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SOLD - Vintage 1960s Universal Geneve White Shadow Ultra Thin Micro-Rotor Automatic Watch
I'm not sure where to begin with this watch. This is pure luxury in stainless steel, much like the original stainless steel Royal Oaks by AP. When I first found it I knew I would like it, then I discovered that this Universal Geneve has to be one of the finest I've seen. That brings the word fine to a whole new level. I never thought I would appreciate this sort of bracelet either (the original strap); but after inspection and wearing it, I've gained a whole new respect for this type of bracelet. The Universal White Shadow, designed by Gerald Genta, is a rarer watch, especially in certain dial color variations. Such as this, a very dark silvery grey (not black). It's absolutely stunning. The White Shadow's were first produced in 1965 and were the thinnest automatic watch movements at the time, with a thickness of only 2.3mm. This record was held until 1978. The Shadows were also designed by Genta and were available in 18K yellow and white gold as the Golden Shadow, and in stainless steel as the White Shadow. Both watches contained the Caliber 2-66 micro rotor movement up until the late 1960s. Everything is original on this watch; it's never been refinished in any way. It contains a very important movement, the famous 25 jeweled caliber 2-66, a Universal invention; and it has just been overhauled and running at chronometer specs. For an ultra-thin automatic, the watch demands respect on the wrist while performing its simple task of telling the time and making you look great. The bracelet will easily accommodate up to an 8.5" wrist. Overall, this is the most stunning White Shadow I've ever seen and ties to so much horological history.