Usually when things are complicated, it means more stress, more work, and more effort, but in the end, it's worth it. The same holds true for vintage wristwatches, where gifted artisans and engineers from years gone by labored months and years to create complicated timepieces that transcend art and talent. When it comes to vintage wristwatches, the highest realms of respect and value are reserved for these watches that do much more than merely tell time.
Today's offering showcases one of these very desirable watches. Powered by a complicated, original Universal Geneve movement, the watch possesses advanced capabilities that track the date, day of the week, and month, earning it its place as a true "Triple Calendar".
It is a display of amazing precision that can be worn everyday.
While a number of Swiss firms at various tiers of quality made triple date moon watches, we think that the UG one's like this one have some of the most balanced aesthetics. And like the very finest makers, the company had their own in-house movement made at the company's workshop in Geneva.
Its full size, attractive case with faceted semi-bombe lugs is in better than near mint condition appearing to never have been polished. Despite is fairly thin gold design is has no dents or dings, as is common with these watches. Our photos couldn't do it justice.
Its silver dial with its cut outs for displaying the month, day, and moonphase, which has a pleasing design, is original and untouched. It has warmed with patina to a light sepia tone giving it a true vintage look. Its complicated Universal Geneve movement is very clean. Photos of the inside available upon request.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. After more than 70 years, it is still keeping extremely accurate time in five chronometer testing positions and all calendar functions work correctly.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a full one-year international warranty, a Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to the watch's performance.
Since 1894, the fine Swiss firm Universal Geneve has produced very fine and collectible timekeeping instruments. The company that popularized the idea of the modern chronograph wristwatch, Universal Geneve has produced a number of exceptional timers, including the renowned Tri-Compax. The superior quality of their vintage offerings have earned them a place alongside those of Jaeger-LeCoultre and other of the world's fine watchmakers.
Manufacturer: Universal Geneve
Country of origin: Switzerland, made for the U.S. market
Year built: c. 1948
Movement no.: 278,330
Case no.: 1,279,228
Model: Ref. 513 C6 Triple Date Calendar with Moon Phase
Case material: 14K Gold
Case markings (inside): Universal Geneve, Swiss, 18K, 1,279,228
Case condition: Better than near mint condition appearing to never have been polished. Despite is fairly thin gold design is has no dents or dings, as is common with these watches.
Dimensions: 34mm wide (excluding crown), 42mm long lug tip-to-tip
Dial: Silver (now warmed to a light sepia tone), gold applique spherical indexes, printing in black with red 31, apertures for day, and sub dials for date, month, moon phases, and continuous seconds, subdials in English, original and untouched
Hands: Correct dauphine style, gold, period correct replacements
Movement type: High-grade, manually wound, rectangular, cal. 291 rhodium plated, "fausses cotes" decoration, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, Breguet coil over balance spring
Movement markings: Universal Geneve, Swiss, 281, 278,330
Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
Width between lugs: 18mm
Crystal type: Acrylic, appears original, excellent condition
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Timing: Timed on a state-of-the-art computerized system. After more than 70 years, it is still keeping extremely accurate time in five chronmeter testing positions and all calendar functions work correctly. 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.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
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.