Universal Genève Aero-Compax 22289


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Basic Info

Ref. No. 22289
Movement Manual winding
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Leather
Year 1944
Condition 2 (fine)
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United Kingdom, London
Price £5,850 (= $7,171)
Availability Available now


Movement Manual winding
Movement/Caliber 281


Case material Steel
Case diameter 35 mm
Waterproof Not Waterproof
Material bezel Steel
Glass Plexiglass
Dial Silver
Dial numerals Arabic numerals


Bracelet material Leather
Bracelet color Brown
Clasp Buckle
Clasp material Steel


Chronograph, Tachymeter


Small Seconds, Blue Steel Hands, Only Original Parts


This rare, manual-winding, stainless steel Universal Genève Aero-Compax has recently been serviced by our watchmakers and is in good vintage condition. It features a chronograph and a ‘memory’ register and is guaranteed for authenticity.

The Aero-Compax model is interesting in the sense that it has some military provenance with the peculiar and rarely seen complication of the watch suggesting so. With the subsidiary dial at 12 o’clock being a ‘memory’ register, where the user could set the time with the crown at 9 o’clock in order to establish a start time when timing, this was especially useful for pilots and military personnel to mark the start of a mission.

This watch features four sub-registers on each pole, with the aforementioned ‘memory clock’ at 12 o’clock, the running seconds at 9 o’clock and the minute counter and hour counter at 3 and 6 o’clock respectively for the chronograph function. The dial does have some tarnishing to it, but its script remains clear and it is a testament to the fact that the dial is unrestored. The hands are original new old stock Universal Genève blued steel sword hands, and the original UG service box for them will be provided with the watch. The patina on the luminous material of the hands have aged to a creamy yellow, uniform with the off-colour patina of the silvery white dial.

The medium-sized case has a rounded polished bezel and long tapering lugs. It features round pump pushers and a thinner crown for the memory clock on its left. Powered by the in-house Cal. 281, it is a fantastic column wheel chronograph that was used widely in the Compax range.

Our preowned watches have all undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, polished, resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards.


All watches are either covered by a full, or a limited twelve month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information.

If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery by Next Day. All of our parcels are fully insured.

If ordering from outside the UK, your watch will be dispatch the same day with DHL Global Express. Delivery is expected by the end of the next working day. However, delivery time may depend on customs clearance.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

For more information and photos, including 360° degree rotations at, please contact us.




32 Tavistock Street
Covent Garden
London WC2E 7PB
United Kingdom
Tel.: [+44] (0)20 3179 9599

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