Universal Genève Gents Watch

Curated by our friends at Analog/Shift

The Story

Until relatively recently, there has been little talk of a brand that once had its finger on the pulse of fine watchmaking. A brand that created what are now becoming some of the most collected and beloved watches in the world: Universal Genève.

This high end Swiss brand was little-known outside of their Polerouter models (designed by a young Gerald Genta), but in recent years intense interest among collectors and enthusiasts has pulled the largely-defunct manufacture into the limelight. Honestly, a light that has long been overdue.

Universal Genève was once responsible for some of the most beautiful dress watches and chronographs from the mid-20th century. From the purpose-driven to the ornate, UG had a touch all its own and breathed incredible beauty and craftsmanship into every piece they produced. While there has been some contemporary stirring from the brand (they released a manually-wound limited edition Compax at Basel World in 2009), it is Universal Genève's sumptuous vintage stylings that has captured the heart and the imagination of the modern collector.

The piece we have for you here is a shining example of just how capable the brand once was at producing stunningly high-quality gentlemen's wrist wear. At 34mm, it's simple and elegant. And the brush effect on the dial with contrasting gold-tone hands and hour markers along with the beveled edge on the case cut an exceptionally attractive profile. Though we don't necessarily recommend wearing a watch with a tuxedo, this is probably the one we'd reach for if we were going to break that rule.

The Details

Maker: Universal Genève
Model: Gents Watch
Reference: Universal Genève Reference 211208-1
Material: Stainless steel
Diameter: 34mm (excluding crown)
Bracelet/Strap: Black leather Universal Genève-signed strap with Universal Genève buckle
Lug width: 18mm

Overall Condition

Stainless steel case is in excellent, virtually NOS condition overall, with only the slightest signs of handling. Champagne dial is in likewise in excellent condition. Universal Genève crown. Universal Genève case back.


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