1950s Universal Geneve “Venezuela map” made for Henrique Pfeffer Caracas

Universal Genève, the creator of legendary watches during the 20th century, was renowned for its elegance and technical expertise. Among the flagship models, such as the Compax, Aero-Compax, and Tri-Compax, stands the iconic Polerouter.

This model is extremely rare. It features a map of the Venezuela painted on the dial. Very few of these dials were made.

The particularity of this very piece, in addition to its rarity and incredibly beautiful dial, is the retailer signature, at the bottom. H.P.C. stands for Henrique Pfeffer Caracas. Henrique Pfeffer was a famous Venezuelan retailer in the 20th century.

By the 1950’s, the Universal Geneve brand was represented in over 40 countries, including Venezuela, where the present watch was retailed. Universal Geneve’s presence in South America started in the 1930’s, having been affiliated with motor sports including the Mille Miglia, which brought car racers from South American countries to the Italian event. Although Universal Geneve watches were advertised by their retailers, it is rare to find an example that is actually stamped on the dial with the retailer’s name.


BrandUniversal Geneve
Model“Venezuela map”
YearCirca 1950
Case materialStainless Steel 
MovementManual 332

CaseLight usage marks, some pitting
DialSome patina at 12
HandsOriginal, nice condition
StrapLeather Strap


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