CASE MATERIAL: Stainless steel
CASE DIMENSIONS: 36 mm in diameter
DIAL: White dial with black hour markers, luminous dots at each hour marker near periphery of the dial, three black chronograph subregisters in "panda" configuration
BRACELET MATERIAL: Universal Geneve signed in stainless steel
BRACELET SIZE: 7-3/4 to 8-1/2 inches
MOVEMENT: Manual wind
FUNCTIONS: Time, day, date, month, chronograph and moon phase indication
Universal Geneve's Tri-Compax is a mechanical tour-de-force, combining a chronograph with triple date and moonphase in a surprisingly legible format. The 881101 takes this paragon of watchmaking and gives it a decidedly sporty look, including a fixed tachymeter bezel and twisted lugs harkening to the manufacturer's Polerouter model. This reference was famously photographed on the wrist of musician and legendary watch collector, Eric Clapton.
Dial has aged to a beautiful eggshell color with few marks, mostly toward the center of the dial. Luminous material on the dial is fully intact, appears original to the watch, and has become darker over time; hands may be relumed. Case likely unpolished with few scratches commensurate with age and normal wear. Movement running at time of cataloging. Overall in very good condition.
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