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Universal Genève
'SAS' POLAROUTER, REF 20217-6 STAINLESS STEEL ANTI-MAGNETIC WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1954
Dial: silvered
Calibre: cal. 138SS bumper automatic, 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number: 1'648'639
Closure: stainless steel buckle
Dimensions: 36mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
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Catalogue Note

To commemorate SAS’s (Scandinavian Airlines Systems) polar flights from Copenhagen directly to Los Angeles in 1954, Universal Genève launched a watch, the present lot, designed by Gérald Genta, then only 23 years of age. This was one of Genta’s earliest contributions to watch design, and, of course, much more was yet to come.

Universal Genève, a company with significant experience in the production of precision and anti-magnetic timepieces, became sole supplier of chronometer and anti-magnetic watches to SAS. The first pieces were given to the pilots and crew of the inaugural flight upon their landing at LAX on November 15th 1954. The earliest examples, as with the present lot, house the calibre 138 bumper automatic movement and bear the SAS logo on the dial.

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