Universal Geneve calibre 262-263 Marc Favre 595 Alpina 595

Marc Favre introduced their calibre: 595 mostly to sell to  Universal Geneve who introduced it as their calibre 262 and 263 for centre seconds. When introduced it lacked shock protection, but Inca shock was soon added. Alpina also utilised the movement, but with no differences from the Marc Favre version.

Marc Favre-Alpina cal 595 Universal Geneve calibre 262-263 

  • Made approximately: 1940-60
  • Made in Switzerland
  • Power reserve 39h
  • 15-17 Jewels 
  • 18000 B/A
  • Lift angle 52°
  • DM 26.6mm
  • H 3.9mm

Surface finish is of high quality. All screws are  polished and have good finish. The bridges are separated on the UG with a sharp design while the MF/Alpina version is of a more traditional design. Ratchet wheel and crown wheels are finely finished. Standard jewel count. 

Top surface finish on plates: 7-8 Points

Surface finish on screws: 8 Points

Surface finish on ratchet and ratchet wheel: 8 Points

Movement Jeweling: 6 Points

Movement is fairly up to date for 1940.

Movement design innovation (for 1940):  7 points

The base plate has nice decoration. The Yoke and Yoke spring is machined into one part eliminating the need for a setting lever spring.

Base plate finish: 7 Points

Setting and winding mechanism: 8 Points

Gear-train finish: 8 Points

Movement durability: 7 Points

First model did not have shock protection. Later versions had inca shock. 

3* Bonus points

The 595 and 262 are good performers when in good condition. 

Accuracy: 8 Points

Power reserve is fair: 7 points  

Alpina-Marc Favre cal 595 Universal Geneve calibre 262/263 summary: 

Surface finish on bridges and top side of base plate: 6-8

Surface finish screws: 8

Surface finish on ratchet and ratchet wheel: 7

Movement Jeweling: 6

Movement innovative design for ca 1940: 7 

Base plate finish: 7

Setting and winding mechanism: 8

Gear-train finish: 8

Movement durability: 7

Total bonus points: 3*

Accuracy: 8

Power reserve: 7

Grand total Marc favre/Alpina: 79-82*

Grand total UG 262-263: 81-84

*Bonus points. 

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