881101/01, ‘Eric Clapton’ Tri-Compax, Steel
A ref. 881101/01 ‘Clapton’, the height of complicated Universal Genève and arguably Universal’s most significant intersection with culture. The Clapton Tri-Compax sports a full calendar, moonphase, and column-wheel chronograph all in a 36mm, lyre-lug steel case. Eric Clapton purchased one during his years with Cream and wore it frequently. But it was the night Clapton met Hendrix in 1966 and was pap’d with this on wrist which gave the 881101/01 its status as both the ‘Clapton’ and perhaps the most historically significant Universal Genève chronograph, ever. For a manufacture that also made the Big Eye and Nina, that’s saying a lot. To quote (1977) Lay Down Sally, ‘There is nothing that is wrong’. A perfect complicated chronograph.