The Compax line of chronographs is one of Universal Geneve's most iconic. The Compax is said to have been introduced circa 1935, and it is known to have as many as 185 references throughout its history, often with multiple variants within each reference.
The Ref. 284.495 Compax was first introduced around 1994 and was said to be a complete flop when it was first released, thanks in no small part to the devastating damage the brand done to their image during the 80's by going in hard on Quartz. The Ref. 284.495 features a very well regarded Lemania calibre 1873, which was the base calibre for the Omega Speedmasters at the time. The case is crafted from stainless steel and 18k gold.
This particular variant of the Compax is sometimes referred to as the “Baby Nina”. This is due to the fact that a stunning vintage sports watch, very much resembling this model was catapulted into the collector's periphery after being worn by the famous model Nina Rindt, who was married to the legendary Formula One driver, Joachim Rindt in 1967.
This particular Compax is in absolutely superb condition, it is still stickered and it comes accompanied with its full set of Boxes, Original Strap, Swing Tag and Deployant Clasp.
View this "Baby Nina" in a video: here
Movement: Manual Wind with Sub Seconds and 30 min/12 Hour Chronograph.
Calibre: UG 84 (Lemania 1873).
Service History: Full Service March 2023.
Dial: Original Universal Dial.
Bits that stand out:
- Supreme Quality Movement.
- Superb Condition.
- Stunning Dial.
- None really, bar missing the papers.
Overall this baby is in Superb condition.