Universal Geneve, Ref. 6950, sold on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands by Global Associates operating the US Military Exchange on March 1, 1969. 18K yellow gold wristwatch with chronometer grade movement, and an original buckle. Accompanied by original outer and fitted boxes. Original chronometer certificate of high precision, tags and original invoice.
Case: Two-body, polished, concave lugs, step bezel, snap-on case back. 18kt yellow Gold.
Dial: Silver with applied gold baton indexes. Sunburst dial with Universal logo applied. Yellow gold baton hands.
Movement: Cal. 215, rhodium plated, 28 jewels, Automatic micro-rotor straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self compensating Breguet balance spring, index regulator.
Serial Nr.: 28X
Diameter: 34mm Thickness: 10mm
Accessories: Watch comes with original buckle, inner and outer boxes, Universal Geneve certificate of High Precision, Universal Geneve service papers, miscellaneous tags, original retailer invoice and original UG buckle.
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 gold 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.
This particular watch is much of an oddity. It was acquired at Global Associates which was operating the US military exchange on Kwajalein Atoll, in the Marshall Islands. The Kwajalein Atoll is lesser known compared to the larger military establishments at Guam and Okinawa. But decades ago, most ballistic missile tests were conducted around the island including nuclear testing. The original owner hardly wore the watch and kept it as well as the day he bought it with all its accessories including the original receipt and a rare High precision certificate. This would be a great addition to any Universal Geneve collection.