Universal Genève was founded in 1894 in Le Locle, Switzerland as Universal Watch, by two Horology students Ulysse-Georges Perret and Numa-Emile Descombes. By 1919 they had moved their operations to Geneva and renamed the brand Universal Genève. They have been owned by Stelux, a Hong Kong investment group, since 1989.
The Polerouter was first introduced in 1954 and was worn by commercial flight captains for Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS). Their flights took them from Europe to America via Greenland, over the polar region hence the “Polerouter” name. The Polarouter was designed by Gérald Genta at the age of 24.
Our 1963 Universal Geneve Polerouter Date has a stunning 34mm 18ct Rose Gold case. Tapered twisted lugs with a lug to lug length of 42.5mm and a thickness of 9mm ensures a comfortable fit on your wrist. A thin smooth bezel holds a domed crystal above a striking golden dial. A raised outer edge with applied hour markers and at 3 o’clock a framed date window. Elegant dauphine hands are complemented by a tapered sweeping second hand. On the reverse a screw-down case back. Inside a Micro-Rotor Universal Geneve Cal. 69, the movement was introduced in 1962 and produced until 1965. The watch comes fitted on an 18mm ostrich strap.