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Why We Love It
The Universal Genève Tri-Compax ranks as one of the most desired models of vintage chronograph. Ever since its debut in the 1940s, it’s been worn by everyone from presidents (Harry S. Truman) to rock stars (Eric Clapton). While the sporty steel models from the 1960s are the most popular, early examples tug at our heartstrings.
Watches like this one are exactly what we mean. There’s an undoubted elegance to the layout of the dial, but the fact that the case is steel makes it more utilitarian. While a solid gold triple calendar chronograph can often be viewed as a “special occasion” watch, suitable for those events when only a tux or a bespoke suit will do, it’s easier to imagine wearing it every day.
And, believe us, you’ll want to.
Complicated wristwatches had long been Universal Genève’s forte, but never before had they been so perfectly expressed than in the Tri-Compax.
These three complications were housed in a variety of cases, from gold to the stainless steel featured here in this Tri-Compax.
Universal Genève advertised the Tri-Compax as being useful for “every business and professional man.” While that may not ring true in this age of smartphones, there’s an undeniable utility in having all the necessary information right on your wrist, without having to touch a screen. Triple calendar chronographs hold a touch of whimsy, to be sure, but with such an attractive package, you can’t be blamed for wanting one.
Stainless steel case is approximately 35.5mm (excluding crown and pushers). Calibre 281 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement.
Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition with minor signs of use and wear. Dial shows signs of age and wear, particularly around the hour markers and at 3:00. Unsigned crown.
Includes one 19mm black leather strap with white contrast stitching.
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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