Universal Genève Compax Chronograph "Evil Nina" | steel

Ref. 885103/01

Regular price £21,500

Universal Genève Compax’s can be found in many variants, both in case-shape and dial-configuration, this reference 885103/01 being a rare variant, featuring a distinctive black dial with white sub-registers. Sized at 36mm and 13mm thick, it has a unique presence on the wrist, complemented by the rounded pump pushers. Colloquially referred to as an “Evil Nina”, the watch was made famous by Finnish model Nina Rindt (and wife of legendary Formula 1 driver Jochen Rindt), who was often photographed wearing a similar reference (885103/02).

It is understandable why Compaxes are cherished by collectors; the sub-dials have fantastic proportionality, with vintage charm to their aesthetic. ‘UNIVERSAL GENÈVE', 'COMPAX' and 'SWISS'  are referenced on the dial, with original tritium marking the hours. Steel hands with luminous inserts indicate the hours and minutes, while the sub-dials display standard black, stick hands. This complex watch has a thirty-minute register at three o'clock, a twelve-hour register at six o'clock and the sub-seconds register at nine o'clock.

The case of this ref. 885103/01 Compax remains unpolished. On the reverse, the watch’s unique serial numbers retain strong definition (235 XXXX). 

This Universal Genève Compax is powered by a 17-jewel, manual-winding Valjoux 72 movement (signed “Universal Geveve”), the same tried and tested column-wheel chronograph calibre, famed for its reliability, and shared by many of the era’s most iconic timepieces. With Universal Genève being the first maker of a wristwatch with two chronograph pushers, this stunning piece belongs to a historical horological lineage.

This watch comes with a beige suede strap and stainless steel tang buckle.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.

Brand: Universal Genève
Model: Compax Chrongraph - Ref. 885103/01
Movement: manual-winding Valjoux 72 column-wheel chronograph
Functions: chronograph, hours, minutes, sub-seconds
Features: unrestored dial
Case: 36 mm stainless steel
Crystal: plexiglass
Bracelet: beige suede strap with tang buckle
Box & papers: N/A
This vintage, stainless-steel Universal Genève Compax Ref. 885103/01 is in excellent condition, with a well-preserved case and original dial. It has a complete and original handset (as well as correctors), with a service replacement top pusher (original supplied with watch). The watch is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year mechanical warranty from A Collected Man.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches are covered by a full, or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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