Universal Genève Compur 5150Sold
Universal Genève Compur 5150
- Free worldwide delivery
In 1917 Universal launched the first chronograph wristwatch. The Universal Genéve Compur we have on offer dates back to 1936. At that time, there were not many manufacturers who were able to produce chronograph wristwatches.A wristwatch from the early stages of this cult-brand, beloved by collectors for their chronographs. One might know the Compax and Tri-Compax; yet it all started with the Compur. These models are most sought-after in steel as they look sporty and quite contemporary for an almost 100 year old model. The 5150 is the epitome of this, with a 36mm measuring case and flat bezel.Underneath the slightly domed plexi Crystal we find a mesmerising dial with multiple scales in 3 colours. Both the minute track as the numbers in the sub-dial are black, just like the 12 and 6 o'clock marker in Arabic font. The Telemetre scale is in burgundy red and on the outside of the dial we have blue, matching the blued steel hand set. Certainly a lot going on yet it remains clean and has an almost serene lay-out.Given the watch features rectangular pushers and it is not waterproof, both the dial and movement are kept in excellent condition. The box is still present and completes this magnificent find. An historical example of one of the coolest brands that ever produced the thing we all love so dearly: wristwatches.
Universal Genève Universal Watch was founded in 1894 by Ulysse Georges Perret and Numa-Emile Descombes in Le Locle. Unfortunately, Descombes died a few years later so Perret partnered up with Louis Edouard Berthoud and soon the brand operated as one of the biggest producers and retailers of watches. Even more, in 1917 - two years before the company moved to Geneva - the manufacture launched the first chronograph wristwatch. In 1933 Perret died and his son took over management. Under his wing Universal's most famous watches were created, which are the Tri-Compax and Uni-Compax. The first is a wristwatch with a chronograph function, calendar and moonphase, and the latter is just a chronograph wristwatch. Both watches were introduced in the '30s and '40s. Only in 1937, the company name was changed to Universal Genève.