1956 Universal Geneve Polerouter (Ref. 20357-2)
This Universal Geneve Polerouter ref. 20357-2 is a beautifully well-maintained piece of history, remaining 100% original. Designed by arguably one of the most influential watch designers to ever be recognized. This watch is a stand out in any collection with an interesting background. If you don't know the name Gerald Genta, This is the same man responsible for designing some of the most iconic timepieces in existence including the Patek Philippe Nautilus and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
One of the most notable Universal Geneve watches of the post-war era was the Polerouter. Designed by Gerald Genta. Genta was recruited by Universal Genève SA, which was at the time one of the most recognized watch companies in both Europe and the U.S. mostly recognized for the company's chronograph models. After Universal Genève settled a patent dispute regarding the micro-rotor caliber of movement, The Polerouter was originally manufactured as the Polarouter in 1954, containing 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 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.
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The twisted lug case retains strong lugs and is believed to remain unpolished with light and honest signs of use. The case retains its original "Universal Geneve" signed crown. The original case back factory engravings remain visible. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The original concentrically brushed silver dial is in near flawless condition and the inner engine-turned rehaut is in remarkable condition as well. The radium lume plots taken on a wonderful golden patina and under U.V. light inspection the lume plots remain full and round exhibiting no lume degradation. The original radium dauphine hands have aged to a darker patina, under U.V. light inspection the hands show no degradation or lume loss like the plots on the dial.
None. The watch is keeping time and functioning perfectly, previous service history is unknown.