One of the very first Polerouters manufactured, a couple of months after its launching.
WHY IS THIS WATCH SPECIAL
Designed by a young Gerald Genta, the Polerouter with its revolutionary design is a welcome addition to any collection.
The Polerouter was designed in 1954 by a 24-years-old named Gerald Genta, the very same man who, almost 20 years later, would design the legendary Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus. The Polerouter was launched in november 1954 to honor a pioneering flight over the North Pole by a SAS crew, hence its name. It was fitted with a bumper movement like the one you see here, later it was replaced by the caliber 215. This Polerouter Automatic, one of the first produced, boasts a robust stainless-steel case with a silver glossy dial. This particular model with the 'Bumper' automatic movement was produced only for one year (From 11/1955 to beginning 1956).
As reference, the same watch ref. was sold by Christie's in Geneva on 14 nov. 2016, lot n° 219, for 4.250€ (with a movement not matching the period and a dammaged dial and lug).
Maker: Universal Genève
Model: Polerouter Automatic
Reference: S 20217 5
Case N°: 1715xxx
Material: Stainless steel
Dimentions (WxHxT): 34x40x10mm
Bracelet/Strap: Black leather
Lug width: 18mm
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
This watch is in very good condition for its age. The case is well preserved with very light scratches throughout, and the silver dial looks great. This Polerouter is still in it's original condition with the signed crown and especially the unfindable original crystal with the Universal Genève logo etched in the center.This is a classic vintage legenday Polerouter, perfect for everyday wear.