1011. Universal An attractive and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with 24-hour indication, revolving bezel and ftted presentation box. 宇宙， 「Aero-Compax」型號890101/01，十分罕有，精鋼腕錶， 配計時功能和24小時顯示，約1967年製。附錶盒
Universal Circa 1967
Reference No. Case No. Model Name Material Calibre
890101/01 2’583’651 Aero-Compax Stainless steel Manual, cal. 90, 17 jewels Bracelet/Strap Rubber Clasp/Buckle Stainless steel Universal Genève buckle Dimensions 41mm Diameter Signed Case, dial, movement and buckle signed. Estimate
HKD 80,000-120,000 USD 10,300-15,400 Accessories Accompanied by a Universal Genève ftted presentation box.
The Aero-Compax is a member of one of the most celebrated chronograph wristwatches manufactured by Universal Genève beginning in the 1930s. They were the frst chronographs featuring hour and minute registers and were available in a variety of styles with names now common in the international market; “Tri-Compax”, “UniCompax” and “Aero-Compax”.
The “Aero-Compax” was released in 1941 as a tool watch for pilots and the present example from 1967 is a rare later model with 24-hour dial and rotating 24-hour bezel used to determine a second time zone based on distance traveled. The hands sweep once around the dial ever 24-hours. Another unusual feature is the 15-minute register, which moves twice per minute capturing 30 second intervals. Universal Genève used a modifed Venus 178 base caliber to accommodate these two unusual complications. In very good overall condition, the watch remains unpolished and with wear, and is a wonderful example of this rare model. The dial has aged to a warm yellowish hue. For the connoisseur of mid-century chronograph watches, the “Aero-Compax” is an excellent representation of the ingenuity and fnesse shown by Universal Genève.
Phillips presents THE HONG KONG WATCH AUCTION: EIGHT on 28 May 2019.