I’ve found a batch of NOS Universal 16mm SS buckles. Rather than the more common “U” buckle, these have a much more understated “Universal” engraving on the side. The seller claimed that these were nearly identical to Patek buckles, which are known to date to the early 1960s, and that the jewelry store where she had acquired them was once a Patek and Universal Geneve dealer in Upstate New York. I checked out the claims and believe that they’re accurate, adding a charming little bit of provenance to these great buckles.
Allow me to suggest a Horween Cordovan leather strap with one of these buckles as the perfect, elegant way to finish off your vintage Universal.
Please note that the last two pictures in the slideshow above were found on the internet during my research and depict a Patek watch with the same style buckle.