Universal Genève

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Universal Calibre with Microrotor

Universal Genève is a Swiss watch manufacture.

Numa-Emile Descombes and Ulysse Georges Perret together founded in 1894 in Le Locle first an etablissage workshop and a watch trading. Early on, the company specialized in wristwatches and in the first world war produced a bracelet chronograph. By 1918, Universal had already openend a branch in Geneva, which was gradually expanded to become the administrative center of the company.

In the 1930s, the focus was on the production of wrist chronograph models with the models Colonial, Compur and the very successful Compax chronograph range. In 1941, Universal built a new factory in Pont-de-Martel to meet the demand for watches as war equipment. It is unclear whether the chronograph movements came from Martel or Universal's factory there, but Universal also developed and produced their own time-only movements. In the fifties, Universal patented, among others, a jumping central seconds, an automatic with bidirectional rotating central rotor and the "Microrotor", an automatic with off-center planetary rotor (also called micro-rotor). In 1954 the launch of the well-known wristwatch model "Polerouter" followed. In 1956 a new production facility in Geneva was established and thus the entire production was shifted there. In the sixties, Universal temporarily worked together with Movado.

In 1989 the Stelux group bought the company and the brand Universal.

See also Universal calibres


Universal Genève SA
Route des Acacias 6
Case postale 515
CH-1211 Genf 24

Tel. : 022 / 307 78 80
Fax : 022 / 307 78 90

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