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. One of Universal’s most unusual yet attractive chronograph designs was the “Space-Compax". In particular, the Universal Genève Space Compax ref 885104/01 was designed to endure harsh conditions while supporting excellent functionality. There are have been various speculations about the intended purpose and inspiration behind the design of the Space-Compax but there has never been an official statement to support any of these theories. The most probable conclusion is that the "Space Compax" was designed to replace the Omega Speedmaster as the watch of preference by NASA during a time in history in which the space exploration was at the forefront of international news and public consciousness. The eye-catching reverse panda dial paired with the distinctive UG handset housed in the asymmetrical case is absolutely stunning!
This specific and early example remains in a time capsule-like condition! The dial remains clean and clear, the case retains factory finishing and geometry and shows little wear, the original bracelet shows no stretch and the watch wears beautifully. The watch even retains its original hang tags which is rare and uncommon for a watch of this specific era to retain. This watch is not only eyecatching but unique and highly desirable!
Matte Black (Mk.1)
Gay Frères stainless steel bracelet
CASE & BRACELET
The asymmetrical case retains factory finishing and is believed to be unpolished showing light wear from use. The bezel retains it's an 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. The crown is also original showing the signed with the Universal Geneve U and original the gray rubber-tipped pushers remain intact and in perfect working order. The watch comes on its original Gay Freres bracelet that is stamped 1/67 and possessed the UG hallmarks as well its original UM signed end pieces. The bracelet is NOS and shows no stretch.
DIAL & HANDS
The matte black dial remains in excellent vintage condition. The "art deco" 12 is that of MK1 design for the "Space Compax" reference range. The lume plots are fully intact and have achieved a charming greenish patina. The original hands remain in excellent condition and match the lume plots perfectly showing no visible lume degradation.
The watch retains its original instruction booklets with will be included in the sale of the watch. The watch is in perfect working condition and is keeping perfect time.