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Universal Geneve Tri-Compax 52218, 14k Gold, 1940's

Universal Geneve Tri-Compax 52218, 14k Gold, 1940's

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Regular price £4,995.00
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A fine and rare example of the gorgeous Universal Geneve Tri-Compax Ref.52218. This stunning 14k Tri-Compax sums up why we love the model. The dial design is busy but perfectly in balance and the functionality of the watch is mesmerising and still remains a masterpiece today.

This particular example was purchased by its owner in 1964 in exceptional condition at the time and then lived unworn in a drawer since 1968. To put it mildly, you'll be hard pushed to find another Tri-Compax in anywhere near this condition! Put this against a £100k Patek and I'm not sure you wouldn't still lean towards the Tri-Compax - this really is one special watch!

A must-have in any vintage chronograph collection

Are you a dedicated Universal Genève collector looking for a new addition to your collection? Or are you a vintage watch enthusiast with a more eclectic taste who is looking for a unique 1940s Swiss Chrono? In any case, we're confident that this manual-wind, 35 mm case, Universal Genève Tri-Compax is the watch for you.

To begin with, there's the allure of its wonderfully patinated face. Then there's the historical significance of an extraordinarily intricate timepiece that formerly sat atop Universal's Compax collection. This watch has a lovely 14k gold case and a recently serviced Cal. 481 movement. Not to mention the possibility for future investment...

Technical & Condition: 

Presented in overall excellent condition. This is one of the finest examples of a gold Tri-Compax we've ever seen! The case remains sharp and free from major damage with only a few smaller scratches as expected for its age. The crown may have been replaced in the past. The dial has taken on a light but very pleasing even patina. The hands and moon-disk are both in exceptional condition. The movement has been fully serviced and finally, the watch is fitted with a new, third party leather strap.  

  • Case size (exc. crown): 35mm
  • Case material: 14k gold
  • Movement: Manual wind calibre 481 (IMPORTANT: Universal’s Tri-Compax is known for being hard – and expensive – to work on. Make sure yours comes fully serviced (not just ‘inspected’) and guaranteed – like this example.)
  • Strap/bracelet: 3rd party leather strap
  • Box and papers: Our own

Make this Universal Genève Tri-Compax 22258 yours

Add this exceptional example of the Universal Geneve Tri-Compax 52218 to your collection and savour ownership of one of the finest examples of a 1940's Swiss three-register chronograph!

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Key Information

Universal Geneve Tri-Compax 52218, 14k Gold, 1940's

Technical Information

Key Information:

  • Brand: Other
  • Model: Tri-Compax
  • Ref.: 52218
  • Year: 1940s
  • SKU: 1745


  • Movement Calibre: Cal. 481
  • Movement Type: Manual
  • Case Size: 35mm

Box and Papers:

  • Our Own

Condition Report

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