UNIVERSAL GENÈVE | MADE FOR SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES SYSTEM: POLAROUTER DELUXE, REF 10234/1 YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1955
Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 CHF
MADE FOR SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES SYSTEM: POLAROUTER DELUXE, REF 10234/1
YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH
Calibre: cal. 138 SS bumper automatic, 17 jewels
Case: 18k yellow gold, screw-down back
Case number: 1'678'562
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: 4 SAS Polarouter letters flown on the inaugural flight to Los Angeles, one card SAS Polar Route coaster
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MVT: running at the time of cataloguing.
CASE: with wear. Some scratches and scuffs throughout.
DIAL: with some wear and some discolouration to the centrefield, the hands with some oxidation.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
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The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The visual condition report and the written condition report (together, the “Online Condition Reports”) are provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and are for guidance purposes only. Any reference to condition in the Online Condition Reports does not amount to a full description of condition. The Online Condition Reports may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the Online Condition Reports of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The Online Condition Reports may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the Online Condition Reports are a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the Online Condition Reports are not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORTS OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
To commemorate SAS’s (Scandinavian Airlines Systems) polar flights from Copenhagen directly to Los Angeles in 1954, Universal Genève launched a watch 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. According to our knowledge the Polarouter De Luxe SAS was only given to the heads of the Scandinavian states responsible for the formation of SAS. The present lot bears the SAS logo on its golden dial and is one of only two known samples to come back to the market.