Universal Geneve Polerouter 204612-2

Universal Geneve Polerouter 204612-2

Maker: Universal Geneve
Model: Polerouter
Reference: 204612/2
Serial: 2314854
Year: 1963-65
Case: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 35.5mm, thickness 
Lume: patina consistent across hands and plots. Lume is still alive under UV lights
Caliber: Microrotor UG Cal. 218-2 Automatic
Service History: serviced January, 2020. Movement is in excellent shape running at +20.3 second
Strap: Non original generic steel rice bracelet or strap of choice from our shop

To shortcut the flights from Europe to California (USA), the airline SAS (Scandinavian Airline System) opened new routes over the North Pole in the 1950s. All crews on these flights had to take part in a special training at the "SAS's Arctic Flight School". The Swiss watch manufacturer Universal Genève (aka. UG) provided the crews with automatic precision wrist-watches that are resistant against the strong magnetic field of the polar region. UG became the official watch manufacturers of SAS and the  design of these time pieces were commissioned to than 23 year old Gerald Genta. Gerald Genta would later design such iconic pieces such as the legendary Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus.

This particular Polerouter, circa 1963-65 looks to be all correct for the reference 204612/2. It has a black glossy dial with big tritium hour lume plots markers, applied logo, dauphine hands, and the Microrotor cal. 218-2 with the correct and coveted Brevet (patent) signed case-back. The famous twisted lugs are UG Polerouter’s iconic sign of character. The crystal has the original acrylic crystal with trapezoidal date magnifier showing off the lovely open 6 and 9 date font. The case back is in good shape with the logo clearly visible. The reference/serial numbers are still visible at an angle and using a loupe. The in-house cal. 218-2 is in great shape and has just been serviced by our watchmaker in January 2020. It is currently running at +20.3 seconds per day. 

Polerouters are not too hard to find, but those examples with all correct and original parts for this rare reference (only produced two years) is extremely hard to come by now. This piece was sourced from a Japanese collector who purchased this piece in America in the 80’s.