About the Watch:
The Universal Genéve Bumper Automatic is a classic, elegant timepiece. With Arabic numerals at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions, gold hour markers, a 14K gold case and case back, and its use of an early caliber 139 movement, this Universal Genéve dates to a production period of 1945-1946.
Founded in 1894 by Numa-Emile Descombes and Ulysse Perret in Switzerland, the Universal Geneva company produced complete watches with in-house movements, including the first-ever chronograph timepiece in 1917. A partnership with Parisian fashion brand Hermés in the late 1930s would lead to Hermés being the leading sales distributor for Universal Genéve throughout Europe until the 1950s. The Henri Stern Watch Agency in Manhattan became the major US Distributor during that time.
The Universal Genéve Bumper Automatic features a 34mm 14K gold case, which wears much larger due to the lug to lug distance of 47mm, and a 14K gold case back. The dial has gold Arabic-style numerals at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions with gold diamond-shaped hour markers around the dial, gold sword-style hour and minute hands, and a gold dot minute track at the outer edge of the dial. The Bumper Automatic is powered by a Calibre 139 movement.
This Universal Genéve Bumper Automatic is in very good condition, with some wear visible on the case and lugs consistent with this timepiece's age. The dial has some patina which is visible in the photographs. The case back features an engraving from the William Wilson Co for Outstanding Sales Performance in 1951.