Universal Geneve Polerouter Date

Universal Geneve Polerouter Date

Why We Love It

The Polerouter is has become something of a cult classic - and for good reason.

Elegant, forward thinking design, balanced proportions, and horological significance. It comes as no surprised when you realize the Polerouter was the creation of Gerald Genta.

This example sports the coveted glossy gilt black sector dial. The 35mm twisted lug case houses an impressive, not to mention beautifully finished, micro-rotor movement. By employing a micro-rotor design, which embedded the oscillating weight in the bridge of the movement rather than atop it, Universal Genève was able to build a watch thinner than its contemporaries.

Fitted on a light brown leather strap, a Polerouter is a dynamic design, and more than capable of serving as an excellent daily wearer.

The Story

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.


SKU: AS03503

Stainless steel case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Calibre 218-2 automatic micro-rotor movement. Circa 1960s.

Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use and light sleeve polish. Luminous gloss gilt sector dial is excellent condition with evenly patinated luminous plots and color matched dauphine handset. Caseback engravings are visible and crisp.

Includes brown leather strap with steel pin buckle.

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