A smart looking Universal Geneve, in a stainless steel case housing the in-house calibre 264 movement.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
Normally Universal Geneve watches of this period have a serial number on the case back, but this example has had a replacement case back at some point, losing this reference number. However, looking at other watches produced with the same Cal. 264 movement and using their serial numbers we believe this watch was made circa 1948.
Post second world war watches tended to be made of base metals, then either plated or chromed. This cost saving measure was understandable – the world economy was very shaky, with the basics not even being available. In 1947 Vienna in Austria had food riots, so watches were not a luxury. But next door, in Switzerland, watch manufacture continued.
This Universal Geneve has lost the plating to the crown, but otherwise is in decent shape. Neither the hands not the dial have any lume, which is a good thing as the lume used then was radioactive Radium. The dial has applied markers, all in place, and has some even patina. The acrylic crystal is new, as is the leather strap. That stainless steel case doesn’t have any major damage, and has not been polished.
This watch will be supplied with our Certificate of Authenticity.
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Width with crown 35.2 mm
Width without crown 33.0 mm
Between lugs 18 mm
Lug to lug length 41.5 mm
Case Thickness 10.0 mm
Bracelet maximum length n/a
All sizes are approximate.
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