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1960s Universal Genève Polerouter with Tropical Dial

By the hands of Gerald Genta, for the Scandinavian Airlines pilots and housing the 215 Microrotor caliber: the Universal Genève Polerouter. Plus a beautiful tropical dial.

1950s were years of change, expansion and exciting development for Universal Genève. In 1954 a new advanced production plant was built in Carouge (Canton de Genève, Switzerland). It’s been strategical for the Maison, expecially for the Polerouter, manifactured the years to come. Originally named 'Polarouter' and produced to celebrate the first flight from Europe to America over the Northpole, the Universal Genève Polerouter was equipped by Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) pilots.

Born by the hands of a young and emerging Gerald Genta, the design of this watch is now a cult amongst collectors. While the 215 Microrotor’s reduced thickness allows the watch to disappear on the wrist, the helix lugs make a pleasant effect of soft shapes and lights. The wisely aesthetic gives the watch an elegant personality.

In 1955, Universal patented the 215 Microrotor caliber. This caliber included the rotor into the plate, an efficient engineering solution with an elegant design. Housed in the Polerouter, this mechanical caliber is part of the watchmaking history of the 1950s.

Last but not least, the dial. As a response of light over time, the dial assumed shades of tobacco, coffee and camel. Uniformly aged, the colors are bright and the details, including written, are clearly readable.

Did you know the Polerouter was also produced in Day Date variation? Check here.

This watch is offered in honest condition. The gold and steel case shows scratches. On the back of the case sign of corrosion can be seen on the steel. Gasket of the caseback has just been replaced. Caseback has scratches but still the serial number, reference number and central logo can be seen. The Universal Genève signed crown is a replacement and shows a ding on it. The dial shows a light brown tropical patina and the written are clear as well as the cross-hair. The silver Universal Genève logo is applied and correct for the watch. Lume plots are still visible and matches in tone. The outer white ring on the dial shows minor sign of time. Original dauphine hands are greatly preserved. Movement is working and the historical servicing is unknown. Servicing recommended.

Manifacturer - Universal Genève
Years - 1963-1965

Movement - Universal 215 microrotor, Automatic winding
Model Name - Polerouter
Reference - 204605-9
Material - Gold and steel case
Bracelet/Strap - Generic leather strap
Clasp/Buckle - Generic metal buckle
Dimensions - 35mm x 44mm
Signed - Dial, Movement, Caseback and Crown