Quick peek of a rare bird,

Jul 10, 2024,10:50 AM

a Universal Geneve White Shadow Quartz with Cal. 74 and blue dial. The dial color has degraded over time to a nice purple hue when the light hits it the right way. Very hard to capture on camera but I'll give it a try:

If you guys are interrested I'll do a follow-up with more model-specific information and more pictures. Although still mostly unknown to a broader public and comperatively undervalued, these early UG quartz watches deserve a lot of credit for bringing quartz movements down to the slim height we are used to in todays world. I don't have any production numbers at hand but I am quite sure there can't be too many around still in perfect working condition. This one seemed to be unselvageable due to worn gears, leaked battery and no available spare parts but a microelectronics specialist and fellow watch collector proved otherwise.

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And Yes, more info please

 By: Larrykelley11 : July 10th, 2024-18:26

What a piece!

 By: KMII : July 10th, 2024-11:39
Would most certainly be interested in more details! I do have the mechanical White Shadow equivalent but the quartz one might be a rarer bird indeed. Thanks for sharing! ...  

Thank you, wow your mechanical version is stunning too - it even comes with the original GF bracelet!

 By: clemens m : July 10th, 2024-12:03
I am looking for a White Shadow with the "Starry Nights" dial version (with or without the mother-of-pearl arabic numerals) but I feel prices have gotten a bit silly for nice examples, if you can find one - they are RARE watches with that dial configurati...  

Thanks so much πŸ™πŸ»

 By: KMII : July 10th, 2024-13:54
Let’s also see what will now happen to the brand under new ownership πŸ˜ŠπŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

I am also curious what they will do with it within the next few years.

 By: clemens m : July 10th, 2024-14:51
But I might not really be the targeted customer for the relaunched Universal Geneves, rumors are they will be starting in a 5-digit price range and that is unfortunately way out of my comfort zone. Seeing that one can hunt down vintage Polerouters, White ... 

That sounds like a plan πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»

 By: KMII : July 10th, 2024-19:43
And I fear you’re right about the relaunch πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Extremely charming this one!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : July 10th, 2024-12:15