Universal Genève Uni-Compax

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REF 12445
Manual-winding
34.5 MM
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SKU AS08618
Article Number 40991379
ref 12445
case size 34.5 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1940s
dial color Silver
material Yellow Gold
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Analog:Shift Byrd Blue Cervo leather strap with gold-plated pin buckle.
material Cervo
overall condition The case is in good condition overall showing signs of light previous polishing and normal signs of wear from age and use with a few impressions on mid-case and evenly thick lugs. Satin silver dial with recessed 'radial' subsidiary registers is in great condition, showing light even patination throughout with light degradation around outer tachymeter scale. Blued-steel 'feuille; handset shows heavy oxidation throughout. Unsigned crown.
REF 12445
Manual-winding
34.5 MM
– Show less
SKU AS08618
Article Number 40991379
ref 12445
case size 34.5 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1940s
dial color Silver
material Yellow Gold
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Analog:Shift Byrd Blue Cervo leather strap with gold-plated pin buckle.
material Cervo
overall condition The case is in good condition overall showing signs of light previous polishing and normal signs of wear from age and use with a few impressions on mid-case and evenly thick lugs. Satin silver dial with recessed 'radial' subsidiary registers is in great condition, showing light even patination throughout with light degradation around outer tachymeter scale. Blued-steel 'feuille; handset shows heavy oxidation throughout. Unsigned crown.

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, full stop.

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 piece, a two-register Uni-Compax Reference 12445, is the former of the two.

Dating to circa 1945, it features 34.5mm case with square pushers, an acrylic crystal, a satin silver dial with radial brushed sub registers and an outer tachymeter scale, a matching blued-steel handset, and UG's Calibre 285 hand-cranking chronograph movement within.

This early example remains in strong condition overall and represents nearly everything that we love about old UG. Fantastic build quality executed in a functional package with looks to die for.

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

We are massive fans and are delighted to offer this one here.

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.

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