This watch, the Universal Genève Space Compax, is one of the works of art of 1960s plan, with the entirety of the extraordinary components expected to cause a genuinely complicated wristwatch to appear to be reasonable and alluring simultaneously. During the 1950s, the last DNA Chain twofold helix was found and impacted furniture originators with their jacket stands and cap racks. Afterward, the 1960s were tied in with dashing vehicles and eventually Space Travel. The contemplations on the name of this watch are that Universal Genève needed to make the possibility that its watch could likewise be embraced by NASA for the Space Program… however, it was only the encapsulation of European styling.
The Universal Genève Space Compax is a lovely watch however not exactly as strong as the Speedmaster – something I discovered while reestablishing these watches back to their previous greatness. It is more a watch to venture off your Riva speedboat at the quayside of the Monaco Yacht Club, much the same as the 1960s fly set. The watch should be reasonable for both plunging and motorsport, as the two orders could use the 12-hour chronograph, just as the bidirectional bezel for off-set timing.
Typical of the Space Compax is its awry case, with the more extensive right-hand side holding the pushers in defensively covered shoulders. This could appear as though the screw-in pushers utilized by the Rolex Daytona however, for this situation, they have been designed just to shield the elastic pushers from harm and, with a considerable amount of exertion, they can be taken out. This watch accompanied standard steel chronograph pushers, just as the elastic ones with the ribbed steel lodgings removed.
The fundamental issue with the Space Compax is that it didn’t stand the trial of time just as the Speedmaster – as you can see underneath, an example of watches that had an intense life.
They can be found with missing bezels, as they were basically anodized light aluminum, often without the Universal screw-in crown and quite often with the elastic pushers harmed or with the ribbed steel pusher lodgings eliminated and the pushers supplanted with what ended up being Omega Speedmaster standard pushers. They had a dazzling connected wristband made by Gay Frères yet I barely at any point saw one fitted originally.
The watch was produced with two dial styles. First is the “Civilian” variant, much the same as the one above. It includes a dark dial with silver differentiating counters, and an Art Deco 12 o’clock marker. The subsequent style, the quieted dial style, was an all-dark dial with U-molded hour markers, which could be called “Military”. These names came from a man at Universal Genève (responsible for old parts). Not official names, I should add, exactly what he called them. Universal Genève at the time was making altogether different watches to the exemplary 1960s passage and I was told I was quite fortunate they had any old parts left.
The instances of the Universal Genève Space Compax are perfectly made – either rakish, similar to the one above, or with the pusher side brushed and adjusted, which give the watch a natural moved feel. The enormous screw-in crown was a Universal creation. Rather than screwing-down onto a string on the cylinder side, there was a level shallow winding ring that got within the crown and wound the crown down to make a pressing factor fit. Something of a fiddly answer for the waterproof crown issue, later tackled by the more powerful Rolex approach… and eventually a disappointment. The measure of water-harmed dials demonstrates the veracity of their imperfect design.
The acrylic gem of the Space Compax is thick and highlights the UG image engraved within, in the center – much the same as on Speedmasters with the Omega logo that can be found inside the Hesalite precious stones. Albeit the pushers and the crown may have demonstrated the Space Compax’s demise, UG didn’t ration the case completing, the dials or their hustling yacht structure style handsets. And furthermore, unquestionably not for the development, as the revered Valjoux cal.72 12-hour chronograph was utilized as its running engine. An attempted and-tried development, the regular “go-to” development for the rush of watch companies that immediately produced a 12-hour chronograph with the thin expectation that NASA may look long and hard at an eye over their watches.
Don’t misunderstand me, this is a delightful watch, as a large number of Universal’s reach were at that point. I simply imagine that this watch was possibly hurried, to make it stick out. Albeit the plan prompts are magnificent, it might have been unavoidable that it would not go the distance.
Get one if it’s all the same to you on the off chance that it isn’t strong. The development will run fine, however like most vintage watches, it will not be water-safe (by any means). The elastic pushers truly don’t last and if getting one, request to perceive how they work – or better, get one with the pusher protective layer eliminated and standard catches fitted from Universal Genève, if conceivable. It truly is one of those items that look lovely in pictures, similar to a piece of workmanship yet only to a greater degree a Cubist development than an Impressionist vista.
N.B.: There are a few decent books on Universals of this period. Simply search Universal Genève Compax and Good Luck!