Universal Geneve Cal.7001 18ct c1980

£2,450

100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Inspected, Serviced and Guaranteed

A Beautiful Original and Lightly Used Example

Immaculate 18ct Yellow Gold Swiss Made UG Fully Signed Case

Size Large 36mm, Excluding the Original Universal Crown

Previously Restored Roman Numeral Dial with ‘Dauphine’ Hands

Pristine UG Cal.7001, 17 Jewel Hand-Wound Movement

New Black Lizard Strap & Gold-Plated Clasp

All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition

VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee Included

VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty*

Hardwood Presentation Box Included

Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery

Free UK Special Delivery

VGW Reference: UG1157
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Universal Geneve

It is a surprise to most people outside the watch community that Universal Geneve was once one of the biggest players in the watch industry. Since its early beginnings in 1894, Universal has been highly respected for producing complete watches with in-house movements, and it went on throughout most of the 20th century to deliver numerous important ‘firsts’ in watchmaking. Along with Audemars Piguet, Girard Perregaux, Patek Philippe and Rolex, Universal Geneve is world-renowned, not only for its innovation, craftsmanship and quality, but for its true Swiss manufacture status. This is impressive in itself, but when one considers the company mainly produced advanced chronograph movements, this makes Universal almost unique.

Some Universal firsts: The company was the first company to produce a wrist-worn chronograph in 1917 when the notion of a timepiece worn on a wrist was still a novelty amongst gentlemen of a certain standing. In 1925, the brand submitted some of the first patents for the self-winding watch, called the Auto Rem. In 1934: The creation of the double push-button Compur chronograph wristwatch, which was the first movement equipped with two column wheels and in 1944: The company presents the Tri-Compax, an hour-counter chronograph, with the triple-date calendar and moon-phase display, which went on to become one of watchmakings greatest 20th-century commercial successes.

Universal also became famous in the latter half of the century for its ‘Polerouter’, created by the famous watch designer Gerald Genta. This watch was aimed at and taken up by airline pilots who made flights over the Arctic. Its Cal.215 Microtor movement was another first which has been adopted by many high-end manufacturers such as Patek Philippe.

Description

Here we have a wonderful, previously restored Universal Geneve watch in 18ct yellow gold. This watch is in beautiful condition and is rare due to it being a large 36mm diameter, excluding the Universal Geneve signed crown. This watch is also special, due to having the fluted bezel which we believe adds extra depth and flare to the all round look.

The Dial

The ivory cream dial with black roman numeral hour indices and original, ‘dauphine’ hands is very understated and reminds us of the equivalent Patek automatics of the same period. The contrast of the yellow gold hands and case with the black roman numerals is particularly pleasing, especially with the addition of the perfectly proportioned subsidiary seconds dial just above the 6.

This dial is simple but beautiful with the Universal Geneve brand and signature just below the 12. The dial also states ‘Swiss Made’ at the very bottom.

This dial has been previously restored to a very high standard and as can be seen in the photographs, remains in wonderful condition.

The Movement

The original and pristine Universal Calibre 7001, 17 jewels, hand-wound movement is surely the star of the show. These watch movements are very robust, accurate and reliable making this watch perfectly suitable for both evening wear and everyday use.

The movement has just been thoroughly overhauled and serviced by our watchmaker. This means fully dismantling the watch and movement, ultrasonic cleaning of all parts, close inspection of the critical surfaces under high magnification and replacement as required only with genuine original parts, then careful reassembly and oiling, using all the correct lubricants to manufacturers specification, before final testing and careful calibration. The movement here has a micro regulator allowing for very fine calibration of the movement. This watch is therefore now running perfectly, having been calibrated, tested and timed at +9 seconds per day! This timing is outstanding for any watch of this age and one of the best results we have seen this year. The power reserve is also excellent at 42 hours when fully wound.

The movement is signed ‘Universal Geneve’, ’17 Jewels’, ‘Swiss’, ‘UG27’ and carries the Calibre number 7001.

*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only included if the list price is paid.

The Watch Case

The high-quality Universal Swiss made, heavy 18ct yellow gold case is of a sturdy design with short swept-back lugs and measures an oversized 36mm, not including the original signed Universal crown. This case-back is very interesting, due to having a movement viewing window. This is known as a display case-back which means it was a “salesman” model intended to showcase the automatic microtor movement inside to potential customers.

The case-back has been cleaned, carefully inspected and lightly hand-polished by our case-maker and shows every sign it has been lightly used and well cared for. It has no scratches, dings or other marks visible to the naked eye. The outer edge of the case-back is all correctly signed ‘Universal Geneve’ with the Universal brand and 18ct hallmarks.

As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.

The Strap and Buckle

A high-quality black lizard strap is fitted with a gold-plated clasp. We feel this suits the watch very well, however if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige, free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown burgundy and black straps in stock, in plain, padded leather, alligator, crocodile or lizard skin.

The Box and Papers

Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating the watch to circa 1980.

Detailed particulars will be included with the receipt, along with our 12 months warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will also be provided at the time of sale along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.

The watch also comes complete with a high quality hardwood presentation box, as shown in the photographs.

In Conclusion

This is a very impressive and rare vintage Universal Geneve gentleman’s dress watch with a very high-quality movement, which is ready to wear and very practical for everyday use. If treated with care, this watch will make an excellent investment or heirloom piece. Universal has always benefitted from a first class reputation for the superb quality of their watch movements, just as in the case of Longines, which have been undervalued in the past. With the enormous rise in the interest of vintage watches in the past five years, this disparity is becoming more evident and beginning to result in a well deserved increase in value of Universal watches.

A word on our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before we then restore them to the highest possible standards. We then offer our watches at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post-sales care and service. This approach means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are some well-known stores in West London which are highly successful charging between two to three times the price you see here. We therefore consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.

We are happy to accept payment via PayPal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you would like to pay by UK cheque or by bank transfer, we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving in transaction charges to you. Paying by bank transfer for a 3% saving will not affect your 12 months warranty.

If you have any questions please call us on 0207 727 7095 or if calling from overseas on+44 207 727 7095.

Please note, we also welcome part exchanges.

Please take a look at our other vintage gold watches.

Thank you.