Universal Geneve


Universal Geneve Cal 1-69 Microtor

Case material:

Stainless Steel

Ref: 569119-09


Here we have a beautifully designed watch with a heritage dating back to 1954 and was designed as a true pilots watch. This model has a gold plated 34mm case, screw down case back and interesting dial. Designed by Gerald Genta.


The Polerouter was introduced in 1954 for the SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System) which had been testing a shorter flight path from LA to Copenhagen. This route crossed over the north pole which caused issues with on board timekeepng instruments, the Polerouter (originally named Polarouter) was therefore designed. 


This model also uses the microtor movement, named for it's miniature oscillating weight (rather than a standard rotor that covers half the movement). This smaller rotor fits flush with the movement plates which allows for a thinner watch and also means the watch can be decorated nicer with more info to be etched into the plates. The invention of the microtor was a big step towards thinner automatic watches.


This particular watch is a stunning and original example of a late 60s Polerouter. It has a brushed gold dial with an applied textured glossy ring where the hour batons sit.


The crystal is also original and has the magnifying cyclops on the inside of the crystal (tends to be on the outside or missing on replacement crystals) and the shield logo etched in the centre.


The hands, dial and markers all show some light patination though there are no scratches or stains.


We have fitted a quality lizard grain brown leather strap to this watch.


The case back has not been polished on this watch as it displays the brand logo on the back and model and serial number near the crown.

Water resistance is not guaranteed with any of our vintage timepieces.


There is a lot of info online about the various models, designs and movements that were developed for this line of watches.


Technical Details

This watch uses the Universal Geneve automatic Cal 1-69.

This has 28 jewels and a rather impressive 57 hour power reserve.

Frequency of 18,000bph.


Condition Report

This watch is in excellent and original condition. The dial shows some light ageing and the case has some light wear though no deep scratches, stains or obvious plate wear. The movement has been serviced by us so is clean and keeping excellent time.

Universal Geneve Polerouter Automatic c.1968

  • If you are not local to us, we are happy to post your watch to you, fully insured next day delivery at buyers expense (between £8 and £12).

  • While all care is taken to ensure every watch functions perfectly well, occassionally when worn on the wrist they can behave slightly differently. If any issues occur within the 30 days after purchase we are happy to refund or repair the watch hassle free.