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Why We Love It
We. Love. Polerouters.
Most likely, that will come as no great shock to those of you who know us. As far as general aesthetic, history, provenance, and wearability go - the Polerouter is one amazing value proposition that punches far above its weight class.
The one we have here represents a great entry point to the model with all the hallmarks of the classic Genta design: curved lug case, black crosshair 'Tuxedo' dial, silvered chapter ring, bumper-wind automatic movement and beautiful dauphine hands. With a great patina and a crisp case back featuring deep engravings of the UG crest and reference/serial number, there's nothing not to love!
Most of us, even the most diehard collectors, know only one watch designer by name: Gerald Genta.
The man behind the AP Royal Oak, the Patek Philippe Nautilus and the IWC Ingenieur, Genta changed the watch industry with his luxury stainless steel sports watches with sharp 70s lines and his characteristic integrated bracelet design. But before he could pioneer haute horology, he had cut his teeth on a more approachable timepiece; the Universal Genève Polerouter.
The Polerouter was Genta's first watch design brought to market, penned by the young Swiss designer in his early 20s. The watch was a sales success and propelled Genta’s career forward (allowing for the greats such as the Royal Oak and the Nautilus.) The first Polerouter was released in 1954 (and originally called the POLARouter) to celebrate and promote Scandinavian Airlines’ Royal Viking polar flights between New York City, Los Angeles and Europe. The flights forged a new route over the North Pole, reducing flight times between the two continents. Flying over the North Pole presented a unique set of challenges for a watch, and the Polerouter was designed to be highly resistant to magnetic fields (in addition to the usual shock and water resistance) so as to maintain accuracy during the trip.
Stainless Steel case is approximately 35.5mm (excluding crown). Universal Genève Calibre 138SS Bumper Automatic Movement. Universal Genève Reference S 20217-4. Circa 1956.
Overall Condition: The case is in very good condition over all, with normal signs of wear consistent with age and use. Luminous black gloss quadrant dial shows matting and patina throughout with matching dauphine handset. Signed replacement crown. Screw case back featuring the Universal Genève crest and reference/serial numbers in very deep engraving.
Includes Denham Grey Analogshift leather strap with steel pin buckle.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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