Universal Genève Polerouter III

Universal Genève Polerouter III

On November 15 of 1954, a DC-6 aircraft christened the Helge Viking departed Copenhagen for Los Angeles, becoming the first flight to traverse the North Pole. To celebrate this feat, Universal Genève launched the 'Polarouter' (which was later renamed the Polerouter) leaning on the 23-year-old Gerald Genta to design a watch capable of resisting the magnetic fields over the Pole and remain accurate during the flight. Both the flight and the watch were successes, leading to a fruitful partnership between the growing airline and the Swiss watch manufacture. 

Throughout the Polerouter's 15-year run, Universal Genève deviated from Gerald Genta's original design, releasing variants with a panoply of case sizes and configurations. Models such as the Polerouter Sub and the Polerouter Super have become quite collectible in recent years. And when Universal Genève began to roll out electronic movements, the Polerouter got them, too.

This particular Polerouter is the Polerouter III. It was launched in 1970 as the line's run drew to a close. The Polerouter III was never as popular as its predecessors, and has the dubious distinction of being the last Polerouter to be produced (the ill-advised quartz versions in the 1980s notwithstanding). 

However, attitudes toward the Polerouter III are starting to shift as collectors begin to appreciate the quirkiness of 1970s designs. Though the Polerouter III lacks the distinctive stylings of the Gerald Genta-penned version, it has charm of its own, evident in the unusual case shape with its beveled lugs. The dial is also a stunner, a mutable blue-gray that seems to change hue when the light hits it just right. 

Surviving examples are rare, those in NOS condition even less so. The one we offer here comes complete with its original wild boar Speidel strap, which proudly boasts that it was made in "W. Germany." For the collector who desires something a little more off-beat, the Polerouter III is it. 


SKU: TT01187

Stainless steel case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown). Universal Genève Calibre 215 Self-Winding movement. Circa 1970s.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in excellent condition with crisp bevels on the lug. Dial is likewise in excellent condition with fine even patina to the luminescent elements of the hour plots and hands. Universal Genève crown. Universal Genève case back has minimal signs of use consistent with handling but is in otherwise in very good condition.

Includes original 19mm tan wild boar strap by Speidel. Also includes two 19mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle

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