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Brand Universal Genève
Ref. No. 222100/2
Movement Manual winding
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Leather
Year 1959
Condition 1 (mint)
  With box
  With papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United Kingdom, London
Price £11,950 (= $14,931)
Availability Available now


Movement Manual winding
Movement/Caliber 281


Case material Steel
Case diameter 36 mm
Waterproof Not Waterproof
Material bezel Steel
Glass Plexiglass
Dial Silver
Dial numerals No numerals


Bracelet material Leather
Bracelet color Brown
Clasp Buckle
Clasp material Steel


Moonphase, Chronograph, Date, Weekday, Month, Tachymeter


Small Seconds, Luminescent Hands, Blue Steel Hands, Only Original Parts


This vintage stainless steel Universal Genève Tri-Compax Ref. 222100 is in excellent condition, and comes as a full set with box and papers. It is from circa 1959 and was retailed by Harnos S.A. in Mexico.

The Tri-Compax comes in many variations, both in case shape and dial style, with this one being a later variant, featuring a distinctive Bombay-style case, with downturned twisted lugs. Sized at 36mm and 13mm thick, it has a nice modern presence on the wrist, complemented by the round pump pushers.

The unrestored silver metallic linen face has a vertical brushing, creating a nice texture and depth to the dial, and contrasting with the concentric patterned recessed subdials. All hands are original, including the distinctive red subdial hand at twelve o’clock, that denotes the date. It has a tachymeter on the outer track of the dial, taking up a large space, and giving the otherwise busy dial some much-needed balance. It is understandable why Tri-Compaxes are so loved; the subdials have fantastic proportionality, plus there is the vintage charm of the aesthetic.

Powered by the in-house Cal. 281, it features a triple calendar, chronograph and moonphase. The name ‘Tri-Compax’ stems from this, denoting that the watch has three complications. These complications can be set through the small pushers, found on the left side of the case.

This watch comes with a brown Jean Paul Menicucci strap and a stainless steel tang buckle. It is very rare to find a Tri-Compax as a full set, and to find one such as this example is really a collector’s dream.

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.

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