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2.0422 AVELTA DIGI-MECH AUTOMATIC, FRANCE 1970s

£420.00 (incl. VAT) £378.00 (incl. VAT)

This gorgeous Avelta digi-mech from the 70’s is in such good condition even we here at the workshop are coveting it! The sturdy 42mm case body has been re-plated with a 2 micron thick layer of gold and mirror polished by expert jewellers, giving it a lustre that pictures cannot do justice.

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Key Features

This gorgeous Avelta digi-mech from the 70’s is in such good condition even we here at the workshop are coveting it! The sturdy 42mm case body has been re-plated with a 2 micron thick layer of gold and mirror polished by expert jewellers, giving it a lustre that pictures cannot do justice. Below the extra thick acrylic crystal is a nifty three-disc timekeeping set up: rotating wheels for hours, minutes, and the lesser encountered running seconds. The dial appears to have a ‘tiger’s eye’ gemstone effect, something we’ve never seen before! Powering the watch is a beefy PUW 1560D  automatic movement from Germany, which boasts a 40hr power reserve and 25 jewels. This is not one to be missed.

Digi-mechs are far from the sort of watch that you’re used to seeing, this piece comes from the 70’s ‘electronic/digital’ era, when classical mechanical brands were competing with electronic watches and developing these kind of mechanical timepieces with digital display complications. Fun fact – 99% of those advanced electronic digital watches are now dead and non-repairable, due to the degradation of the integrated electronic components. However, the horological digi-mech creations are still alive and running, and with regular servicing will continue to do so for 100+ years.

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.

About Avelta

Mr Édouard Chemla created the Avelta brand in the 1960’s at 6 rue de Maréchal Fayolle in Marseille. The history of the brand seems to have become lost in time, although their beautiful watches still remain. All the components have been French-made, and the quality in many aspects is usually better than Swiss products of the same grade level.

Overview

Case and Strap

  • Case body newly replated with 2 micron thick layer of gold.
  • Stainless steel screw-down caseback.
  • Thick acrylic crystal.
  • New 26mm black leather strap.
  • Dustproof/weatherproof.

Dimensions:

  • Width w/ crown 42 mm.
  • Full height 42 mm.
  • Thickness 12.5 mm.
  • Strap width 26 mm.

Dial and Hands

  • Digi-mech style dial with Tiger’s eye chayotant dial.
  • Three discs for hours, minutes, and running seconds with Arabic numerals.
  • Signed ‘Avelta, Digital, Automatic’ on right hand side of dial.

Movement

  • German-made movement.
  • PUW 1560D calibre.
  • 25 jewels.
  • Automatic.
  • 40hr power reserve.

Testing Results

  • Testing duration: 2 week cyclic test
  • Average timekeeping range: 15-30 sec/day

Servicing and Guarantee

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