Universal Geneve Military Watch - Is it authentic?
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    Universal Geneve Military Watch - Is it authentic?

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    Hello, I've acquired this watch and whilst I'm not concerned about its value I just want to know if it is authentic, it keeps good time and I like the look of it. It was owned by a U.S. serviceman who was stationed in Europe at the end of WW2 and for the subsequent 10 years. There are a few aspects of the marks and serial number that don't match with other similar examples of this watch I've seen. I believe the serial number, 920842, dates it to 1943 but I've not seen 'SWITZERLAND' marked on the back of Universal Geneve watches from this period only 'swiss' or 'swiss made’. I would also like to know if I should get it cleaned and serviced, not the face though. I'd appreciate it if someone could take a look and let me know their thoughts on it.
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    Re: Universal Geneve Military Watch - Is it authentic?

    Nice watch. Looks genuine, but only "military" in terms of dial style, as it was a civilian watch.

    If you intend to use it regularly, you should definitely have the movement serviced.
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    Re: Universal Geneve Military Watch - Is it authentic?

    Agreed. Looks legit, but not military issued.
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    Re: Universal Geneve Military Watch - Is it authentic?

    Hi,
    I`m no expert on Universal Geneve but it looks pretty genuine to me.
    Whether it was military issue though rather than bought from a retailer or from stores/shops based on military camps for their personnel etc is another matter.
    It has features of some military watches though such as shock protection,stainless steel case with screw down back ( and the longer number marked on the back might be a military issue number -maybe issued in Switzerland?).The shorter number is probably the watch model number.
    It lacks the "railroad track" style minute markers and usually black dial which was typical of many miltary watches but I`ve read that towards the end of the war when watches were sometimes in short supply some specifications were relaxed to obtain supplies of new pieces.
    Good luck with finding out more info
    The crown looks nice and robust and might be original too -I like you`ve got a nice piece.
    Hopefully some U.G. or military watch experts may help with some more expert advice

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    Re: Universal Geneve Military Watch - Is it authentic?

    The numbers on the caseback are simply the serial nr of the case and the reference.

    Here one of the same period


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    Re: Universal Geneve Military Watch - Is it authentic?

    Thanks for all the replies, I'll definitely get it serviced it keeps great time and runs for approx 36 hours without losing time when fully wound. Not too concerned if it was a military issue just really pleased it's authentic for the period and amazed that it runs so well after 75 years. It's going nowhere but home with me.

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    Re: Universal Geneve Military Watch - Is it authentic?

    Based on the UOW US import mark (and the fact that the case back is stamped Switzerland), it's likely that the US serviceman bought it in the US rather than in Europe when he was stationed there.

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    Re: Universal Geneve Military Watch - Is it authentic?

    Quote Originally Posted by claremont_vintage View Post
    Based on the UOW US import mark (and the fact that the case back is stamped Switzerland), it's likely that the US serviceman bought it in the US rather than in Europe when he was stationed there.
    From what you deduce that it was bought by a service man and not by a civilian?

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    Re: Universal Geneve Military Watch - Is it authentic?

    Looks similar to the Delbana I have .
    BTY the tail of the second hand has broken off.
    Guess how I know.
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