Avia watch company was founded in 1887 by H. V. Degoumois in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland. During the 1950s and 60s, Avia was well known for its variety of mechanical watches. Including sports chronographs. In 1968, Avia became part of a consortium of 6 watch manufacturers including Invicta and Sandoz, and it was this consortium that developed the very first quartz digital watch having an LCD display. This new watch appeared for the first time on 6 March 1972 at the Basel watch fair. In 2001 the Fossil Group purchased Avia and is still producing watches today.
This 1960s Avia Marino Diver style chronograph has a 37.5mm all stainless steel case with tapered lugs that curve at an angle making it a comfortable fit. Both polished sides and brushed top edges transition effortlessly. The pushers and crown are found on the right side. A friction fit bezel with 60-minute markings complete with lume pip at 12 o’clock. Acrylic crystal sits above a sunburst blue/purple dial. As you rotate your wrist the dial transitions from blue to a purple hue. Tachymeter outer track. Cube indexes with lume strip through the centre mark the hours, the chronograph consists of a 30-minute register at 3 o’clock and a continuous 60-second register at 9 o’clock with concentric circle patterning that creates a nicely balanced dial. Baton hands with polished edges have the fly-back chronograph seconds hand completing the set. A screw-down case back with 20 ATM engraved in the center. Inside we have a Manual wind Landeron Cal. 248, 17 jewels, beating at 18,000 beats per minute. The watch comes fitted on a 19mm leather strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Avia box or paperwork. The watch comes paired on a well-suited blue leather strap. The watch is from Circa. 1960s and is sold in worn, vintage condition, but overall fair and original condition for its age. Marks can be seen throughout with marks to the crystal too. The watch comes with our 12-Months Non-Waterproof Warranty.