Universal Genève Tri-Compax Moonphase

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REF 881101/03
Manual
36 MM
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SKU AS03090
ref 881101/03
case size 36 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Blue
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 19 MM
Includes Correct Gay Freres stainless steel multi-link bracelet dated 1-69 with 'UP' end links and signed clasp.
REF 881101/03
Manual
36 MM
– Show less
SKU AS03090
ref 881101/03
case size 36 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Blue
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 19 MM
Includes Correct Gay Freres stainless steel multi-link bracelet dated 1-69 with 'UP' end links and signed clasp.

Why We Love it

The term 'Grail' in wristwatch collecting suggests a stature of rarity, excellence, historical significance, and an emotional 'X-Factor' that blurs the lines between reason and heart. Most of the time, however, the word is overused and applied simply to expensive watches that are hard to get new at retail. This is not one of those times.

The Universal Genève Tri-Compax line is one of the most desirable series of complicated vintage models ever made. Debuting before the Second World War, the Tri-Compax combines high-end manufacture with outstanding designs that evolved with the times, and offers the wearer chronograph, calendar, and moonphase functionality. While brands such as Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin may take the prize for the most expensive calendar chronographs, the mid-century offerings from Universal are absolutely mouth-watering.

The piece we have offered here is a Reference 881101/03, dating from the 1960s. It combines the signature HF twisted lug case design popularized by watches such as the Omega Speedmaster and Universal Genève 'Nina Rindt' chronographs with a complete calendar moonphase movement in the form of the Calibre .281. 

Sized at approximately 36mm, it sports an exceedingly rare and stunning navy sunburst dial with contrasting white subsidiary registers and an outer tachymètre bezel. Depending on lighting conditions the dial comes off as radiant blue to light grey, and offers a visual feast. Furthermore, there is a three-dimensionality to this reference that isn't as identifiable on others, with recessed sub-registers, day & month indicators, and moonphase, alongside raised luminous indices and a raised inner chapter ring with blue markings. Add on an acrylic crystal, correct Gay Freres multi-link bracelet with signed clasp, and a perfect level of patination, and you've got yourself a genuine, bonafide grail watch.

This outstanding piece comes from the personal collection of our Founder, and there is no saying when or where another in this condition will surface.

Overall Condition

The case is in great condition overall, showing light wear consistent with age and use. Caseback engravings have been obscured by wear. Luminous blue sunburst 'Panda' dial is in very good condition throughout, showing light signs of patination and minor wear from age. Luminous handset shows matching patina. Signed crown.

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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Universal Genève Tri-Compax Moonphase

Universal Genève Tri-Compax Moonphase

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Universal Genève Tri-Compax Moonphase

Why We Love it

The term 'Grail' in wristwatch collecting suggests a stature of rarity, excellence, historical significance, and an emotional 'X-Factor' that blurs the lines between reason and heart. Most of the time, however, the word is overused and applied simply to expensive watches that are hard to get new at retail. This is not one of those times.

The Universal Genève Tri-Compax line is one of the most desirable series of complicated vintage models ever made. Debuting before the Second World War, the Tri-Compax combines high-end manufacture with outstanding designs that evolved with the times, and offers the wearer chronograph, calendar, and moonphase functionality. While brands such as Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin may take the prize for the most expensive calendar chronographs, the mid-century offerings from Universal are absolutely mouth-watering.

The piece we have offered here is a Reference 881101/03, dating from the 1960s. It combines the signature HF twisted lug case design popularized by watches such as the Omega Speedmaster and Universal Genève 'Nina Rindt' chronographs with a complete calendar moonphase movement in the form of the Calibre .281. 

Sized at approximately 36mm, it sports an exceedingly rare and stunning navy sunburst dial with contrasting white subsidiary registers and an outer tachymètre bezel. Depending on lighting conditions the dial comes off as radiant blue to light grey, and offers a visual feast. Furthermore, there is a three-dimensionality to this reference that isn't as identifiable on others, with recessed sub-registers, day & month indicators, and moonphase, alongside raised luminous indices and a raised inner chapter ring with blue markings. Add on an acrylic crystal, correct Gay Freres multi-link bracelet with signed clasp, and a perfect level of patination, and you've got yourself a genuine, bonafide grail watch.

This outstanding piece comes from the personal collection of our Founder, and there is no saying when or where another in this condition will surface.

Overall Condition

The case is in great condition overall, showing light wear consistent with age and use. Caseback engravings have been obscured by wear. Luminous blue sunburst 'Panda' dial is in very good condition throughout, showing light signs of patination and minor wear from age. Luminous handset shows matching patina. Signed crown.

Brand Story

+
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

+

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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