Welcome to 2019 as we kick things off with a survey of a vintage top choice in the Universal Geneve Polerouter. The present #TBT comes hot closely following the previous audit of a couple of dress watches, the retro-motivated Hamilton Intra-Matics with smoked dials, so we’re keeping on topic. The Polerouter is an undeniably more celebrated name, however, and we’ll investigate what I believe is a really bringing example.
Nearly three years prior, we went involved with a treated steel Polerouter Jet , a more rakish and modernized branch of UG’s lead line. That watch highlighted a faceted case, slim hauls, a basic dial, and the novel Microtor development. Our model today is a more ordinary Universal Geneve Polerouter and was planned by Gerald Genta. It’s gold-covered, contains an exquisite dark overlaid dial, and apparently has seen little wear during its lifetime. This UG was all around dealt with, however, as it saw numerous administrations that are shown within case back. Additionally, and you can see this on the whole of the photos I’ve taken, the watch accompanied its unique desk work. Coincidentally, this watch will commend its 60th birthday this year; it was conveyed in 1959 to a shop in Geneva.
While I do appreciate gold watches, I regularly avoid gold plated or covered pieces, however when companion and authority Wayne Puckett gave me a note about this specific Universal Geneve Polerouter on eBay, I paid heed. Wayne knows some things about these watches and he could tell, in spite of not terrible, but not great either photographs, that this was a pleasant piece. He was right half a month after I surrender an arranged $600 or thereabouts, the watch showed up. Beside some residue under the precious stone – likely because of on of those earlier administrations – the watch was in awesome condition. I notice no gold misfortune, the dial is fit as a fiddle complete with its lume pips at the hours, the lumed hands look complete, and the first marked crown is available. Thus, it was extraordinary guidance from Wayne.
First presented in 1954, the Universal Geneve Polerouter got renowned for being worn by as they flew the Polar course without precedent for commercial air history. Offered in date and no date forms, the watches arrived in an assortment of dial styles, in gold, steel, and covered. Development savvy, a guard programmed drove things off, yet the Microtor cal 215 joined the quarrel in 1955 as a choice. From numerous points of view, I like to consider the Polerouter a competitor to the Rolex Datejust and the Omega Seamaster. All the watches had some degree of water obstruction and were advertised as dressy watches that could endure the components – or possibly function as an apparatus on the arms of experts, for example, pilots.
It’s hard not to see the plan of the Universal Geneve Polerouter as something besides a work of art. Those streaming curved drags and the thick bezel come together to make a perfectly proportioned watch.
With 19mm carries, the Universal Geneve Polerouter was likewise estimated somewhat bigger than most dress watches of the day notwithstanding a case size of 35mm. With a length of about 44.5mm, however, it wears similar as a 36mm Datejust. At that point there’s the dial, which covers things off consummately. It’s controlled and basic, yet there’s a genuine component of greatness. With its nitty gritty gold external ring that brings out the machine age in combination with a cross-haired dark principle territory, the dial is especially decipherable and truly tasteful. The applied logo is straightforward similar to the knife hands that contain only a stipe of iridescent material. Indeed, even the overlaid composing is kept to a base, however a pleasant touch is the emphasized model name to give a hint of differentiation.
We’ve examined the Microtor before and it’s present here on this Universal Geneve Polerouter. You can see that it’s an outright diamond inside and is perfectly wrapped up. The gold-hued “miniature” rotor, the turning on the plates, and the gold-filled engravings all address a watch that was painstakingly arranged and exceptionally considered by Universal. In addition, with a particularly novel development, it permits the watch to come in at a slim 11mm.
The Universal Geneve Polerouter fires up quickly when gotten and twists easily. As should be obvious, it’s covered by a screw-down case back complete with the Polerouter image. As on so many UG’s, these case backs are worn out and it takes a great deal of work with a loupe to make out the chronic number. All things considered, it’s an attractive logo without a doubt. At long last, while flipping over the case back, we can see that prominent case producer Huguenin Freres built the case.
The Universal Geneve Polerouter has experienced times of genuine interest over the new past. Introductory promotion came about when the UG chronographs discovered notoriety around five years prior and afterward things went somewhat peaceful. Presently, however, there is by all accounts recharged favor for these beautiful watches and costs have followed. Polerouters, by and large, aren’t elusive, however condition differs fiercely. Moreover, guard development pieces appear all the more much of the time today on special destinations too. Evaluating is everywhere relying upon the adaptation, yet figure on somewhere near $1,500 – 2,250 for a decent model like you see here. Fine spotless and strong gold forms clearly sell for additional. All things considered, at the value I cited over, that is still generally reasonable cash for what was a first in class dress watch that competed with the entirety of the large names of the day. Whenever adjusted well, these watches can undoubtedly fill in as a component of one’s ordinary revolution of watches.
For certain, the Universal Geneve Polerouter has gotten a ton of love among vintage addicts. At a certain point, I felt this was somewhat exaggerated and that such an extensive amount it was because of the relationship with Genta, yet I’ve changed course. The Polerouter is a plan win, however in Microtor structure, it’s additionally actually critical. Appreciate the beginning to your year – until sometime later…