Alba Introductory Model Y448-6000 Black

Alba Y448-6000 Black

Earliest ALBA Digital

Introduced in a special issue of the Dealer's Catalog in 1978 December, the name ALBA was mentioned along with a bunch of digital watches, which in design, were very different from what Seiko had been offering.

Among the five models shown on the catalog page, three of them are offered with a round face, in three different colors.  It's offers time keeping, stop watch and chronograph function, no alarm.  Priced aggressively to tackle the young people's market.  These were the first batch of ALBA watched released in 1979, the official year of ALBA hitting the market in Japan. 

Bracelet comes with this sample, is the original, all functions are working including the tiny light bulb. Hopefully, I could find the other two color variants down the road.

ALBA advert 1978 cover
ALBA advert 1978

About the Author Eric

Eric has been a gadget lover for decades and had been collecting affordable vintage since the nineties. With his passion for vintage watches, he had been sharing thoughts and photos in interest groups, with his intention of raising public interests on forgotten classics.

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