1945 Universal Geneve Tri-Compax Mens Vintage Chronograph Triple Calendar with Moon Phase

Universal Geneve

Item No. 5052

For many collectors and serious watch connoisseurs, the incredible wristwatch featured in today's offering needs no introduction... Nicknamed "The Glorious" by the watch industry after its release, the Tri-Compax's innovation and design have landed it among the iconic vintage wristwatches made.

Serving as the pinnacle of Universal Geneve's offerings, a company that helped popularize the chronograph, the Tri-Compax offered nearly all of the technical features available at the time, neatly packaged into one extremely fine and complicated wristwatch.

The stainless steel case is in pleasing condition, original down to the rectangular pushers, corrector pins, and crown. The complicated dial is bright, showing only slight aging and one re-attached original marker. We were told the dial finish is original, but we are of the opinion that is a very well-done refinishing. The high-grade Universal Geneve caliber 481 movement is clean. The Tri-Compax movements were the most complex mechanism ever offered by the company.

The movement has been freshly cleaned and oiled. All functions are working and the chronograph hand sweep hands resets to an exact twelve o'clock.

Included with the purchase is a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity and a new timing certificate attesting to the watch's performance.

  • Manufacturer: Universal Geneve
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Serial no.: 1,157,292
  • Year built: c. 1945
  • Functions: Time, 12-Hour Chronograph, Day, Date, Month, Moonphase, Subsidiary Seconds
  • Model: Tri-Compax, Ref. 22259
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case markings (outside): Reference number, case number
  • Case markings (inside): Universal Geneve logo, Swiss, Enversteel
  • Case condition: Near mint plus with light aging and wear. Reference and serial numbers are very crisp.
  • Dimensions: 34.5mm wide (excluding crown), 43mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Dial: Matte silver, luminous baton indexes, outer tachometer graduation for measuring speeds without calculations, guilloche auxiliary dials for the seconds, the 12 hours and 30 minutes registers, graduation for the days of the month, apertures for the days of the week, the months and the moon phases, sub dials in English, bright and attractive with one re-attached original marker - appears to be a very well done restoration
  • Hands: Original, steel "feuilles"
  • Movement markings: Universal Geneve, Swiss, 481
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
  • Crystal: Acrylic
  • Serviced: Yes, cleaned and oiled.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Deluxe mahogany watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

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