Digi-mechs are a beloved artifact of a fascinating time in watchmaking history. With the advent of digital watches, mechanical watchmakers had to innovate and keep their place in the market. This faux-digital display was the result of this innovation, and ironically the same digital devices they were competing against have long since degraded internally, while the mechanical digi-mech with proper servicing can go on indefinitely. This Avia is a prime example, with its neat hour, minute and second wheels and sturdy steel case. The blue smokey gradient dial is a striking futuristic accent, and despite having a minor blemish from polishing this watch is in very good condition.
NOTE: It is strictly recommended that you do not move the hour discs backwards, and only move them forwards to avoid any maladjustment of the jump-hour springs.
Avia was a Swiss watch watch company. The history of Avia watches goes back to the latter end of the 19th century. They made good mechanical lever movement watches under their own brand name and provided watches and movements for other brands including New York, The Ball Watch company and A Wittnauer.
In 1968 after becoming part of a consortium of watch manufacturers they developed the first quartz digital watch with a LCD (liquid crystal display) and revealed it to the world in 1972. This invention took the watch market by storm and meant that watches of unparalleled accuracy could be mass produced cheaply. This market lead didn’t last long as the technology was easily copied. Eventually Avia was bought out by the Fossil Group who still sell Avia watches today.
Servicing and Guarantee
This timepiece has been serviced with full disassembly. There is a 12-month guarantee, subject to the usage and care guidelines. The watch comes with an 20mm brown genuine leather strap with white thread detail.
Case and Strap
- Original 70’s tonneau style case.
- Chrome plated case body.
- Acrylic crystal.
- Stainless steel snap caseback.
- Period correct bracelet with stretching clasp.
- Width w/o crown: 36.4mm
- Width w/ crown: 39.3mm
- Full height: 42.6mm
- Thickness: 12mm
- Strap width: 20mm
Dial and Hands
- Original, blue smoke dial
- White jump-hour wheels
- German-made movement.
- PUW 1560D caliber.
- 25 jewels.
- Instant jumping hours digital indication.
- Finely satin-brushed plates and bridges.
- Polished wheels and screws.
- Testing duration: 2 weeks cyclic test
- Average timekeeping range: 20-40 sec/day
Servicing and Guarantee
- Fully serviced.
- Mechanics in full working order.
- New genuine leather brown strap with white tread detail.
- 12-month guarantee.
- Guarantee Terms and Conditions.