Universal Geneve 1950s Tri-Compax 18k Rose Gold 35mm Ref 122100-2 Cal 281 MoonUniversal Genève
For auction is a rare 1950s Universal Geneve Tri-Compax 18k rose gold reference 122100-2 caliber 281 35mm manual winding moon phase triple calendar chronograph pump pushers screwback with American day and month. These fantastic watches were the pre-cursor to their more famous and valuable 1960's cousins (Nina Rindt, Eric Clapton, etc). They are less valuable and vaunted as those but offer up some of the same benefits: screwback caseback, round pushers. The reference 122100 is also interesting in that every example to be found has slight dial variations between them; this dial which I do believe to be original has a bolded 30 minutes register which is unusual. Otherwise the rest of the subdials, outer track, applied bullet markers, hands and signatures are all normal. It easily could have been a request from the original customer to have a more clearly visible 30 minutes register. The rest of the dial has a lacquer to the patina consistent with age. A very beautiful and rare piece.
Ref #: 122100-2
Diameter: 35 mm w/out crown, 37 mm w/crown, 42 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 19 mm at the lugs tapering to 16 mm (will take a 19 mm strap)
Height: 14 mm
Power-reserve: 32 hours
Water Resistance: N/A
Gram Weight: 58 grams
Movement: Universal caliber 281 manual winding
Strap/Bracelet: Welsbro lambskin Italian Plum strap
Case: 18k rose gold with screwback case, round pushers, pusher correctors for functions
Dial: Opaline with rose gold applied bullet markers, wide dauphine hands, red date pointer hand at 12 o'clock moon phase subdial, a light patina over the dial lacquer
Condition: 82% (8.2 of 10): case is in a nice condition as is dial, working and functioning correctly
Box/Papers: Watch only
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