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Why We Love It
Say it with us, gold watches are cool. You know whats cooler than a gold watch? A gold chronograph. Chronographs are one of the most basic kinds of tool watches, and gold is a material that is decidedly not for the everyman. What happens when you combine the two? A category that is seldom seen today: The Dress Chronograph. That is exactly what we have here. 34mm, dual register layout with a beautiful eggshell dial offset by gold dauphine hands and a touch of blue steel. Telephone Dial built into the 3 o'clock position and elegant gold applied hour markers, and a slim manual wind movement. There's so much to love, I'll stop myself before I begin to ramble.
Universal Genéve has become synonymous with chronographs. In the last decade, the demand for their vintage models has risen sharply, with some examples making world record appearances on the auction circuits. Surely, Universal Genève is a staple of vintage collecting.
The 1940s to the 1960s were in many ways the golden years of chronograph production for Universal Genève. The timepieces produced during this period (in particular the "Nina Rindt" Compax and the "Eric Clapton" Tri-Compax) have attracted the attention and admiration of collectors. So in the 1990s, when Universal Genève wanted to commemorate its centennial, a chronograph espousing similar design language seemed a natural choice.
Already a stunning sports watch, the original Panda Dial Compax of the 1960s was catapulted into the collector's periphery after it became closely associated with famous model Nina Rindt, née Lincoln, who married the legendary Formula One driver Jochen Rindt in 1967. We're certain that this version of the Compax would have become a classic with or without Nina Rindt, due to its brilliant design and similarities to the Omega Speedmaster, Roled Daytona, and Heuer Carrera, but when the ever-stylish Nina Rindt put her white-and-black Compax on a leather Bundeswehr strap and wore it to one of Jochen's races, she unknowingly created a juggernaut that still has collectors hungry for more.
18k yellow gold case is approximately 34mm (excluding crown and pushers). Universal Genève reference 12439. Universal Genève Calibre 285 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement.
Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition. Dial is in good condition with light patination on the Yellow Gold applied indices and yellow gold sword hands. Unsigned crown.
Includes a 20mm lizard grain brown strap
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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