151 lots

LOT 1

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Watch, Geneva, circa 1900. Fine niello silver keyless watch with chronograph and instantaneous 30 minute recorder.

C. Four body, massive, "bassine et filets", decorated with a niello floral decoration in a geometrical pattern, the back centred with a blank gold escutcheon. Silver cuvette. D. White enamel with Arabic numerals, outer Arabic minute and chronograph ring, subsidiary seconds and minute register. Blued steel "spade" hands. M. 18-, gilt brass, three quarter plate, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring. Chronograph with visible work, and button on the winding crown. Signed on the cuvette. In very good condition. Diam. 53 mm.

CHF 1,000 - 1500

Sold: CHF 1,955

LOT 2

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Watch, circa 1918. Very fine and rare 18ct gold gentleman's wristwatch with single button chronograph, register, tachometer and telemeter.

C. massive, polished, hinged back, mobile lugs, chronograph button at 6 o'clock. D. white enamel with painted Arabic numerals + auxiliary seconds and 30 minutes register dials, at the centre, spiral tachometric scale, outer telemeter graduation. "Breguet" blued steel hands. M. 15- gilt brass, 17 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balancespring. The single button on the 6 is for start-stop and return to zero functions of the chronograph. Dial and case signed. In very good condition. Diam. 36 mm.

CHF 3,000 - 4000

Sold: CHF 4,600

LOT 3

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Watch, circa 1905. Fine and rare 18ct gold gentleman's wristwatch with single button chronograph, register, tachometer and telemeter.

C. massive, polished, hinged back, mobile lugs, chronograph button at 6 o'clock. D. white enamel with painted Arabic numerals + auxiliary seconds and 30 minutes register dials, outer telemeter graduation, at the centre, spiral tachometric scale. "Breguet" blued steel hands. M. 1 6 - gilt brass, 17 jewels, lever escapement, monometallic balance, selfcompensating Breguet balance-spring, the single button on the 6 is for start-stop and return to zero functions of the chronograph. Signed on the dial, numbered on the case. In very good condition. Diam. 39 mm.

CHF 3,000 - 4000

Sold: CHF 3,910

LOT 4

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Watch Extra, circa 1918. Fine and rare 18ct gold gentleman's wristwatch with single button chronograph, register and tachometer.

C. massive, polished, hinged back, mobile lugs. D. white enamel with painted Breguet numerals + auxiliary seconds and 30 minutes register dials, at the centre, spiral tachometric scale. "Breguet" blued steel hands. M. 1 5 - gilt brass, 17 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance-spring. The coaxial single button on the winding-crown is for startstop and return to zero functions of the chronograph. Dial and case signed. In very good condition. Diam. 36 mm.

CHF 3,500 - 4500

Sold: CHF 5,750

LOT 5

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Watch, Genève, 1920's. Very fine and rare, lozenge-rectangular, selfwinding, nickel chromium gentleman's wristwatch.

C. polished, hinged back, lapidated bezel and lugs. D. mat silver with applied blued steel indexes + auxiliary seconds dial. "Bâton" blued steel hands. M. 12"' patented 91051 and 91463, rhodiumed, 15 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, flat balancespring. Dial and movement signed, numbered on the case. In very good condition. Dim. 28 x 44 mm.

CHF 1,000 - 1500

Sold: CHF 2,070

This self-winding system was the first to be patented by Universal in 1925.

LOT 6

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Watch Genève, "8 Days", 1920's. Very fine and rare, tonneau shaped, nickel chromium gentleman's wristwatch with 8 days power reserve.

C. polished, hinged back, engraved band. D. mat silver with painted Arabic numerals + auxiliary seconds dial. "Breguet" blued steel hands. M. 10 3/4"' tonneau, gilt brass, 17 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, flat balancespring. Dial and movement signed. In very good condition. Dim. 26 x 43 mm.

CHF 2,500 - 3000

Sold: CHF 4,830

LOT 7

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Watch, Genève, 1920's. Very fine and rare, lozenge-rectangular, selfwinding, nickel chromium gentleman's wristwatch.

C. polished, hinged back, lapidated bezel and lugs. D. mat silver with applied blued steel indexes + auxiliary seconds dial. "Bâton" blued steel hands. M. 12"' patented 91051 and 91463, rhodiumed, 15 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, flat balancespring. Dial, case and movement signed. In very good condition. Dim. 28 x 44 mm.

CHF 1,000 - 1500

Sold: CHF 3,450

This self-winding system was the first to be patented by Universal in 1925.

LOT 8

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Genève, "Cabriolet", made in 1929. Extremely fine and rare rectangular, stainless steel "Staybrite", "cabriolet" gentleman's wristwatch.

C. polished, satined, the watch rotates on the top lug of the case. D. mat silver with painted Breguet numerals + auxiliary seconds dial. "Moderne" blued steel hands. M. 7 1/4"' tonneau, gilt brass, 15 jewels, lever escapement, monometallic balance, selfcompensating flat balance-spring. Signed on the dial. In very good condition. Dim. 24 x 42 mm.

CHF 2,500 - 3000

Sold: CHF 9,200

LOT 9

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Genève, "Uni-Compax" 1930's. Very fine and rare stainless steel "Enversteel" gentleman's wristwatch with square button chronograph, register and tachometer.

C. polished, satined, screwed back, waterproof, flat lugs. D. champagne with painted Arabic numerals and indexes + auxiliary seconds and 45 minutes register dials, outer tachometer graduation. M. 14 1/2"' gilt brass, 17 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance-spring. Dial, case and movement signed. In very good condition. Diam. 38 mm.

CHF 3,500 - 4000

Sold: CHF 3,680

LOT 10

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Watch "Compur", 1930's. Very fine and rare, stainless steel gentleman's wristwatch with olive shaped button chronograph, register, tachometer and telemeter, first development of a multifunctional chronograph with two operational buttons.

C. polished, satined, central mobile lugs. D. white enamel with painted Arabic numerals + auxiliary seconds and 30 minutes register dials, outer telemeter graduation, at the centre, spiral tachometric scale. " Breguet" blued steel hands. M. 15"' gilt brass, 17 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance-spring. Dial, case and movement signed. In very good condition. Diam. 38 mm.

CHF 5,000 - 6000

Sold: CHF 8,280

The first chronograph with double push-buttons embodied a movement with two column wheels for the motion of the chronograph's levers.

LOT 11

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal, Genève, circa 1930. Rare, nickel plated, keyless watch with a very unusual anti-clockwise "nautique", chronograph specially designed for timing minutes and seconds remaining before the official boat-race starting.

C. Three body, massive, "bassine", polished. Nickel plated cuvette. D. White enamel with Arabic numerals, outer red Arabic four minute chronograph ring (hair liner). Blued steel Breguet hands. M. 19"', gilt brass, three quarter plate, calibre No. 296.8, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring. Signed on the dial and movement. In very good condition. Diam. 51 mm.

CHF 500 - 600

Sold: CHF 920

During regatta, the start is given once the boat is already in motion. This watch was specially devised to enable the timing of the exact number of minutes and seconds remaining before the official start. This model is described and illustrated in the official catalogue of Universal Genève, published circa 1930, p. 22.

LOT 12

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Genève, 1930's. Very fine and rare 18ct gold gentleman's wristwatch with square button chronograph, register and tachometer.

C. massive, polished, hinged back, mobile lugs. D. mat silver with painted Arabic numerals and indexes + auxiliary seconds and 45 minutes register dials, outer tachometer graduation. "Bâton" blued steel hands. M. 15"' gilt brass, 17 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balancespring. Dial, case and movement signed. In very good condition. Diam. 37 mm.

CHF 3,500 - 4000

Sold: CHF 3,450

LOT 13

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Genève "type Colonial", 1930's. Very fine and rare stainless steel "Enversteel" gentleman's wristwatch with square button chronograph, register, tachometer and telemeter.

C. polished, satined. D. black with painted Arabic numerals and indexes + auxiliary seconds and 30 minutes register dials, outer tachometer and telemeter graduations, at the centre, spiral tachometric scale. " Feuille" steel hands. M. 14"' gilt brass, 17 jewels, lever escapement, monometallic balance, selfcompensating Breguet balance-spring. Dial, case and movement signed. In very good condition. Diam. 35 mm.

CHF 1,600 - 2000

Sold: CHF 3,680

LOT 14

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Genève "Uni-Compax", 1930's. Fine and rare "carré galbé", 18ct gold gentleman's wristwatch with single button chronograph, register and tachometer.

C. massive, polished. D. mat silver with applied gold indexes and Arabic numerals + auxiliary dials for the seconds, and 30 minutes registers dials, outer tachometer graduation. "Bâton" gold hands. M. 13"' gilt brass, 17 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance-spring. Dial, case and movement signed. In good condition. Dim. 34 x 34 mm.

CHF 3,000 - 4000

Sold: CHF 8,625

LOT 15

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Genève "Uni-Compax", made in 1949. Very fine and rare, small, "carré galbé", 18ct pink gold gentleman's wristwatch, with square button chronograph, register and tachometer.

C. massive, polished, table crystal. D. mat silver with painted applied gold indexes and Roman numerals + auxiliary seconds and 30 minutes registers dials, outer tachometer graduation. "Bâton" gold hands. M. 10 3/4" ' gilt brass, 17 jewels, lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating Breguet balance-spring. Dial, case and movement signed. In very good condition. Dim. 26 x 26 mm.

CHF 9,000 - 12000

Sold: CHF 16,100

This model was presented at the Exhibition "Foire de Bâle" in 1949.

LOT 16

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Genève "Compur", 1930's. Fine stainless steel "Enversteel" gentleman's wristwatch with square button chronograph, registers and tachometer.

C. polished. D. mat silver with painted indexes + auxiliary dials for the seconds, the 12 hours and 30 minutes registers outer tachometer graduation. "Bâton" blued steel hands. M. 14"' gilt brass, 17 jewels, lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating Breguet balance-spring. Dial, case and movement signed. In good condition. Diam. 34 mm.

CHF 1,000 - 1200

Sold: CHF 1,955

LOT 17

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Genève "Compax", made in 1939. Rare pink gold and stainless steel gentleman's wristwatch, with square button chronograph, pulsometer and telemeter.

C. polished, bicolour, hooded mobile lugs. D. bicolour silver and pink, with painted Arabic numerals and indexes + auxiliary seconds and 30 minutes register dials, outer pulsometer and telemeter graduations. " Bâton" blued steel hands. M. 13"' gilt brass, 17 jewels, lever escapement, monometallic balance, selfcompensating Breguet balance-spring. Dial, case and movement signed. In very good condition. Diam. 34 mm.

CHF 3,000 - 4000

Sold: CHF 4,025

This model was presented at the "Budapest International Fair" in 1940.

LOT 18

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Genève, "Compax", made in 1939. Very fine and rare 18ct pink gold gentleman's wristwatch with square button chronograph, registers and tachometer.

C. massive, polished, hooded mobile lugs. D. mat silver with applied gold indexes and Roman numerals + auxiliary dials for the seconds, the 12 hours and 30 minutes registers, outer tachometer graduation. "Bâton" gold hands. M. 14"' gilt brass, 17 jewels, lever escapement, monometallic balance, selfcompensating Breguet balance-spring. Dial, case and movement signed. In very good condition. Diam. 34 mm.

CHF 6,000 - 8000

Sold: CHF 10,925

This model was presented at the "Budapest International Fair" in 1940.

LOT 19

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Genève, 1950's. Fine center second, 18ct pink gold gentleman's wristwatch.

C. massive, polished. D. pink with applied gold indexes. "Dauphine" gold hands. M. 12 1/2-rhodiumed, 17 jewels, lever escapement, monometallic balance, antishock system, selfcompensating flat balancespring. Dial, case and movement signed. In very good condition. Diam. 33 mm.

CHF 800 - 1000

Sold: CHF 920

LOT 20

Important Collector's Wristwatches an... Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 09, 1994

Universal Genève, 1940's. Very fine 18ct pink gold gentleman's wristwatch.

C. massive, polished, overhanging teardrop lugs. D. black with applied gold indexes and Arabic numerals + auxiliary seconds dial. "Bâton" gold hands. M. 12- rhodiumed, 17 jewels, lever escapement, monometallic balance, selfcompensating Breguet balance-spring. Dial, case and movement signed. In very good condition. Diam. 34 mm.

CHF 1,000 - 1500

Sold: CHF 2,070