Universal Geneva
CHRONOLOGY

1894

January 18th, creation in Le Locle of the Decombes & Perret watch company headed by Numa Emile Descombes (1863-1897) and Ulysse Georges Perret (1868-1933).

1925

Two international patents (N° 91051 and 91463) are registered for the Auto-Rem, the first self-winding wristwatch by Univesral (a mechanism equipped with buffers).

1927-1929

Presentation of the Cabriolet model and of watches endowed with an 8-day power reserve.

1934

Creation of the double push-button Compur chronograph wristwatch (a trademark registered under patent N°83340); the first movement used is equipped with two column wheels.

1935

Launch of the Compax chronograph wristwatch with 12 hour and 30 minute counters.

1936

Presentation of the Uni Compax chronograph wristwatch with 45 minute counter.

1937

Universal Watch Co. Ltd is renamed Universal Genève. Creation of the smallest ladies chronograph wristwatch of the era, equipped with a 19 1/2” movement.

1940

Launch of the Aero-Compax (patent N° 235608). This is a Compax chronograph equipped with a fourth subdial featuring hour and minute hands at 12 o4clock and enabling the user to memorise the start of an operation by means of an additional crown at 9 o’clock.

1943

Universal Genève presents the calendar watch, with or without moon-phase display, showing the small seconds at 9 o4clock, the day at 12 o’clock and the months and moon phases at 6 o’clock.

1944

Manufacture des Montres Universal, Perret & Berthould SA Genève. To commemorate its 50th anniversary, the company presents its latest launch: the Tri-Compax. This hour counter chronograph with triple-date calendar and moon-phase display is to become one of watchmakings’s greatest.

1945

Introduction, within the Compax range, of the Medico-Compax, a chronograph featuring an hour counter bearing a pulsometric scale; and of the Dato-Compax, a chronograph with our counter fitted with a 4th subdial at 12 o4clock indicating the date from 1 to 31.

1954-1955

Launch of the Polerouter or Polarouter. SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System) makes the inaugural flight along the first air route between Europe and the United Stats to accross the North pole. The crew is equipped with a high-precision self winding watch (Cal. 138) capable of withstanding the powerful magnetic fields around the Pole.

1955

Creation of the Microtor (patent N°329805), a new type of self-winding movement with oscillating weight integrated within the movement (Calibre 215).

1963

Presentation at the Basel Fair of the Universal Genève Railrouter and Polerouter Electric models.

1966

Launch of the Golden Shadow, the world’s thinnest self-winding watch, driven by Calibre 66 and Calibre 67 with date display (2.5 mm thick).

1968

Introduction of the Tuning Unisonic, a watch with a tuning-fork type frequency regulator.

1975

At the Basel Fair the brand presents the Calibre 74, the world4s thinnest analog-display quartz driven movement (just 3.45mm).

1994

Ro celebrates its centenary year, Universal Genève launches a world first (UG Calibre 42-83/4”): the Janus watch, inspired by the Cabriolet model. Its reversible dial features a single movement allowing one to read off the time on two dials, including one with jumping hours.

2005

Universal Genève launches two new collection: Okeanos (for men) and Anthea (for ladies).

2006

Presentation at Baselworld of four new moels: the Microtor UG 100, the Okeanos Compax, the Okeanos Aero-Compax and the Okeanos Moon Chronograph.

2007

Presentation at the Baselworld of three new steel men4s watches: the Microtor UG 101 (self winding proprietary movement), now produced in series; the Uni-Timer, with two counter chronograph Calibre UG 71.5; and the Timer Chronograph, with three-counter Calibre UG 71.6, the two latter being equipped with and openworked oscillating weight. for ladies, the Anthea steel watch is available in two new jewelry versions: one set with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds and the other with 132 brilliant cu diamonds.

2008

Universal Genève presents the Microtor Cabriolet, a new timepiece inspired by the Cabriolet, the first reversible watch launched by the brand in 1928. A daringly shaped model in a decidedly masculine spirit and a marvel of mechanical ingenuity, the Microtor Cabriolet is driven by the signature Microtor UG 101 movement and is distinguished by its impressively understand design. Meanwhile, another new release sees the Microtor UG 101 welcoming a new dial and an exclusive steel bracelet.

… – Today

Universal Genève continues to offer chronographs and keep a quality after-sales service.
We have Universal Genève watches under production at the moment. Our watches are available for order on City Chain Hong-Kong.
UG watches will also be available very shortly in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.

Universal Genève S.A.
38 chemin du Grand Palais
Case postale 128
CH1217 Meyrin 2, Switzerland
Tel : (+41 22) 307 78 80
Fax(41 22) 307 78 90

Universal Genève S.A.
38 chemin du Grand Palais
Case postale 128
CH1217 Meyrin 2, Switzerland
Tel : (+41 22) 307 78 80
Fax(41 22) 307 78 90