Universal Geneve In Rose Gold With Salmon Dial

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The History

The salmon or pink gold-colored dial has been very much in vogue with watch lovers over the last few years. Brands such as Audemars Piguet, Gronefeld, Montblanc, and more have released salmon dialed watches recently that have been all the rage and we totally understand why. The Salmon dial has an undeniable allure that is hard to describe, but you understand it when you see it. It is more reserved than the bold blues and greens yet still has a special charisma that the standard whites, blacks, and silvers seem to lack. It is refined, classic and just the right amount of daring. The origin of the salmon dial seems to date back to the art deco period when watches started to appear cased in rose gold with dials colored to match the case material. Then in the 1930s watches started to be produced with salmon dials cased in contrasting metals. Collectors quickly caught on and the watches have been beloved by the collecting community ever since, although the salmon moniker is a more recent nickname given by collectors that the brands have started to adopt.


The Reference

The Universal Genever reference 10208 is a rarely seen yet striking watch from the diverse UG catalog of the 1950s. The rose gold case comes in at a large for the day 36mm, but it is the distinct lugs that define its design. The shape can be described as a knife edge that is placed on a negative camber that gives the perception of varying widths depending on the angle from which they are viewed. Absolutely not to be overlooked is the stunning salmon colored dial. The design could be described as deceptively simple due to the amazing small details that all blend together to create a simple unified design. From its Clous de Paris hobnail guilloché dial to matching applied hobnail and Arabic numeral indices, to its minimal dial printing and elegant sword hands, this watch is nothing short of fantastic.


The Case

The 36mm rose gold case is in excellent condition with no major flaws to note and only the infrequent superficial scratches that accompany a watch of this age. The caseback reference and serial number markings are deep and clear and the crown appears to be correct. The crystal is also in excellent condition. The watch comes on a generic leather strap with a rose gold buckle.


The Dial and Hands

The dial and hands, like the case, are in excellent condition. As described above the dial is a beautiful salmon color and features Clous de Paris hobnail guilloché, matching applied hobnail and Arabic numeral indices, and elegant sword hands. All components are correct and thought to be original.


The Movement

This watch is powered by an automatic Universal Geneve bumper movement calibre 139. The watch is running well but the service history is unknown.


Seller Morillo55
Auction Number 245
Location New York City
Brand Universal Geneve
Model Time Only
Reference Number 10208
Movement Universal Geneve Bumper Calibre 139
Year 1950s
Dial Salmon
Case Width 36mm
Case Material 18k Rose Gold
Band Material Leather Strap
Clasp Type Buckle
Original Box No
Original Papers No
Seller Type Dealer

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