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Much has been written (on this site and others) on the early history of the Universal Geneve, it’s the sporty versions from the 1960s that attract the most attention with collectors today. There’s one, in particular, that causes heart palpitations at the mere mention of its catchy nickname.
We mean, of course, the “Big Eye.”
Released in the 1960s, the Reference 884100/02 is a cousin to the popular “Nina Rindt” (reference 885103/02). The screw-back case is a sporty 37mm, a good 2mm larger than the Rindt variants, and stands out with its long straight lugs which are reminiscent of the Heuer Carrera and early Speedmasters such as the “Ed White.”
The “Big Eye” is so-called because of the oversized register at 3 o’clock, a quirky design touch that truly makes it seem as though the watch is winking at you.
Universal Genève made the “Big Eye” Uni-Compax in two variations, one with a black dial (Reference 884100/01) and the white dial version featured here.
Either variant is truly rare, but the white-dialed one is the most elusive -indeed, we’ve only had the opportunity to offer a couple of other examples.
This particular “Big Eye” boasts a case with extremely sharp lugs, an extraordinarily crisp dial, and lovely light patination. On a brick-link bracelet (not original, but a great addition), the watch is every bit an accessory that a sporting man or woman of taste would certainly want in their stable, and is absolutely worthy of the "grail" moniker commonly applied by enthusiasts!
Stainless steel case is approximately 37mm (excluding crown). Reference 884100/02. Valjoux 23 Manually-Wound Chronograph Calibre. Mid-1960s.
Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with moderate signs of use and wear in keeping with age, but no signs of previous polishing. Dial is in outstanding condition with crisp printing and light signs of patination. Unsigned replacement crown.
Includes one 18mm generic brick link bracelet.
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