A stunning Huguenin Freres case with some real trademark features instantly recognisable and perhaps most commonly associated with HF's most famous collaboration- The early 50s & 60s Speedmaster's. We see in this of the era case the same "Twisted" or flared lugs and flat front case bezel type. This case is not all looks tho, that screw affixed case back and the monoblock case design is excellent, by design waterproofing and dust-proofing features perhaps indeed why this dial has survived as well in this last
A gents watch that's full-size 36mm in diameter, excluding crown, 39mm inclusive a long 44.5mm lug tip to lug tip and 19mm lug spacing.
This vintage sized watch can hold its own in a world of often needlessly oversized watches but the Compax does so with good reason this handsome case houses perhaps one of the most iconic 3 register chronograph calibres the Valjoux 72.
Instantly recognisable fixed tachymeter bezel. like many other racing tool watches of the era, (think Speedmaster, Daytona etc)
Black backdrop with silver-white detail the DoN bezel may be most familiar to Speedmaster collectors.
(FullyWound tip of the week?) ...for any of those collectors that may worry about preserving that bezel... a daily wear replacement can be found in the form of a Speedmaster reduced bezel!
In any vintage chronograph the "reverse panda" is a desirable look, and in the case of this UG it certainly lives up to its "evil" namesake. There is something exceptionally aggressive masculine and unforgiving about the evil Nina dial.
Like many other tool watches of the era the dial was designed to give maximum read clarity at a glance the UG Comnpax EN does this by offering stark contrasting monochromatic blacks on whites and whites on blacks with a dash of racing colour from that centre sweep seconds hand in deep blood red.
Because great watches deserve great straps:
2x Custom made Attila Aszodi Watch straps
1x French Hide Calf Tan Coloration Cream Stitch and cream lined
1x "Raw" Leather Hand Distressed Black with titanium stitch
Both Unique and bespoke custom straps RRP £290 each
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Powering this watch is the legendary Valjoux 72 movement. It's what ticked inside the Rolex Daytonas and Heuer Carreras of the same era and you'd be hard pressed to find a more respected workhorse of a mid-century chronograph movement.
manual-wind chronograph, 60s, 30min, 12h, pillar wheel
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 48h
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