Universal Genève Uni-Compax "Big Eye” Reference 884100/01
Universal Genève is widely recognized for its impact on complicated wristwatches during the 20th century. These Compax models are certainly the pieces many aspire to own.
The Compax line is extremely diverse and could quite easily be a focused subsection for collectors to find years of enjoyment collecting and studying the different models and eras. Eric Wind has had the pleasure of finding incredible complicated Universal Genève models over the past four years as a dealer, and countless more during his time as a collector and Vice President, Senior Specialist at Christie’s.
The UG Uni-Compax “Big Eye” Reference 884100/01 is synonymous with the asymmetrical subdial configurations in chronographs. Produced for a short two year span from 1963-1965 it is one of the highlight models of the brands’ 1960s catalog.
The hands’ luminous material is completely intact, with light patina which has developed mainly on the broader hour hand. The watch is powered by a Universal Genève calibre 125. The case is unpolished with dimensions of 36.5mm wide. It comes on the original Gay Frères bracelet which has a stiff feel on the wrist.
Curated by Wind Vintage. Ships separately. Please allow an additional 7-10 days for delivery.
Vintage watches are mechanical objects that can require service of the movements and all these watches have been worn in the past. Since these pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear and patina from past usage and age.
Mechanical watches do not keep perfect time like a battery-powered watch. In addition, they do require service occasionally and the service can be somewhat costly depending on what the watch requires for optimal timekeeping. Similar to vintage and new automobiles, regular maintenance and care is recommended for the lasting reliability of your timepiece.
Vintage watches are not water resistant and not waterproof, unless rigorously tested and certified otherwise. If dunked in water, the watch can flood and be destroyed. Water can also enter the watch in high humidity environments and damage the movement and dial as well as hands. We suggest not swimming with vintage watches or taking them in a sauna or similarly humid environment.
If dropped, mishandled or otherwise abused, the movement or other parts of the watch can be damaged. Please handle with care.
Care has been taken to try to ensure the watches are running and in good condition. Please note that all watches and items are offered and sold "as is". We hope you enjoy this item and wear it in good health for years to come!