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This is a rare Universal Geneve (UN) Compax vintage chronograph reference 22493 Calibre 287 from 1942, Fully Serviced by ClockSavant.Founded in 1894, UN would become synonymous with very high quality chronographs used by aviators, the military, and others. Through affiliations with Zenith and Martel, the latter being a relatively unknown but significant player in the early days of wristwatch chronographs, UN became a major force featuring their own in-house movements. In 1938, at the suggestion of Hermes in Paris, UN began design of the Compax line incorporating an hour counter. The watch shown here is one of the earliest Compax examples and features a gilt finished movement. Its serial number dates it to ~ 1942. The beauty of the movement speaks for itself, and of special note is the superb design of the hour counter mechanism which I show in the dial-side picture. Few hour register chronograph modules are as robust and well designed as this one— it eliminates the frictional wear sometimes found in other chronographs of the era. The accuracy of this watch is superb after being fully serviced and is a fantastic original example of one of the finest wristwatch chronographs of the 1940’s. Our assessment is that everything is original on this watch. The hour and minute hands were re-lumed in the past by a previous watchmaker, the job was done reasonably well and the lume is still bright and effective. This watch’s design is substantial and part of why this reference is do desirable. It wears larger at 36mm without the crown, 44mm lug-to-lug, and 13mm thick.
Chronograph, Manual Wind
Universal Geneve 287
This watch's design is substantial and part of why this reference is do desirable. It wears larger at 36mm without the crown, 44mm lug-to-lug, and 13mm thick.
New 19mm brown leather band, made in the USA. This watch features female spring bars, common during the early 1940's as manufacturers moved-away from fixed lugs. The spring bars are original. As part our comprehensive service, even these spring bars were cleaned and lubricated.
We estimate this watch to have been made in approximately 1942
Fully Serviced by ClockSavant Fully disassembled, old and worn parts replaced or repaired, adjusted, optimized, cleaned, and lubricated. Comprehensive testing and performance measurement.
The overall condition of this watch is excellent, see the pictures and previous description for details.
14-day inspection period provided that watch is returned in condition received.
Fully Serviced by ClockSavant watches carry a 6 month warranty-- customer misuse, neglect, accidental, intentional, or unintentional damage are excluded from the warranty. See the Support page of our website for detailed warranty terms and conditions. For non-warranty damage, please contact us to obtain an estimate for servicing, repair, and restoration services.
Care and Use
All mechanical watches, and especially vintage watches, require special consideration in handling, care, and use. In order to obtain warranty support or to return an item, it is necessary that the customer did not cause damage to the watch. See the Support page to learn more about how to protect and care for your investment.
The design of the Universal Geneve 287 chronograph design requires a normal firm push of the reset button to achieve a full reset. This is because it uses the force of your hand to complete the reset.
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ClockSavant Watchmaker Testing, Certification, and Performance Measurement
All the watches we sell go through a comprehensive series of ClockSavant-developed functional, stability, and performance tests and are only approved for sale if they meet or exceed the criteria we have established. Performance measurements for this watch are provided below. See the Support page of our website for an explanation of watch performance measurements and guidance on interpretation. The watch performance values provided do not necessarily reflect the accuracy you will experience based on your unique watch wearing habits. You may experience a gain or loss by as much as approximately 1 minute per day with vintage watches. Legend: Rate, Amplitude (Amp), and Beat Error (BE) are provided for Dial-Up (CH) and Dial-Down (FH) positions. Averages (Avg) are also provided. These represent the average performance of the watch across all 6 traditionally measured watch positions which, in addition to dial-up and dial-down, are the vertical positions of Crown-Up, Crown-Down, Crown-Left, and Crown-Right. Rate is expressed in seconds gained or lost during a 24 hour period. Amplitude is in degrees. Beat Error is in milliseconds. Lift Angle used in measurement is unique to the particular watch calibre.