Universal Geneve

Tropical 1966 Universal Geneve Polerouter Date (Ref. 869115/01) Black Dial

This Universal Geneve Polerouter is a gorgeous piece of horological history. Designed by Gerald Genta, one of the most influential watch designers ever, and the man behind some of the most iconic timepieces in existence, including the Patek Philippe Nautilus and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 

Universal Genève SA was one of the most recognized watch companies in both Europe and the U.S. in the post-war era, mostly recognized for their chronograph models. But after Universal Genève settled a patent dispute regarding the micro-rotor caliber of movement, they released what would become their most popular watch – the Polerouter. Originally manufactured as the Polarouter in 1954, it contained the Cal. 138SS bumper movement which was then quickly replaced with the Cal. 215 micro rotator movements which also resulted in a subtle name change from Polarouter to Polerouter. The Polerouter presented here features the updated Cal. 69 movements of the mid-1960s.

The Polerouter had taken on many variations within its first 15 years of production including Polerouter de luxe, Polerouter Genève, Polerouter Compact, Polerouter Super, Polerouter "NS", Polerouter III, Polerouter Jet, and the Polerouter Sub. This iteration, though, with its beautiful "tuxedo" dial and subtle date window, is one of the most recognizable versions, and one that would make for an excellent addition to any collection. 


Stock # UGPRD86911501
Brand Universal Geneve
Style Polerouter Date
Model 869115/01
Serial N/A
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Black "Tropical
Millimeters 35
Bracelet 2pc Handmade Leather Strap



The twisted lug case appears to have been very lightly polished in the past retaining very strong and even lugs with light signs of use. The case retains its original Universal Geneve signed crown. The original case back factory engravings are present but faded through wear. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.


The tropical tuxedo-style dial is beautiful, featuring and even chocolate brown color throughout. The tritium lume plots have achieved a lovely dark grey patina and display no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly with no degradation present under U.V. light inspection. The date wheel is era correct with art deco numerals.


None. The watch is recently serviced and is backed by a 1-year warranty on timekeeping accuracy.

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