Universal Geneve Regulateur 18ct 1962
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Inspected, Serviced and Guaranteed
A Beautiful Original and Lightly Used Example
Size Large 34mm, excluding the Original Universal Crown
Immaculate 18ct Yellow Gold UG Swiss, Fully Signed Case
High Grade 15 Jewel Hand Wound Movement in Wonderful Condition
Distinctive Pleated Dial, Beautifully Restored, with Original ‘Index’ Hands
High Quality Unique Universal Geneve Brown Leather Strap
All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee Included
High Quality Black Presentation Box Included
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty*
Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery
Free UK Special Delivery
It is a big 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, which is most unusual because many bought in parts and complete movements. Throughout most of the 20th century, Universal Genève delivered many important ‘firsts’ in watchmaking. Along with neighbours Audemars Piguet, Girard Perregaux, Patek Philippe and Rolex, Universal is world renown, 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 Geneve firsts include: The first 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 it 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. In 1944: The company presented the Tri-Compax. an hour-counter chronograph, with triple-date calendar and moon-phase display, which went on to become one of watchmaking’s greatest 20th-century commercial successes.
Universal also became famous in the latter half of the century for its ‘Polerouter’. Initially created for Scandinavian Air Services, this watch was created by the famous watch designer Gerald Genta. It was worn by airline pilots making flights to California via the Arctic Circle for the first time. The Polerouter Cal.215 micro-rotor movement was another first, taking up much less space than an external rotor. This design has been adopted by many high-end manufacturers such as Patek Philippe and Lange & Söhne.
Universal is sometimes referred to as the poor man’s Patek Philippe, such is the quality of its movements. The dial you see here is stunning, two subdials, framed with the minute dash marker and a wonderful red centre hand, simple yet beautiful.
This watch is some what of a mystery to us, having thoroughly researched it we have found other examples, however, the movement and the case being unsigned does leave some debate as to the origin of this watch.
The outstanding, previously restored white dial is very simple and elegant with an hour subdial at the top just below 12, a subsidiary seconds dial at the bottom of the dial just above 6, both matched with a gilt ‘stick’ hands and a gold colored outer minute dash marker which is swept by a ‘needle’ hand. Simple and incredibly pleasing. The name ‘regulateur’ means to have the hours, minutes and seconds all on different parts of the dial, this dial is such a beautiful example.
The dial is signed ‘Universal Geneve’ in the top hour subdial along with ‘antimagnetic’ on the right hand side of the dial with ‘ancre 25 rubies’ on the left hand side of the dial.
This dial has been previously restored to a very high standard, yet remains in outstanding condition.
The movement fitted to the watch is a high grade 15 Jewel movement which has been fully serviced and is running wonderfully.
The movement is in very clean condition having just completed a full overhaul and service by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker. This means it has been completely dismantled to each of its component parts before cleaning and inspection under high magnification, replacement where necessary with only genuine Rolex parts, then careful reassembly, adjustment and oiling to Rolex specification, before final calibration and testing. The movement is now running accurately within +11 seconds per day. We are therefore confident in offering this watch with a 12-month written warranty*.
The movement is simply signed ‘Swiss Made’ along with ’15 Jewels’.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
The totally original, wonderful 18ct yellow gold case measures 34mm in diameter, excluding the correct signed crown. The case is of a three-piece design with a press-fit case-back and carries attractive straight lugs. This is highly unusual and rare to find on a wristwatch as opposed to a pocket watch. It is solid, elegant and of obvious very high quality.
The press-fit case-back is of full thickness and has never been engraved. The case has been cleaned, carefully inspected, and lightly hand-polished by our case-maker and shows no scratches, dings or other marks visible to the naked eye.
The exterior of the case back is simply signed ‘Swiss Made’.
As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap and Buckle
The watch is fitted with a high quality, rather unique, Universal Geneve brown leather strap which has 5 possible adjustments, we feel suits the watch perfectly. However, if a different colour or different style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to provide your choice, free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown and black in stock in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin and can also obtain most types and colours from our partners at ‘Watch Obsession’ within 48hrs. Please take a look at their huge range of straps if you wish here.
Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating this watch to 1962.
Detailed particulars will be included with our purchase receipt for your interest and security. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will 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 100% genuine, authentic and original, a full refund will be given at any time”.
The high quality black presentation box shown in the photographs is included.
If you would like to pay by bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you. Paying by bank transfer for a 3% saving will not affect your 12 months warranty. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or Bank Wire Transfer we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
Please check the import duties and any taxes your government may apply, these are different for each country and unfortunately out of our control.
We understand there may be some ‘loopholes’ that may help you avoid these charges, however attempting to use these could impact our ongoing ability to serve our growing international customer base.
For those that happen to visit the UK on occasion we are of course more than happy to store your watch until we can meet you in our offices in Kensington, London, and deliver your watch directly to you there.
As with all our watches, this watch will be sold under our 14 days no quibble sale or return policy.
A unique and rare example of a fascinating timepiece which will undoubtedly make an excellent financial investment, as well as be something wonderful to wear, treasure and enjoy! It could make a practical watch for regular or occasional use, as you wish and if it continues to be well cared for and regularly serviced, it will provide dependable service for many decades to come.
This watch carries a great deal more style, individuality and panache than a new watch and to buy the same quality today would be difficult, at 4 or 5 times the price.
A word on our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before restoring them to the highest possible standards. We then offer these 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.
Please note, we also welcome part exchanges. If you have a watch or a small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.
We will also be happy to Service your watch, Repair your watch or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.
If you have any questions please call us on 020 7727 7095 or if calling from overseas on +44 207 727 7095.
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