Service: Universal Polerouter Geneve calibre 218.9

IMG_9173Magnus from Sweden sent this one in – a great looking Universal Polerouter. The hands probably aren’t original, as they are a bit on the small side, but the dial and case are in great condition.IMG_9172

This doesn’t look too great, so it definitely is time for a service.IMG_9175

You got to love this movement – great finishes, and a micro rotor!IMG_9178

That is just a gorgeous movement.IMG_9180

The micro rotor with the winding gears.IMG_9182

The wheel train.IMG_9184

The two wheels on top of the barrel arbour have a ratchet mechanism that lets the manual winder work independently of the automatic winder.IMG_9186

This intermediate wheel moves the gear train and balance over a bit to make room for the rotor.IMG_9187

Mainspring barrel.IMG_9190

The bottom plate is quite simple. Note that the escape jewels are capped.IMG_9276


All ready for reassembly.IMG_9279

The gear train is back together.IMG_9280

The auto winder gears sit under the micro rotor.IMG_9281

Ready to put the rotor weight back in.IMG_9282

And the movement is beating again.IMG_9329

Dial and hands are back on.IMG_9330

And the movement is cased.IMG_9331

Not bad considering what it looked like before!IMG_9332


A fine looking watch with a fine looking movement.

13 thoughts on “Service: Universal Polerouter Geneve calibre 218.9

  1. I really like that movement!
    I have one watch that looks very much like this one. (69 – movement)
    I hope it is ok for me to ask a question about the movement as mine is giving me problems.
    It runs quite well, but there is a “delay” in movement of the minute and hour hands.
    What I mean is that when I change time with the crown I can see the hand for the seconds is moving, but both minute and hour hand are standing still for approximately 20 – 40 minutes before they start to move. After that the watch keeps time rather ok. It also seems as the watch slows down a bit when its time for the date to shift (but I am not sure about that).
    Is this a common problem, and is it something that can be fixed easily (cleaning and lubricating) or do I need new spare parts?
    Thanking you in advance

  2. Wow, what a beautiful movement. Even the uninitiated could tell that is a high end movement – it positively glows with quality.

  3. Sorry!!!! Another question…..and a perfect example of a problem I’m having with a similar movement.

    When it comes to putting the gear train back together how do you manage to get all the pinions in the jewels when adding the top plate?

    I often find that one or two will sit with a bit of encouragement but then I struggle getting the last pinion into place. As the plate coveres the gear wheels it’s hard to maneuver.

    Any advice would be welcome.

    Best regards


    • Hi Nick,

      What I find works best is to apply a minimal amount of pressure to the plate with a piece of pegwood, and then to move the pinions one by one into position with a pair of tweezers, moving away from the point where you apply the pressure. When I mean minimal, I mean minimal 😉

      • Thanks ever so much for that. I’m looking to do the distance learning course myself…..just saving the pennies!!!

        Thanks again

  4. I wish I had your expert skills and knowledge. Are you completely self taught or did you study at a school of horology?

    • I took the BHI distance learning course, and, at the same time, had tuition from a local watchmaker. Then a lot of reading, and, above all, practice until the cows come home 😉

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