In what is often considered a dark time for Universal Geneve, the Compax line during the 90s remained very true to the highly desirable chronographs produced by the brand in the 1960s. After years of trying to push quartz versions of their popular models during the 70s and 80s to less than successful results, Universal Geneve found themselves in dire financial straits and ultimately would be sold off to Hong Kong based Stelux in 1989. While not true for all Stelux era UG’s, the Compax line, and this model in particular, pays homage in all the right ways to the line’s golden area watches. Its 37mm case, blue and silver panda dial, with matching blue bezel insert, and manually wound Lemania 1873 movement, make this watch a great option for those looking for a Nina on a budget.
This example is in exceptional condition and comes with its original inner and outer box, and hang tag. It was purchased by the current owner from Berlin based vintage watch retailer Shuck The Oyster.
The 37mm stainless steel case is in excellent condition and shows almost no signs of wear outside of some small scratches on the screwdown caseback. All of the components are correct for the watch and thought to be original. The bezel, pushers, and crown are gold and provide a nice compliment to the watch hands and hour markers. The acrylic crystal adds to the vintage feel of the watch and is in matching excellent condition.
The Dial and Hands
The silvered dial with blue concentric grooved subdials, gold dauphine hands, and applied hour markers is in excellent condition which matches the rest of the watch. As a result of a well fitting movement, the sundial layout on the dial fits very nicely and results in a well balanced and uncluttered design.
This watch features a Universal Geneve signed Lemania 1873 chronograph movement. The Lemania 1873 is a much beloved movement and is the base for the more well known Omega 861 movement that powers many a Speedmaster. The watch is running well and the service history is not known.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Manual, Lemania 1873|
|Dial||Silver with blue subdials|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel and Gold|
|Original Box||Yes, inner and outer with hang tag|