Universal Genève

AeroCompax, a stainless steel manual wind wristwatch with chronograph and dual time zone, circa 1960s

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Introduced in the 1940s, Universal Geneve’s Aero-Compax stood out with its size and unusual dial layout. The Aero-Compax began its run as a four-register chronograph. This collection saw many iterations through WWII, including a pocket compax. This present example was released in the 1960s as a standard three-register chronograph with a 24-hour dial. The addition of the rotating 24-hour bezel was also offered as an added complication to allow the wearer to track another time zone.

Honest Vintage: The Greg Selch Collection

A native New Yorker from a family of connoisseurs, Greg Selch has collected watches for over 20 years, among many other things. Over the years, Selch has become well-known for his passion: “orphan watches” as well as well-worn watches with patina, for which a term has been created:  #selchism.

Condition Report

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The watch is in overall fair condition with moderate wear throughout commensurate with age and usage. Case has visible scratches along with scratches at the crystal. Generic strap has tearing at the interior. Bezel has aged to a faded grey and has visible dents and scratches. Caseback has scratches. The hands have aged with patina. The movement is running at the time of cataloging, however, it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement. All watches sold in this collection are in their "as found" vintage state and may include replacement parts or modifications.


Chronograph, Dual Time



Dial Color(s)


Dial Numerals


Movement Type

Manual Wind

Case Material(s)

Stainless Steel

Case Size (mm)


Case Back


Band Material


Dimension Notes

Fits a wrist size of 7.5 inches or smaller.

Clasp Type


Clasp Material(s)

Stainless Steel



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