A fine and rare example of the highly collectible jumbo Universal Genève Tri-Compax reference 22536 with a beautiful original two-tone dial, serviced calibre 287 movement and Gay Frères bracelet.
The Universal Genève Tri-Compax was originally launched in 1944 at the Basel Watch Fair to mark the brand's 50th anniversary and remained in production until the 1980's. The "Tri-Compax" is often misconstrued as meaning the three chronograph sub-dials, when in actuality it refers to the three complications: moonphase, calendar and chronograph which was a major achievement at the time of its release.
This particular example is the reference 22536 which features a rare jumbo 37mm case and is powered by the manual wind 287 movement. The pushers on the right of the case start, stop and reset the chronograph. On the left-hand side, you'll find three recessed pushers which, from top to bottom control the month, moonphase and date.
The dial is original and features a particularly rare two-tone finish. In addition to its stunning dial and jumbo case, this example also benefits from a Gay Frères bracelet that only elevates its collectability further!
Condition & Technical
Probably the best example we've ever seen. The dial and case remain in exceptional condition. The case has a few marks from where the case has been opened as well as to the case back but otherwise remains in great shape. The hands, whilst closely matching to the lume plots may have been re-lumed in the past.
Possibly the nicest Tri-Compax we've seen!
With Universal Genève seeing increasing interest in recent years, prices of Tri-Compax's continue to see strong increases, something we believe is set to continue in the years to come.
This is especially true when it comes to rare references such as the 22536 and even more so when found in such exceptional condition, not to mention when fitted with a G&F bracelet.
Last time we saw an example in anywhere near as good condition as this was at Bonhams way back in 2015 where it fetched US$16,250 and that was lacking a G&F bracelet!
Don't miss out on this one, its highly unlikely we'll ever get another like it! In fact, if it hasn't sold within a month its heading to auction where we expect it will fetch in excess of £15k before fees!
Case Size (excluding crown):
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Case Size (excluding crown):
Box & Papers:
Universal Genève Tri-Compax Reference 22536, 1940's - Possibly the nicest Tri-Compax we've seen!
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Universal Genève Tri-Compax Reference 22536, 1940's
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