1960s Universal Genève Compax Evil Clapton

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  • Reference: 881101/02

    Serial: xxxxxx 

    Year: 1967

    Case: Stainless steel, scewback,twisted lugs

    Dial:  black dial, tritium luminous, moonphase

    Dimensions: 38 mm excluding crown

    Function: Manual

    Caliber: 281

    Strap: Leather

    Accessories: No box or papers

  • One of our first vintage treasures.... The elusive UG Tri-compax "Evil Clapton"......

    There is no doubt Universal Geneve made some of the most stunningly spectacular wristwatches during their "heyday" durting the 1950s, 1960s and 70s and covered a lot of ground in their designs which was very influential to other smaller and even some larger brands.

    The in house caliber 281 movements were beautifully made and with thew added moonphase complication that UG became known for. This particular UG Tri-compax was nicknamed the Evil Clapton after Eric Clapton wore the white inverted version in concert.

    The twisted lugs case is impressively thick and shows little sign of polishing, and only some hairline scratches. The case was made by HF who designed for the Omega Speedmaster of which this UG shares a few similarities. The dot over 90 black tachymetre bezel for example.

    The signed crown and pushers are in original condition as is the engraving of the serial and reference on its caseback.

    The dial is just amazing with almost no visible wearing marks and the subdials are all clean and look fresh.

    The watch winds, sets and runs perfectly and has been serviced and tested by our watchmaker.