Universal Genève, Polerouter III. Center seconds, self-winding, water resistant, Stainless Steel wristwatch. Circa 1970's
Case: Two-body, brushed, screw back, Stainless Steel. Signed
Dial: Blue with applied silver and white inlay baton indexes and luminous dots, with seconds track, apertures for the date at 6 O'Clock
Movement: Cal. 215, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 28 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring, micrometer regulator, fitted with a micro-rotor.
Dial, case and movement signed.
Size: Diameter: 36mm Thickness: 8mm
Watch appears in New Old Stock Condition with Wild Boar strap in natural leather.
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, Univeral Geneve opened a new production plant to accommodate after-sales service and produce new models.
In 1953, Univeral introduced a water-resistant Tri-Compax, which led to the development of other water-resistant 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. Later renamed “Polerouter”, the watch is also important for its designer – Gerald Genta.
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. Other iterations of the Polerouter include the rare Polerouter Sub, and the Polerouter with date.
In 1962, Universal Geneve began developing electronic movements, which would lead to their foray into quartz watches and the outsourcing of production of their own chronograph movements. The Polerouter models were very successful for Universal Geneve and in the 1970's the last Polerouter was released under the name Polerouter III.
The present Polerouter is in like new condition with a rare blue dial and fitted on its orignal wild boar (cinghiale) strap in natural le