM
– Show less
SKU AS08917
Article Number 40991580
ref 104501
case size 35.5 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1950s
dial color Silver
material Rose Gold
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 19 MM
Includes Brown crocodile strap with unsigned rose gold tone pin buckle.
overall condition The case is in outstanding condition overall showing only light signs of wear from gentle use. Case shows minor oxidation and no signs of refinishing. Multi-tone silver 'sector' dial with applied rose gold 'baton' indices is in equally outstanding condition with matching 'dauphine' handset. Unsigned crown. Caseback engravings and import hallmark are crisp and clear.

Why We Love it

Very rare is the watch that can check multiple boxes in the hearts and heads of watch collectors, which is the very reason that any collector — or future collector — needs a Polerouter.

With its ties to the great Gérald Genta — who was only 24 when he designed it — stunning looks, a horologically-significant movement and an interesting history to boot, the Polerouter offers an amazing value proposition that punches far above its weight class.

This particular Polerouter, a Reference 104501, stands out as something incredibly special. Dating to circa 1959, it features a solid 35.5mm 18K rose gold twisted-lug case with an exceedingly rare, multi-tone silver dial with applied indices and a framed, round date aperture at 3 o'clock, a matching dauphine handset, and UG's Calibre 215-1 automatic-winding 'microtor' movement within.

The culmination of design details such as its twisted lug case, applied logo dial, round date window, and outstanding build quality, leave us with a truly important watch from the most famous watch designer in history.

We first procured and sold this watch, the earliest known example of its reference, nearly a decade ago, and have kept close tabs on it as it passed between private collections here in New York City. When it finally became available once again, we jumped at the chance to present it once more for public offer. Strapping it on your wrist you’ll quickly see why collectors are always on the hunt for exceptional Polerouters — and why this example counts as a holy grail for some!

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.

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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.

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Universal Genève Polerouter Date 'French Import'

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