Universal Genève. A stainless steel manual wind calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phase  Tri-Compax 'Clapton', Ref: 881101/01, Circa 1967

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Universal Genève. A stainless steel manual wind calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phase
Tri-Compax 'Clapton', Ref: 881101/01, Circa 1967

Sold for £ 10,062 (US$ 12,277) inc. premium
Universal Genève. A stainless steel manual wind calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phase
Model: Tri-Compax 'Clapton'
Reference: 881101/01
Date: Circa 1967
Movement: 17-jewel Cal.281 manual wind, column wheel chronograph
Dial: Silvered, black baton hour markers, outer black 1/5th second divisions with luminous dot 5 minute markers, day and month apertures at 2 and 10, black subsidiary dials at 3, 6 and 9 for seconds, 30 minute and 12 hour recording, moon phase combined with calendar at 12, polished tapering baton hands with luminous inserts, red centre chronograph hand
Case: Brushed and polished round, screw down back, fixed bezel with tachymetre scale, twin chronograph pushers, quick set buttons at 8 and 10
Strap/Bracelet: Black leather
Buckle/Clasp: Steel buckle
Signed: Dial & movement
Size: 36mm

Footnotes

  • Star guitarist Eric Clapton has often been hailed as the first celebrity watch collector, known in the community for his impressive collection and impeccable eye. The Universal Genève Tri-Compax ref. 881101 has been nicknamed 'The Clapton' because it was seen on his wrist as early as 1967, the year the model was first introduced.

    Powered by the famous caliber 281, this chronograph movement is equipped with a triple calendar complication and moon phase. The seconds and chronograph registers are situated at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock. At noon, the dial features an aperture for the moon-phase and a subsidiary dial to show the date. On both sides, two further apertures reveal the day and the month. Of all the different Tri Compax varieties the Clapton is perhaps the most stunning and instantly recognisable with its black tachymeter bezel and the red accented panda dial. The high contrast dial and curved bezel make this a true vintage classic.
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Universal Genève. A stainless steel manual wind calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phase  Tri-Compax 'Clapton', Ref: 881101/01, Circa 1967
Universal Genève. A stainless steel manual wind calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phase  Tri-Compax 'Clapton', Ref: 881101/01, Circa 1967
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