Universal Tri-Compax 22543

This Universal Geneve Tri-compax is the stuff of dreams: a 1945 watch with three complications: a full calendar, chronograph, and moonphase.

Museum Piece
Universal Geneve Tri-CompaxTri-compaxIn 1944 the tri-compax was launched.

Introduction

This Universal Geneve Tri-compax is the stuff of dreams: a 1945 watch with three complications: a full calendar, chronograph, and moonphase. The steel case is in superb contact, with razorsharp lugs. The lovely dial with original handset shows the patina that vintage lovers adore. The early calibre 287 has been fully serviced and is running like clockwork. The watch comes on a black Ostrich leather strap to complete the look.

Description

Universal Geneve Tri-CompaxTri-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 II, then it's good enough for any occasion.