Universal Genève Unisonic

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SKU AS01377
SKU AS01377

Why We Love it

By now, Universal Genève shouldn't be an unknown entity among watch aficionados. The brand attained a reputation in its heyday for well-constructed, aesthetically-appealing designs, typified in the Compax and Polerouter models. Yet even with its commitment to aesthetic excellence, Universal Genève was no stranger to innovation. Bulova's introduction of the Accutron 218 movement in 1965 intrigued and impressed brands and consumers alike, and Universal Genève sought to implement this new technology, a decade before the Quartz Revolution changed the watchmaking game forever. The Unisonic was the result. 

The Accutron 218 simplified the design of the now-iconic Accutron Spaceview 214 movement. We've already covered the Accutron Spaceview 214, its conception by Max Hetzel and how the tuning fork ensured increased accuracy by eschewing the balance wheel. The parts were interchangeable, and the twin coils of the Accutron 218 allowed for easier (and cheaper) servicing.  It even incorporated a handy 12-6 quickset capability, making for easy day to day wear.  

But of course Universal Genève couldn't just take an ébauche from Bulova and plop it into a case. Each movement that went into a Unisonic received the UG treatment: parts that weren't actually produced by Universal Genève were finished in Switzerland, painstaking attention to detail which made the Unisonic one of the most expensive electric watches of the period.  The result was a stunning and innovative timepiece that merged UG's attentive Swiss design language with future-forward American movement, a marriage artfully denoted by the unique UG/Accutron logo printed on the watch's dial (cool, right?).  

This particular Unisonic is crisp and clean, a prime example of the model.  Coupling the elegance of Universal Genève with true technological innovation, this is a piece of horological history, a relic from that transitional period between the introduction of the tuning fork and the Quartz Revolution.

Interesting electric watches rarely make it to our site - either because they get squirreled away in our permanent collection or scooped up by enterprising collectors - but we're excited to be able to offer up this ultra-clean tuning fork timepiece from one of our favorite brands.   

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.

Universal Genève Unisonic

Universal Genève Unisonic

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Universal Genève Unisonic

Why We Love it

By now, Universal Genève shouldn't be an unknown entity among watch aficionados. The brand attained a reputation in its heyday for well-constructed, aesthetically-appealing designs, typified in the Compax and Polerouter models. Yet even with its commitment to aesthetic excellence, Universal Genève was no stranger to innovation. Bulova's introduction of the Accutron 218 movement in 1965 intrigued and impressed brands and consumers alike, and Universal Genève sought to implement this new technology, a decade before the Quartz Revolution changed the watchmaking game forever. The Unisonic was the result. 

The Accutron 218 simplified the design of the now-iconic Accutron Spaceview 214 movement. We've already covered the Accutron Spaceview 214, its conception by Max Hetzel and how the tuning fork ensured increased accuracy by eschewing the balance wheel. The parts were interchangeable, and the twin coils of the Accutron 218 allowed for easier (and cheaper) servicing.  It even incorporated a handy 12-6 quickset capability, making for easy day to day wear.  

But of course Universal Genève couldn't just take an ébauche from Bulova and plop it into a case. Each movement that went into a Unisonic received the UG treatment: parts that weren't actually produced by Universal Genève were finished in Switzerland, painstaking attention to detail which made the Unisonic one of the most expensive electric watches of the period.  The result was a stunning and innovative timepiece that merged UG's attentive Swiss design language with future-forward American movement, a marriage artfully denoted by the unique UG/Accutron logo printed on the watch's dial (cool, right?).  

This particular Unisonic is crisp and clean, a prime example of the model.  Coupling the elegance of Universal Genève with true technological innovation, this is a piece of horological history, a relic from that transitional period between the introduction of the tuning fork and the Quartz Revolution.

Interesting electric watches rarely make it to our site - either because they get squirreled away in our permanent collection or scooped up by enterprising collectors - but we're excited to be able to offer up this ultra-clean tuning fork timepiece from one of our favorite brands.   

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.

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