Universal Geneve Tri-Compax 881.101 'Evil Clapton'

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So excited to have this extremely beautiful watch in our collection. The steel UG tri-compax with the round pushers, black tachymetre scale and black dial is known as the 'Evil Clapton' and is one of the most sought-after and desirable UG's in the world! Now it's one thing to have one, but in this condition... Unpolished case, all original parts, perfect dial with tritium dots still intact, the rare GF bracelet and it even comes with the Extract from the Archives and it was recently fully revised by them! Once in a lifetime oppurtunity.


Tri-compaxIn 1944 the tri-compax was launched. Right away the sales of Universal increased all over the world. Universal became a synonym for quality, good taste and reliability. This piece was and still is considered a masterpiece; featuring full calendar, moon phase and of course the chronograph. In the earliest models, we typically see the use of the Cal. 287, which was replaced in the late 1940's by the Cal. 481. This caliber would yet again be changed in the 1950's for the even more compact Cal.281.The Tri-Compax's complex dial is perfectly laid out in a very clean and organised fashion. There are many case variations known from 33mm to an oversized 38mm, either in steel or gold. Among tri-compax wearers: President Truman. He wore it at the Postdam Conference in 1945, if its good enough to wear whilst negotiating the end of World War 2, then it's good enough for any occasion.


  • SKU 4006
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  • Bracelet

    Very rare Steel Universal Geneve bracelet by Gay Freres

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  • Caliber

    Cal. 281

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  • Clasp

    Steel foldover clasp, original UG

  • Index

    Tritium index

  • Inlay

    Original Tachymetre bezel

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  • Dial

    'Evil Clapton' Black dial with white sub-dials, all Luminous dots still perfectly intact.

  • Extracts from the Archive


  • Other

    All original crowns and pushers. Serviced by Universal Geneve in 2016!

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