Wat21009 Universal Geneve Polerouter (Automatic Microrotor) Caliber 215 Manufactured 1956



Universal Geneve Polerouter (Automatic Microrotor) Caliber 215 Manufactured ca 1956

Brand: Universal Geneve 

Case: 35,5 mm (excluding the original crown) Gold plated steel case with steel case back. Case has what looks to be (hard to read out) type 20363 – 3 and serial number 1881657. Serial number indicates manufacture 1956. Caseback has service markings from December 2019 (It was totally serviced then) inside as well as Universal markings. Interestingly this watch seems to have the first serial number in this reference (type 20363 – 3)!

Movement: Universal Cal 215 (Patented Rights Pending) Automatic Microrotor. 

Bracelet/ Strap: Black Leather original Universal marked leather strap. Original guilt Universal buckle. 19mm between lugs

Features: All correct features as Crosshaired Golden Dial, Gold Dauphine Hands, Applied U shield in Gold, Domed Crown with U, Referencenumber and Serial number between lugs. Drilled lugs, screw-on case back. Comes with a original Universal red case in matching condition to the watch.

Condition: In overall Very good worn condition. The dial has no damage at all, Very nice golden color, Very nice index as well as hands. The case is very good with just some light scratches from wear, steel caseback has more scratches but no damage. No signs of polishing of the case. Leather strap and buckle in more or less unworn condition. The movement runs very well & keeps accurate time, it was totally serviced in December 2019. It would not be so easy to upgrade this one.

Note: This watch was photographed with high-intensity flash lighting. Which brings out micro/superficial scratches that will not be as visible under natural lighting.

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Universal Geneve was established in 1894, and by the 1950’s was known internationally as a manufacturer of accurate and well-designed chronographs and complicated wristwatches.

In 1954, Universal Geneve opened a new production plant to accommodate after-sales service and produce new models. The first model to be produced in the new factory was the Polarouter – produced for the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) trip from Europe to North America by crossing over the North Pole. With the success of those early Polerouters for the SAS, a new caliber (Cal. 215) was developed and used for later models, featuring the brand’s first micro-rotor.

The Caliber 215 was also used in high end automatic chronometers such as the Chronometer 28. Originally these movements were tested at the Geneva Observatory until it closed in 1968 and testing was made by the Official Swiss Government testing Bureau, the ancestor of the COSC.

Interestingly this watch seems to have the first serial number in this reference (type 20363 – 3)!


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