Estimate: $5,150 to $8,240; sold for $5,393Also in the Christie’s auction were two rare models from Universal Genève, and if it were not for the unbelievable – though entirely justifiable – price paid for the black Compax with Hermès signed dial, both watches would be on this list. However, since that one smashed its high estimate ($8,000) and sold for a whopping $46,224, it doesn’t really belong here. The other UG was reference 32422, aka the Medico-Compax, a doctor’s watch with an outer scale to measure pulsations. It’s a very wearable watch, with an attractive layout, engined-turned subsidiary dials, and crisp indications – and it fetched its low estimate (possibly due to its chromed case). Since it was the first UG in the catalogue, I can only imagine aficionados of the brand were saving up for later models, such as the Hermès Compax.
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