Universal Geneve Polerouter – Microtor
Automatic – Anno 1960
Caliber 218-2: Microtor movement with micrometric regulator, 28 jewels
|The sucessor of the cal. 215 are the cal. 218 and 218-2, whereas only the cal. 218-2, fitted with a date indication, was used in the Polerouter (Polerouter Date). Introduced arround 1960, it replaced all calibers of the type 215. Only for some rare models without an date indication like the Polerouter Sub with two crowns, the cal. 215 was still used. The thickness could be reduced to 4.7 mm due to the integration of the date function. The general technical features and the finish remained unchanged. The movement now has the same micrometric adjustment of the balance spring as the above mentioned cal. 215 (chronomètre). Furthermore, it is featuring several innovations in parts of the automatic mechanism. For example, on 30th January 1957, Universal Genève lodged an application for Patent No. 330900, refering to a further development of the winding mechanism. The cal. 218-9 has an increased balance frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, 28 jewels but no date. It was used in some late Polerouter Genève models.|
- Model: Universal Geneve Polerouter
- Calibre: Very rare Cal 218.2 microtor
- Case: Stainless steel
- Patent: # 3.290.805
- Year of production: 1960
- Size: 34 mm. (ex. crown).
- Crown: Original
- Band: New Hirsch band size 18mm made from Artisan leather – Model: Forest
- NOTE: This watch is among the very earliest Universal Geneve Polerouter (earlier aka Polarouter) models Universal Geneve produced – the dial stands out with its one coloured dial which is hardly ever seen from on the Polerouter models from 1955 – 1969 – furthermore the Polerouter is equipped with the rare caliber 218.2 which in 1960 was the first Ploerouter model to show date and have a microtor at the same time – Collectors’ item.
The history of the Universal Geneve Polerouter
Universal Genève was founded in 1894 and until less than haft a century ago the company was one of the most respected high-end watch brands the world had ever seen. Since its early beginnings, the company had been known for producing complete watches with in-house movements and for its style of combining craftsmanship, passion and knowledge into watches of perfection. In 1917 the company even made an historical claim when creating the first Chronographic wristwatch ever.
The most well known watch made by Universal is without a doubt the Polerouter from the post-war era. Gérald Genta designed the Polerouter at the age of 23. The watch was originally produced under the name Polarouter in 1954, where it appeared with a Cal 138SS Bumper movement. In 1955 the model was still called Polarouter but have had the movement replaced with a new and innovative Cal 215 microtor movement. In 1958 the name Polarouter changed to Polerouter and was produced until late 1969.
Official Pilot watch
15th November 1954 the Scandinavian airlines system (SAS) took up a new flight route going from Los Angeles / New York directly to Europe with their Royal Viking polar flights. The new route reduced the transportation time and was proclaimed as “the first new route to Europe in a thousand years.” According to SAS in a 1954 advertisement: “Royal Viking passengers cruise in regal comfort over Canada and Greenland, dine on continental cuisine with vintage wines…with first class luxury all the way.”
The early Polerouter were constructed to cope with drastic climactic changes, and was therefore designed to be resistant to shocks, corrosion, water and magnetic fields (not to forget useful when an crossing the North Pole) and was soon the be the official SAS Pilots watch due to its durability under extreme temperatures and fluctuating altitudes. – to get the full story of the epic Polerouter made by Universal Geneve – click here
- Case: 6
- Caliber: 7
- Dial: 6
This Universal Geneve Polerouter is in perfect working condition and has been serviced by WristChronology’s watchmaker.
Terms and conditions
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(Guarentee certificate). For WC classification the following applies:
10: LNIB 9: Mint – 8: Near Mint 7: Excellent 6: Very good 5: Good 4: Fair
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*In accordance with the Danish Sales of Goods Act we offer 14 day sale or return on used items. However, Wrist Chronology is well aware of the investment involved in acquiring a vintage watch. Thus, we would like to inspire a more secure and trusting experience upon purchasing a vintage time piece.
That is why we, unless otherwise noted, offer a full 1-year (mechanical) warranty on all of our watches.
- The right to complain covers malfunction (the clock stops running) due to clockwork error.
- However, the right to complain does not cover malfunction caused by miscarriage or damage.
- Upon mechanical malfunctions, the watch is to be handed in / sent to our workshop, where we will carry out the necessary repair this as soon as possible.
- For tolerance connected to mechanical watches, the following values normally apply:
- +/- 10-30 seconds per day comprising watches both above in and the ‘excellent’ category.
- For waterproof watches the warranty does not cover water damage, as vintage mechanical watches are exempted from being actually waterproof due to date.