1962 Universal Geneve Polerouter Date Tropical

A true legend, Universal Geneve Polerouter featuring the first caliber ever to use winding rotor integrated into the movement allowing to make thinnest automatic watches. It was patented by Universal Geneve in 1955 under Microtor trademark. This particular piece is notable for its Gerald Genta's design and stunning gilt black dial turning slightly tropical. It is powered by the cal. 69 - the last representative of the classical microtor family, originating from the famous cal. 215.

Manufacturer: Universal Geneve, Switzerland
Model: Polerouter Date
Reference: n/a 
Type: Automatic water-proof watch
Year of production: ca.1962
Case type: 2-body, mixed satin and mirror finishing.
Case material: Stainless Steel
Case measurement: 34 mm (without crown) / 46 mm (lug-to-lug) / 18 mm (between lugs)
Case serial number: n/a
Case back: Screw-back signed with Universal Geneve logo, signed "Swiss", "Acier Inoxydable" and "HF" for Huguenin Freres (casemaker which produced also Speedmaster Professional cases) on the inner part. Signed with Polerouter logo on the outer side.
Crown/pushers: Replacement steel crown 
Crystal: Original plastic crystal
Movement type: Automatic movement with date
Movement model: Cal.69 signed "Universal Geneve Swiss Microtor 69". 28 Jewels, 18000 A/h, 57 hours of power reserve.
Dial: Gilt black dial with machined rehaut, decorated with beveled hour markers. Tritium plots on the outer perimeter of the dial. Signed "Universal Geneve Polerouter Date" at 12 o'clock along with raised silver Universal Geneve logo. Signed "Automatic" and "Swiss T" at 6 o'clock.
Hands: Silver gold hour and minute hands, silver sweep seconds hand.
Case condition: 2 (fine). Strong geometry and edges, showing general traces of use and scratches.
Movement condition: 1 (mint). Service history is unknown. Adjusted and keeps good time.
Dial/hands condition: 1 (mint) - 2 (fine), glossy dial in good condition turning slightly tropical (yet visible in certain light - like sunshine). Minor scratches and traces of aging.
Overall condition: 2 (fine).
Delivery set: The watch comes with hand-made distressed leather strap (made in Italy) and generic steel buckle, our company’s warranty certificate, general terms and conditions of sale.
Warranty: 1-year technical warranty in accordance with terms & conditions (limitations may apply)

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Category: Universal Geneve

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Measuring a watch

It is always crucial to understand the size of the watch, especially when it comes to vintage watches which are generally considered as too small in comparison with what watch industry offers today. For example, the original Patek Philippe Calatrava introduced in the 1930s was only 31 mm in diameter, while today's classic Calatrava is 39 mm. When you think about 8 mm, it doesn't seem to be a big difference, but believe it is.

In our condition reports we normally disclose three most important parameters as follows: diameter without crown / lug-to-lug length / lug width. 

Diameter without crown

It is, so far, the most important measurement to understand the size of a regular round-shaped watch.It helps you to understand proportions and overall look of the watch. It is important to consider width of the bezel and color of the dial, because certain combinations may make the watch look bigger, while some other smaller. It is all very individual, however there is common understanding:

Lug-to-lug width

This parameter will help you to understand whether the watch is comfortable for wearing. You should compare lug-to-lug width with the width of your wrist, and if lug-to-lug width is smaller or equal, then this watch shall be comfortable.

Lug width

This measurement is defining what size of strap you need for the particular watch. Depending on era and manufacturer you can find watches with lug width between 14 mm and 24 mm. Most common sizes are 18 mm and 20 mm.