Universal Genève White Shadow

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Automatic
35 MM
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SKU AS04507
Article Number 40990215
case size 35 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Gray
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Stainless steel multi-link bracelet with signed blade clasp.
overall condition The case is in outstanding, virtually unworn condition overall showing only faint signs of wear from careful handling. Sunburst grey dial with applied indices is in equally outstanding condition with matching handset. Signed crown. Intact factory caseback sticker.
Automatic
35 MM
– Show less
SKU AS04507
Article Number 40990215
case size 35 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Gray
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Stainless steel multi-link bracelet with signed blade clasp.
overall condition The case is in outstanding, virtually unworn condition overall showing only faint signs of wear from careful handling. Sunburst grey dial with applied indices is in equally outstanding condition with matching handset. Signed crown. Intact factory caseback sticker.

Why We Love it

You’re looking at one of Gérald Genta’s first notable watch designs. 

That’s right — before he put pen to paper and created the Royal Oak for Audemars Piguet and the Nautilus for Patek Philippe, the young Swiss designer made the White Shadow for Universal Genève. Elegant and comfortable, it’s one of the more interesting vintage dress watch designs both from an aesthetic and a technical perspective.

Thanks to its record-breaking, slim automatic movement, the White Shadow is a supremely comfortable watch. The cushion shaped case is impressively thin, but it’s also wide enough to feel substantial. UG produced this model in several configurations, but this particular example has to be one of the handsomest we’ve seen.

Dating to the 1970s, it features a 35mm stainless steel case, a signed crown, an acrylic crystal, a matching stainless steel bracelet with a signed UG clasp, and a grey sunburst dial with applied white baton indices and a matching white stick handset. What’s more, it’s powered by the Universal Genève Cal. 2-66 automatic movement with micro-rotor, and even comes with its case back sticker. 

There are lots of great affordable dress watches out there, but few can match the White Shadow’s pedigree. 

It’s elegant, innovative and unusual — quite the combination!

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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