An 18 carat solid gold Universal Geneve, retailed by Cartier gentlemans' vintage manual watch dating, I would estimate, to the around the late 1950's and in very nice original un-restored condition. It runs well and keeps time. The watch is signed in three places, on the case, dial and movement. During the 1950's/60's Cartier sold watches manufactured by a select number of watchmakers, including Rolex, Patek Philippe, Zenith and Universal Geneve. Watches which are dual signed by Cartier and Universal Geneve will show a serial number underneath the lug close to 11 o'clock, done so for Cartier's records. This watch bears the number 18268, providing provenance that this watch was indeed retailed by Cartier and due to the rarity of such models, is a highly collectable and valuable timepiece. It is the first I have owned over many years as a collector.
Dial: original un-restored, finished in satin silver and signed "Universal Geneve Cartier" with hours marked by applied gold coloured batons. The hands are in good shape and the crystal is clean and clear. The dial shows patina which is to be expected with a watch of this age but it presents well on the wrist and of course any restoration would diminish the value of this rare watch.
Case: 18 carat solid gold, in good condition indeed with the expected signs of use over the years but no dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to draw to your attention. The inside of the watch is signed Universal Geneve and the outside is hallmarked as 18 carat gold. The case measures approximately 34 mm across, excluding the crown and 41 mm from lug to lug. There is a presentation engraving on the rear cover.
Movement: Universal Geneve cal. 1107 Swiss manual movement with 17 jewels running well and keeping time.
Strap: fitted with a good quality generic brown leather strap which attached to the watch measures approximately 210 mm from buckle tip to last hole.