Universal Geneve

1940s Universal Genève Tri-Compax (Ref. 12552) 18K RG

Universal Genève created its first chronograph in 1917 and roughly 18 years later, they launched their first “Compax” in which many variations were to follow. Vintage Universal Genève’s sports watches are particularly sought after thanks to their variety, unique designs, and larger sports watch case sizing.

Although Universal Geneve created a variety of very notable and collectible watches, they are most known for their esteemed chronographs, and of those chronographs, the Tri-Compax stands out as being their most recognizable model. The Tri-Compax was created in 1944 in celebration of the company's 50th anniversary, as was introduced as the new flagship mainstay for Universal Geneve. Featuring not only a full three-register chronograph, but the Tri-Compax also impressively houses both a triple calendar and moon phase complications into a relatively compact design. It's the blend between the mechanically complex design melded with a sophisticated dial presentation that has made the Tri-Compax so beloved and cherished by collectors today.


Stock # UGTC12552-2
Brand Universal Geneve
Style Tri-Compax
Model 12552
Serial 13XXXXX
Size Men's
Material 18K Rose Gold
Dial Silver "Aged"
Millimeters 36.5
2pc Handmade Lizard Skin Leather Strap W/ 18K RG Universal Geneve Tang Buckle


The well-proportioned and slightly oversized for the era 18K rose gold case is in exceptional condition with minimal signs of previous polishing present, showcasing very deep hallmarks and thick and symmetrical lugs. The case retains its original square pushers and the crown appears to be original as well. The case back retains extremely deep factory markings with minimal signs of wear. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc handmade lizard skin leather strap along with the original 18K rose gold Universal Geneve tang buckle. 


The original, well-preserved, and charming Tri-Compax dial features a beautiful vintage aesthetic and color palette. While the watch does show some gentle distressing and age, which is expected for the age of the watch, its presentation remains fully in intact in a way that enhances the watch's appearance. The hands all remain original to the watch and in excellent condition.


None. The watch is keeping time, but the service history is unknown. A movement service can be provided upon request.

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