When one goes deep into Universal, peers beyond the Polerouter, and creeps past the Clapton, other beautiful references await as reward. Among them, the debonair, thin, manual-winder that is the Monodate. With its face bearing a striking resemblance to the PP Calatrava, the 21319 is an extremely restrained dress piece. Three-handers are a timeless aesthetic. They don’t come more beautiful than this example, produced by UG and signed by London retailer W Benson.
If a pie-pan Constellation is Mad Men to the core, this is its English equivalent. Its silvered baton indices and uncluttered dial are pure design by restraint. The model has a huge range of dial designs and the model saw a variety of calibers. This early 1950s variant sports a cal. 267G manual wind, something I’d now consider more attractive and fit to purpose for its outright thinness.
This example has a perfect dial. Nothing is perfect, but this dial is. Double signature and all. Its case is unpolished as far as I can tell and is said to be running well. It comes with a UG hang tag and box.
Find this Monodate available here from @byitscover1 by DM for 2000 GBP.