Universal geneve movement dating
Model: Polerouter Date Reference: 204605Year: 1960s Case No: NAMaterial: Stainless Steel Dimensions: Diameter 35mm; thickness 9mm Sapphire Crystal: No Lume: Tritium Caliber: Universal Geneve caliber 69 with micro-rotor Bracelet/Strap: Original folded bracelet from Universal Genève Lug Width: 19mm Box/Papers: No The case of this Polerouter is in great condition, with few hairlines, and clearly visible down-turned lugs.The dial is almost tropical, which explains the darker lume on the hands and indexes.In addition, the brand also makes historical claim for creating the first-ever chronographic wristwatch in 1917.Started and briefly based in Le Locle, co-founder Ulysse Perret would relocate Universal to Geneva in 1919, solidifying the company's status as a Genève brand.The Polerouter was designed in 1954 by a 24-year-old named Gerald Genta, the very same man who, almost 20 years later, would design the legendary Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.The Polerouter was launched in honor of a pioneering flight over the North Pole, hence its name.The long second hand tube is already a challenge, as they are next to impossible to get a hold of. I hold my breath removing the hands, as I don’t want to damaged the dial. The movement is so dirty that the gear train is glued into the jewels. All the parts cleaned and I use several boxes to have any chance of getting the parts back in the correct order.No way we can use the old hour recorder or the plate for the triple date mechanism.
The case has two slots so that the dial screws can be accessed while the movement is in the case.
During the company's tenure in much smaller Le Locle (Neuchâtel region), Perret had conceptualized the company as Universal Watch in 1894 with classmate Numa-Emile Descombes, both of whom were horology students at the time.
Although Universal began only as a manufacturer and retailer of cases, crowns, dials and movements, the company whilst under Perret and Descombes patented the brand's first 24-hour indication watch.
First impression of the movement is positive, but it’s the dial side I’m worried about. The triple date plate removed revealing the setting mechanism. This is important before taking the train bridge off as it is screwed into the train bridge. The quick set pushers for date, moon-face and month.
Here is a close up of the central chronograph second hand. I turn the movement around and start taking the chronograph apart. I get a pleasant surprise when the hour reset lever screw unscrews without a fight.
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