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Thread: Massena Lab Uni-Racer

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    Massena Lab Uni-Racer

    Just wondered if anyone here had seen or experienced one in the wild?



    It's a pretty accurate re-interpretation of one of my favourite watches, the Universal Geneve Uni-Compax "Big Eye". Unfortunately it's now sold out in my preferred configuration with the white dial, however I could put my name on the waiting list.

    I've no experience at all with Massena Lab watches and wondered if anyone here could enlighten me.

    Oh and a link to the the real thing for anyone interested. Unfortunately they go for considerable money these days.

    https://www.rescapement.com/blog/a-b...eve-uni-compax

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    I think Ryan (ryann741) has or had one.

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    Thanks

    I've just done a search here and found the following, looks like it's not a favourite amongst the UG community.

    https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...hlight=massena

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    I have one.

    It is designed to look similar to the Uni-Compax, but it is definitely not a Uni-Compax. It is obviously a bit larger, and something I did not expect is its weight. It is not a heavy watch per se, but it is not light, either. Considering that the original case is nothing particularly special, I consider the Massena Labs Uni-Racer a bit of a step up.

    The movement, on the other hand, is a step down. It might be a high-grade Sellita, but it is a cheap movement for a watch at this price point. Mine evidences a small amount of play in the main hands when setting time, but it is accurate and everything works properly. I am no fan of the Valjoux 77xx series, and the Sellita does not impress me any more or less than its inspiration.

    I got the Uni-Racer because I would never be able to own a Uni-Compax, simple as that. Taken on its own merits, it is a very nice watch. I like the Uni-Racer. I enjoy wearing it, but it benefits from a heavy strap or bracelet to offset weight of the head. I think it is USD 1k too expensive new, but I got mine used and will not complain.

    Anyone expecting this to be a replica of the Uni-Compax will be disappointed. This is what I read into most negative comments about it. It is an homage, not a replica. The hands are not blued but anodized (I think), and there are several small design deviations from the Uni-Compax. In most manners, it improves upon the original in real-world manners. I wish it had a better movement inside, and I wish it were a little smaller, but it is a very interesting piece that I doubt will leave my collection any time soon.


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    I had one and it was on SC but nobody bit so it just sold on ebay

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    Thanks Ryan and aFiercePancake for your thoughts and picture. Plenty to think about, I'll probably keep a look out for a used example rather than put my name on the waiting list, as I detest all that nonsense.

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Still available on mrporter.com

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    Nice watch, new brand for me. Remind me the famous Hamilton intramatic chrono


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