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
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*
Power reserve: 7
Grand total Marc favre/Alpina: 79-82*
Grand total UG 262-263: 81-84