Rare 1966 Universal Geneve Polerouter Sub (Ref. 869116/01) "Mk. 1 Dial"

One of the most notable Universal Geneve watches of the post-war era was the Polerouter. Designed by Gerald GentaGenta 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 companies 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. Then quickly replaced in 1958  with the new Cal. 215 microtor movement and a subtle name change from Polarouter to Polerouter. The Polerouter was then manufactured until late 1969. 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.

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 

This specific Universal Geneve Polerouter Sub is a highly collectible 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.


Stock # UGPR 869116/01
Brand Universal Geneve
Style Diver
Model Polerouter Sub
Serial 2'50X'XXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Matte Black (Mk.1)
Millimeters 38mm
Bracelet 2pc Leather Strap (Dark Grey)


The asymmetrical case retains factory finishing and is believed to be unpolished showing light wear from use. The bezel retains it's original pearl and remains in excellent vintage condition showing almost no wear. The case retains the original crystal with the correct hallmark in the center and is showing light crazing. The crown is also original showing the signed U on the crown.  Watch comes supplied with a 2pc leather strap or NATO strap of your choosing.


The matte black dial remains in excellent vintage condition. The "art deco" numerals have a classic vintage aesthetic. The lume plots are fully intact and have achieved a charming golden patina. The original hands remain in excellent condition and although a touch lighter in coloration is is a common occurrence with early Polerouter Sub's. The watch retains the original date wheel featuring art deco numerals as well. Both the lume on dial and the hands remain fully intact showing zero lume degradation when viewed under U.V. light.


None. The watch is running at spec and is in perfect working condition.