New life for Univesal Geneve cal. 262
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    New life for Univesal Geneve cal. 262

    Hello everyone,
    this thread is about my first restoration experience -)

    One day I understood I bored of new watch purchase. I just didn't want to.
    So I decided to find a watch and breathe new life for it.

    Style I chose was Military from 1930-1950 (google request will be "military vintage watches").
    Then was a long month of monitoring all russian forums and platforms.

    And here is the piece I found:
    Universal Geneve caliber 262

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    Watch History

    I thought this time piece was made for some EU army.
    After couple google requests I found another dial with Royal sign under the logo:
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    I contacted to Universal Geneve via email and they confirmed the company made this military watches in two types:
    • Usual - watch type military for regular customers
    • Military with sign - for the Royal Dutch Army with royal sign of Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands


    Furthermore, I asked about my own watches by providing S/N and got the answer about production year: 1943 (officially confirmed by UG).
    So, I found 76 years old watches and I had to restore it.
    Let's go through all steps.

    Mechanism service
    Vintage watch purchase is always lottery. Each detail or item could be broken based on many reason (bad seller, nasty post service, etc).
    In this particular case the mechanism was fine, but need to pay attention about small barrel bridge, all other parts are in good condition after service.
    By the way, this stage took about 1 week. Dial was cleaned in the same service.

    Case & Crystal
    This two steps was delegated to Center of Watch Restoration, which belongs to Konstantin Chaikin (do you remember his Joker watch?).
    Two stages for case we needed to pass:
    1. Remove old chrome.
    2. Make a new one.

    Sounds easy, but the 2nd step was passed just after 2 times. I'm not a specialist, but based on words of service it was tough.
    New mineral crystal was found and installed there as well. 3 weeks for case & crystal.

    New strap
    To be honest, this task I solved after 3 hours of choosing a concept.
    That was difficult to understand and order a strap without watch, without understanding how it could be on my wrist, etc.

    And here is what I get
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    And of course the watch on my wrist:
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    Hope you enjoyed this story and don't be afraid of restoration process. -)
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    Re: New life for Univesal Geneve cal. 262

    Looks fantastic and will be good for another 76 years. Congratulations.
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    Re: New life for Univesal Geneve cal. 262

    Looks amazing!
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    Amazing watch looks new.
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    Re: New life for Univesal Geneve cal. 262

    Good job! Nice.
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    Re: New life for Univesal Geneve cal. 262

    Looks fantastic!

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    Re: New life for Univesal Geneve cal. 262

    Wow!!
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    Re: New life for Univesal Geneve cal. 262

    Very nice job, but I am very curious how did you contact Universal since it has been sold to Hong Kong-based investment firm Stelux Holdings International, Ltd., which also owns Cyma back in 1989 and that the fact that they don't have a website anymore. However I found this when googling for an existing and official universal website https://universal.ch/en/coming-soon/ ?
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    Re: New life for Univesal Geneve cal. 262

    This was really fun to read. Awesome post/pics/work!
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    Re: New life for Univesal Geneve cal. 262

    Thank you guys! :)

    Quote Originally Posted by georges zaslavsky View Post
    Very nice job, but I am very curious how did you contact Universal since it has been sold to Hong Kong-based investment firm Stelux Holdings International, Ltd., which also owns Cyma back in 1989 and that the fact that they don't have a website anymore. However I found this when googling for an existing and official universal website https://universal.ch/en/coming-soon/ ?
    Good question actually!
    You don't believe, but when I worked on this watch in May/June 2019, UG website worked.
    Here is a screenshot from web archive with "Contact" item in menu:

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    Furthermore, Universal Geneve has great support, they answered me in 4-6 hours. Awesome!
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