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Universal Genève “A. Cairelli” Military Rattrapante

1950s

The Universal Geneve 22560 is a split-second chronograph first manufactured in the 1940s as a military wristwatch. With a large 44mm case and a highly legible 24-hour dial, it also features two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 16-minute register which aid the pilots in their astronomic navigation. The split seconds chronograph mechanism is operated through a single rectangular pusher to the band and through the crown which was considered a technical wonder for that era. Another noteworthy feature is its Valjoux 55 caliber which is most prominently recognised as the caliber used in the highly regarded Rolex 4113.

The signature of A. Cairelli – the Rome retailer that supplied timepieces to the Italian Military Air Force – is indicated at 6 o’clock on the dial, emphasizing the military provenance of this reference.

Manufacture

Universal Genève

Year

1950s

Reference

Model

“A. Cairelli” Military Rattrapante

Case Material

Stainless steel

Case Dimensions

Ø 44.5mm

Lug Width

22mm

Crystal

Dial

White with black Arabic numerals, signed A. Cairelli, with blue Breguet hands

Complications

Time and Split-Seconds Chronograph

Movement

Universal Valjoux 55 VBR, manual, 17 jewels

Production Quantity

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