Universal Geneve Polerouter

Universal Geneve Polerouter

Why We Love it

Very rare is the watch that can check multiple boxes in the hearts and heads of watch collectors, which is the very reason that any collector - or future collector -needs a Polerouter.

This particular example shows off what we love so much about Genta's classic design: The curved lug case, the glossy crosshair dial, the silvered rehaut, beautifully aged dauphine hands and to top everything off: a caliber 138 bumper wind movement.

As mentioned: All. the. Boxes. Ticked.

Since we like you, here is a fun fact: Gerald Genta was only 24 when he first designed the Universal Geneve Polerouter.

With its ties to the great Gerald Genta, stunning looks, a horologically-significant movement and an interesting history to boot, The Polerouter is that one amazing value proposition that punches far above its weight class.

You’re welcome.

All in all, this is a simple, elegant watch from one of the most iconic names in the industry. Genta’s designs are as good as it gets, and the Polerouter is one of the most affordable ways to get into a vintage Genta piece. When you strap one to your wrist you’ll quickly see why collectors are always on the hunt for exceptional Polerouters such as this one.

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: AS02770

Stainless Steel case is approximately 35mm (excluding crown). Universal Genève Reference S-20217-4. Caliber 138SS Bumper Wind Automatic Movement. 1950s.

Overall Condition:  The watch is in very good condition overall, with normal signs of wear consistent with age and use. Black gloss quadrant dial is in excellent condition with aged luminous plots; Dauphine hands show some light stippling but are in good condition. Silver rehaut has light signs of age. Signed crown. Screw case back featuring the UG Crest logo in very deep printing.

Includes one Caramel Brown 19mm Strap with side stitching.

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