1940s Universal Geneve 22286 Aero-Compax New Old Stock
Introduced in 1940, the Aero-Compax was distinguished by its unusual dial layout. Unlike conventional chronographs, which have two or three registers, the early Aero-Compax had four. The upper register at 12 o’clock was a secondary time display, with two hands that could be set by the crown at 9 o’clock, used by the pilot to set the departure time of a flight.
This timepiece is simply sublime, with an elegant white dial nicely patinated. It features a unique design with 3 chronograph counters for hours, minutes and seconds and the “memento” counter at 12. The hands also play an important role in this balance, whether it be the swords hands or the small hands of the counters. All the atypical and unique factors of the Aero-Compax are amazingly well preserved on this particular model, the nice tachymetric scale, the four counters, and original and pilot swords hands.
Inside the 33,5mm case, the watch, composed of several complications, is driven by the Universal Genève column-wheel calibre 283.
But this piece really stands out because of its exceptional condition. For us, despite the many watches we manipulate every day, finding this piece was amazing. Don’t get us wrong, it is literally untouched, unworn, never serviced and in absolute pristine condition. It even comes with its original pigskin bracelet and Universal-signed steel buckle.
A true museum piece. No less.
BrandUniversal Geneve CaseUntouched
Case materielStainless Steel
DialUntouched, lightly patinated at 12
HandsOriginal, perfect condition
AccessoriesOriginal strap and buckle