Universal Genève Polerouter Sub Super Compressor (42mm First Execution)


***As featured on HODINKEE's Bring A Loupe***

Brand: Universal Genève

Model: Polerouter Sub Super Compressor Automatic (42mm First Execution); Serial #2113XXX; Swiss Made circa 1960-1961; RARE; comes with period-correct Universal Genève box

Case: Solid stainless steel Super Compressor case with curved lugs and screw-down back is approximately 42mm excluding the crowns; the top crown is signed by Universal Genève and rotates the internal bezel; the bottom cross-hatched crown winds and sets the watch; serial number remains visible on the outer edge of the caseback dating the watch to 1960-1961

Strap(s): New 22mm textured tan hand-made calfskin strap (Hermès style) with polished stainless steel tang buckle; also includes rare 22mm vintage black rubber Tropic-style diver strap with curved ends and stainless steel tang buckle

Movement: Universal Genève cal. 215 Microtor self-winding automatic movement (28 jewels); the first micro-rotor movement; detached manual-winding; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning gloss black dial with gold printing and "POLEROUTER SUB" in silver print; large 42mm solid stainless steel Super Compressor case with curved lugs and screw-down back; rotating internal bezel with luminous markers from 0-20 displays elasped time (i.e. during dives); high-grade and historically-important Universal Genève cal. 215 micro-rotor movement; comes with period-correct Universal Genève box

Condition: Very nice original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and use; solid stainless steel Super Compressor case is thick and sharp with minor scratches and wear; incredible glossy black dial with crisp printing and all lume dots present and in tact; dial is aging to matte with minor spotting in some places as shown in the macro photos; original hands may have been re-lumed long ago

Other: This is a very rare opportunity to own one of the coolest and most coveted Super Compressors of all time: the first-execution Universal Genève Polerouter Sub. This early example is in fantastic original condition and its 42mm case with curved lugs wears extremely well on the wrist. If you're wondering about the different size crowns, they are believed to be original and characteristic of the earliest production runs of the Polerouter Sub. This makes sense given the age of this particular example. Eric Wind even made note of this in his April 18, 2014 installment of HODINKEE's Bring A Loupe. Our favorite design element has to be the non-luminous hour markers printed in white with little lume dots at the outer edge of each marker - What a unique and wild design! These white hour markers typically age to a yellow hue over time, which has occurred on this piece. You can read more about these scarce Universal Genève Polerouter Sub Super Compressors (PSSC) in a detailed article written by our friends at Worn & Wound.

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