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Universal Geneve - Calatrava Style Dress Watch - c.1940s - Model Ref: 21282

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A Beautiful Calatrava Style Vintage Universal Geneve Three-Hand Dress Watch c.1940s Caliber: UG262, Model Reference: 21282

Universal Genève SA is a Swiss luxury watch company, founded in 1894 as Universal Watch. Since its beginnings, the company has produced complete watches with in-house movements, and throughout the 20th century, distributed many notable and important timepieces. Along with neighboring Geneva companies Audemars PiguetGirard-PerregauxPatek Philippe, and Rolex, Universal is internationally regarded for its style, craftsmanship, and manufacture. In addition, the brand also makes a historical claim for creating the first-ever chronographic wristwatch in 1917.

What’s On Offer 

This beautiful Universal Geneve encompasses all that springs to mind when imagining a classic dress watch. Classic, slender lines with an unembellished and delightfully refined dial. Simple, yet elegant in design, this watch offers a nod to the styling of the Calatrava from Patek, but comes with a much more realistic price point for the majority of us! 

The dial on this particular example boasts a beautiful pearlesque colour with a slight speckling of patina. The Art Deco numerals are stunning and in great condition, with polished, mirror-like silver hour markers at alternate hours, that are inset into a matching polished, mirror silver outer dial ring which looks a stunning detail.

The subtle signature dished subdial and ultra-slim Feuille hands complete a beautifully sophisticated dial. This watch enjoys slender faceted lugs and a very slimline case, synonymous with the Calatrava styling. This type of styling allows the dial to take the main stage and as such it wears larger than its physical dimensions. A graceful watch and a very comfortable one! 

Additional information

Made from

Case: Stainless steel

Dial: Silver

Crystal: Plexi

Bracelet: Black leather with pin buckle

Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Movement Type: Mechanical

Caliber: UG 262

Jewels: 15

Waterproof: No

Power reserve: 33hrs

Purchase details

Condition: Very Good

Model Reference: 21282

Date of issue: c.1940s

Guarantee: 12 Months by VWS


Width: 35mm

Lug width: 17.5mm

Lug height: (lug to lug) 41.5mm

Wrist size: Adjustable