Universal Geneve Polerouter – Microtor
Automatic – Anno 1958
Caliber 215: First Microtor automatic movement, 28 jewels
|In the early fifties Universal Genève masterminded, parallel to the Buren Watch Company, a radically new automatic winding system: the Microtor with its incorporated rotor mass. The Patent for the technical design was applied on 27th May 1955 and, after some legal troubble, registered on 15th May 1958 under the No. 329805. Therefore, the movements of the first production years are signed “Patented Rights Pending” underneath the rotor. The first movement introduced in spring 1955 was the cal. 215. The rotor is winding the mainspring in both directions, enabling more energy to be stored. The main characteristics are: 28.0 mm diameter, 4.1 mm height, 18,000 vibrations per hour, 28 jewels. The 2-arm monometallic balance is protected by an Incabloc antishock system. The self-compensating flat Nivarox hairspring is blue coloured. The escape wheel is fitted with a Gyrocap shock-protection. The regulator is very short and arrow-shaped; since 1958 a long shaped regulator was used. The power reserve of 60 hours is exptional high. The rotor is pink gold-plated with a “Colimaconnage” finish, the movement rhodiumed with a fine “Fausses cotes de Genève” decoration.From – polerouter.de|
- Model: Universal Polerouter
- Calibre: Very rare Cal 215 microtor movement
- Case: Stainless steel
- Serial: None as “Patented Rights Pending”
- Year of production: 1958
- Size: 35 mm. (ex. crown).
- Crown: replacement
- Band: New Hirsch band size 18mm – Nature collection – model: Liberty
- NOTE: This watch was the first Polerouter (earlier aka Polarouter) Universal produced – the dial stands out as the only one coloured dial I have ever seen from the period 1955 – 1969 – furthermore the Polerouter is equipped with the rare caliber 215 which in 1958 wasn’t patented and therefore signed “Patented Rights Pending”. – Collectors item.
The history of the Universal 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: 7
- Caliber: 7
- Dial: 5
The watch is in perfect working condition and has been serviced by WristChronology’s watchmaker.
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