Universal Genève Space-Compax 885104/01 MK1

reverse panda - MK1 version - amazing condition

Due to its fantastic condition, this MK1 version of the Universal Genève Space Compax is a truly rare find.

The Space Compax is a prfessional diver's watch from the 1960s that was designed for extreme conditions and was water resistant to 750 feet. Due to its rarity, exceptional design and reliable movement, it is now very popular with vintage collectors. While the later MK2 version had an all-black dial, the early MK1 had a Reverse Panda dial with white sub-registers. In addition, the MK1 features the big "12" and full-lume hour markers.

A beloved and special feature of the Space Compax is its asymmetrical case. To better protect the crown and pushers, the right side of the case was built thicker. The resulting asymmetrical shape is a recognizable feature of Vintage Universal Genève watches.

The reference and serial number of the Space Compax were engraved on the caseback. Most watches have undergone service during their long history, with the movement being overhauled and the case refinished to restore its luster. But in the process, the numbers on the caseback of the watch are gradually polished away until they are no longer visible. This drastically reduces the value of the watch. On the other hand, visible numbers indicate that the watch was not polished or was polished only very lightly. This criterion is very important for vintage collectors and increases the value of the watch.

The mint condition of the Space Compax offered here makes it very special and rare.

Condition report
Dial: absolutely flawless dial - original tritium in hands and markers - matching colors in hands and markers - signed with "SWISS T".

Case: very rarely unworn - crisp lugs - intact reference and serial number on back - even the words "Stainless Steel" are still visible - screw-down UG crown is original - rubber pushers (otherwise vulnerable) are immaculately preserved.

Bezel: flawless - no wear marks - effortless rotation in both directions - original tritium in the lume dot at 12 o'clock.

Movement: manual winding caliber Universal Genève 85 (Valjoux 72) in great condition - chronograph functions operate perfectly - timegrapher: rate: -20s/day, amplitude: 294, beat error: 0.3.

Whether its rarity, attractive design, or reliable movement, this Space Compax scores on all fronts. And as far as condition goes, this specimen is almost impossible to beat.

Serial number: 2509xxx (1966)

Int.Exe.: 75275

Manufacturer: Universal Genève

Model: Space-Compax

Reference: 885104/01

Functions: chronograph - small running second - screw-down crown - hour and minute - stopwatch - 12 hour totalizer - 30 minutes counter - screwed-on caseback

Material: Stainless steel

Dial: Reverse Panda (black dial, white subdials)

Watch glass: plexiglass

Bracelet: leather

Type of clasp: pin buckle

Diameter: 40mm

Caliber name: Universal Genève 85 (Valjoux 72), 17 jewels

Movement type: manual wound

Year of Manufacture: 1966

Overall condition: 9 - has rarely been worn - top condition


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