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Universal Watches

Nourished by watchmaking creativity and passion, the very rich history of Universal Genève is punctuated by innovative movements and legendary timepieces.

It was in January 1894 two talented watchmakers from Locle (Numa Emile Descombes and Ulysse Georges Perret) founded a company specialised in the manufacturing of complex watches. Five months later, they filed their patents for the invention of a 12-hour and 24-hour watch with a spinning disk. Upon the death of Emile Descombes 4 years later, Perret associated himself with Louis Edouard Berthoud, and together they manufactured pocket watches. A year later, they presented the Universal Watch Extra pocket chronograph. Note that Universal Genève would be the first House to tackle the disappearance of the pocket watch.

Beginning in the 1930s and after being established in Geneva, the company would have the Universal Watch and Co. name, and watches would be signed “Universal Genève.” Universal Genève watches are distinguished by their elegance and technical nature. The “Universal Genève” style was born with such iconic models as the Compax, the tri-Compax, the Aero-compax, the Polerouter, and the Microtor.

In the 1960s, Universal Genève was positioned in the new watchmaking trend as a precursor to quartz movement, and in 1975, it launched the thinnest calibre quartz, which contributed to its international reputation. Indeed, we note the presence of Universal Genève on Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, and Italian markets.

Since the 2000s, Universal Genève has opened new perspectives in launching collections such as Okeanos for men and Anthea for women, while respecting the elegance and beauty of a mastered watchmaking complication that formed its reputation.

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    > All your purchases are insured against theft and accidental damage up to the sold price whilst in transit from us to your delivery address. We insure and assume liability for all items until they are received by the buyer.

    For deliveries to Hong Kong, we charge a flat rate of HKD270 on each package. We will dispatch orders within 2 business days from the date that we receive your order and credit verification has been confirmed. Our courier partner UPS offers international express service, which delivers orders, within 3 - 4 business days from the date of dispatch. Orders are delivered Monday to Friday. Recipient’s signature is strictly required on delivery to confirm receipt.

    Yes. Before any item is listed online, it is first examined and authenticated by our in-house team of experts who have collaborated with the most prestigious auction houses in the world. Each item is guaranteed authentic and delivered with a certificate of authenticity by Collector Square.

    We accept Visa, MasterCard and PayPal. with security provided by the 3D-Secure system and by our partner HSBC.

    We offer free exchanges or returns within 14 calendar days of receipt of your ordered items which do not match product description or there are unspecified defects. All items must be returned unused,in their original purchase condition, and with all packaging materials. Return shipping costs are at our expense. All returns must be authorized by our Concierge Service before returning to us.

    Hong Kong Concierge Service


    +852 2483 3353

    (Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm)


    +852 9828 3303


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    Paris showroom

    36 boulevard Raspail, 75007 Paris

    (Monday to Friday, from 9am to 7pm)

    Universal Geneve in stainless steel circa 1990
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    Universal Genève Pink Gold Circa 1960
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