Alba Black Digital Chronograph Y446-4060

Alba Y446-4060

Early Alba Digital - Black Coated

One of the harder to find classic Alba, the black Y446.  Came out the first year Alba hit the market in Japan in 1979.  Positioned by Seiko as a separate brand to tackle the youth market, most Alba watches were priced very affordably, and climbed quickly in terms of market share.

This black version is made based on a stainless steel casing, then coated in black.  At that time, plastic casing wasn't that popular, and actually not widely available until early '80s.  According to the serial number on the caseback, this was made in 1979.  The casing was thoroughly cleaned and all the pusher channels were lubricated.  Now it is good as new.

1979年,精工推出旗下新牌子雅柏,主攻年青消費者。首推當時新興嘅電子跳字錶,以大眾化價錢打入市場。當年塑膠錶殼還未盛行,絕大多數錶殼還是採用金屬,再作鏡面打磨或拉絲處理。金屬黑色Coating殼跳字,雅柏黑金剛,屬少有錶款。1979。

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