Unviersal Genève Polerouter Date 'Glossy gilt dial' Sold
Case: All Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 35.5mm excluding original UG signed crown
Caliber: Microrotor UG Cal. 69 Automatic
Strap: 19mm handmade leather strap
Now, everyone knows the story of this watch but here’s a reminder, just in case: To shortcut the flights from Europe to California (USA) by some thousand kilometers, the airline SAS (Scandinavian Airline System) opened new routes over the North Pole in the 1950s. All crews on these flights had to take part in a special training at the "SAS's Arctic Flight School". The Swiss watch manufacturer Universal Genève provided the crews with automatic precision wrist-watches that are resistant against the strong magnetic field of the polar region. They became the official chronometers of SAS. This design was commended to 23 year old Gerald Genta who also was the same designer of the legendary Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus. Soon this Polerouters, specially the Date versions, became a sought after for collectors all around the world.
This particular example circa 1962-63 has an amazing glossy gilt dial with golden tritium hour lume plots markers. The dial remains in great condition with only some minor staining on the outer perimeter of the left side of the dial which is hardly appreciable unless seen under macro lens. It has the correct applied UG logo and a beautiful minute counter inner silver ring that make the face of this piece just awesome. The 35.5mm (excluding the small original flat UG signed crown) all stainless steel case is part of Watch History as young 23 year old Gerald Genta (same designer of the Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus) designed it especially for SAS. The famous twisted lugs are UG’s sign of character adding so much value to the piece. The case back has some marks due to normal wear but they let the logo and reference/serial numbers still clearly visible. Something pretty hard to see on these as the engravings were very faint and tent to fade away quite easily.
The in-house Microrotor cal. 69, correct for this model, is clean and shiny as it has been fully serviced by our watchmaker.
It comes suited on an 19mm handmade leather strap and a rare and nice vintage Universal Geneve box.