Rare Vintage Elge Geneve Super Compressor Divers Wristwatch
Not many of these guys about at all!
Elge watches were produced by the French manufacturer Ets Yolabased in the large town of Annecy in the Haut-Savoie just over the Swiss border from Geneva. They were in business from the mid 1940s until the early 1970s.
You can view this Watch in a short video: here
Dating this Watch
Using the date code inside the caseback which is April 1969 we can date this accurately to 1969.
Quality Swiss made ETA 2472 Automatic movement with centre seconds.
The Movement has benefitted from a full service and is wonderful and clean whilst keeping excellent time.
Service History: December 2021
Sublime Vintage Divers Tritium Dial.
T Swiss Made T
The Dial is in fantastic condition for its age, there is a faint ring back in the middle where the hands have rubbed on the dial but nothing major at all.
Marked T Swiss T for the presence of Tritium, which still shines faintly when under a charge.
This is the Original 53 year old Factory dial.
THIS IS NOT A REDIAL!!!!
Case & Bezel
Top Quality Chunky all Stainless Steel Super Compressor Case.
The Case is in nice condition for its age with no real marks to write home about at all. Few tiny age related marks but commensurate with age.
Most importantly, the case has never been polished, the case edges are still sharp.
Markings to the case back still nice and legible however, at some stage in the Watches History someone has fashioned two diy divots into the caseback so they could use a jaxa tool to open the Watch up. It does not harm the function of the caseback and is just purely cosmetic.
Bi-Directional Inner Bezel is controlled by moving the upper crown and it moves nicely in both directions, in very nice vintage order.
Case approx. measures in at:
Diameter with Crown: 39mm
End of lug to lug: 43.5mm
Lug Spacing: 19mm
This Case was rated Waterproof back in the Day, it is now a Vintage Timepiece, it has NOT been tested for Water Resistance and if you wish to Submerge this Watch, you will need to have the Watch Professionally Resealed before doing so!!
Hands, Crystal and Crown
Original Hands are in very good order, they have been relumed as part of the Service.
Crystal has been lightly polished and is in good order.
Original Super Compressor Cross hatched Crowns.
On a cool 19mm Tan Brown Handmade Suede Leather Strap with Steel buckle.that compliments the Watch very well indeed.
Comes with a free GungaDin Watch Box as standard.