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Tri-Compax Ref. 22536 - Original or Redial?

  1. sjg22

    sjg22 Oct 23, 2017

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    I find the UG Tri to be one of the hardest watches to determine a redial on.... Interested to get the board's thoughts on this one.

    Some dirt under the pushers which suggests this hasn't been overly prepared for sale. I know that the moonphase discs are commonly replaced (I'm unsure on this one). If this is a redial, I'd imagine it's an older one. Obviously the hands are missing their lume...

    Anything else that jumps out?
     
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  2. ELV web

    ELV web Oct 23, 2017

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    Looks alright to me. Serial number should say it is from the 40s as it is a 40s dial...
     
  3. sjg22

    sjg22 Oct 23, 2017

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    Serial number is 103XXXX, which looks like it dates to '43-45
     
  4. Diabolik

    Diabolik Oct 23, 2017

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    Looks good to me too ... Should have swiss at six and presume the larger crystal has occluded it.
     
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  5. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Oct 23, 2017

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    Chrono hand is missing its tail ... No issued with dial.
     
  6. bgrisso

    bgrisso Oct 23, 2017

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    Dial looks fine to me.That's a very "stark" photo, doubt it looks like that in person. Would be curious what the lume looks like with a more natural photo, would you try to match the hands? Good luck with the Chrono tail. Is it an oversized case? If you get a good price seems like a good mini project watch.
     
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  7. Diabolik

    Diabolik Oct 23, 2017

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    Larry hawk-eye spots the issue ... completely missed it ...
     
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  8. Northernman

    Northernman Oct 23, 2017

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    A spare tri-compax sweep second hand is a pig to track down. The regular uni and compax ones won’t fit as the sleeve/tube is too short.
    I believe the missing tail is called a poise?

    My watchmaker managed to solder a compax hand to a tri-compax tube for my restoration project. Not for an unsteady hand!

    Happy hunting!
     
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  9. yvrclimber

    yvrclimber Oct 23, 2017

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    Gorgeous piece either way. Good luck on the purchase.
     
  10. sjg22

    sjg22 Oct 23, 2017

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    It's the oversized (37mm) according to the ad. Interesting re: the chrono hand - thanks for the comments.

    In terms of pricing, I've gone through watchrecon.com history and I'm shocked at how few of these have been sold in the recent past given how many collectors seem to be looking for them, so finding what "market pricing" is on these is proving difficult. Hard to use eBay as well given how many frankens and re-dials there are amongst the previously sold examples.

    Does $5,000 neighbourhood seem right, even given the issues with the hands?
     
  11. Northernman

    Northernman Oct 23, 2017

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    The hands are more a case of patience and persistence rather than money.
    I’d say 5k is better than good, for the buyer that is.
    It will need some TLC to be put right, but a competent vintage watchmaker should be able to set it straight.
    Cheers
     
  12. CajunTiger

    CajunTiger Cajuns and Gators can't read newspapers! Oct 23, 2017

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    very nice!
     
  13. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Oct 23, 2017

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    Hands are unicorns nowadays. 5000 seems light. Moon face and good shape.
     
  14. bgrisso

    bgrisso Oct 23, 2017

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    I would just relume the hands and live with the Chrono. [emoji106]
     
  15. Northernman

    Northernman Oct 23, 2017

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    And wait for a unicorn to pass by......
    ;)
     
  16. Diabolik

    Diabolik Oct 23, 2017

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    There are 285 hands going on ebay. Buy one of those and change the tube. Just takes a bit micro drilling and precision soldering...
     
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  17. Northernman

    Northernman Oct 23, 2017

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    Just what we did on mine.

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  18. Mlafra

    Mlafra Oct 23, 2017

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    dial original and from 40s for sure. Only issue are the central chrono hands and the missing lume on the h and m hands.
    Overall a decent watch and in ok conditions but clearly not top.
    Moon disk is also original and correct for the serial number.
    I would say 5k USD looks a pretty good price even considering the issues these days!
     
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  19. deki1908

    deki1908 Dec 17, 2019

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    Sorry for bringing this post up but I am interested too in this reference, any chance you can help with this watch?

    I did some research about UG but I am still very raw when it comes to establish the condition of a dial (original or redial).

    Anything that needs pointing out?

    Thank you very much for your help!
     
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  20. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Dec 17, 2019

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    Much better than that the last one. Tell us why you like it.