1949 Universal Genève Tri-Compax | Jumbo 37.5mm | 18K Rose Gold | Ref. 12296 | Cal. 481

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Vintage Universal Genève chronographs are a true masterpiece of watchmaking history. Their timeless designs and high-quality craftsmanship continue to capture the hearts of watch enthusiasts all over the world. From the iconic Tri-Compax to the Compax "Nina Rindt" and Polerouter, Universal Genève chronographs are highly sought-after and often command top prices at auctions. These watches were ahead of their time in terms of design and functionality, with innovative features such as the quick-set date function and the use of exotic materials like gold, platinum, and stainless steel. A vintage Universal Genève chronograph on the wrist is not just a watch, it's a statement of style and sophistication that transcends time.

The 18K Rose Gold Jumbo Tri-Compax is a highly uncommon piece, and the version without lume is particularly difficult to find. Universal Genève was known for creating complex timepieces, but the Tri-Compax represented their pinnacle achievement in this area.


The case is sharp, with light and honest signs of use. The engravings and hallmarks are perfectly visible On the sides and case-back. 

The dial is in honest condition, with light aging on it, and spots only visible at close inspection. These dials are often corroded by humidity, this one remains pretty legible. 

The watch has been recently serviced and keeps good time for a watch of its age.


Maker: Universal Genève
Reference: 12296
Year and Caliber: 1949 / 481
Material: 18K Rose Gold
Dimensions: 37,5mm diameter; 12mm thickness 
Crystal: Plexiglass 
Lume: Non
Bracelet/Strap: New Calfskin blue strap
Box/Papers: Non


 -This watch was photographed on a 6.9 inch / 175mm wrist.

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