UNITRA WAREL SANYO LED 1977

Unitra-Warel assembled LED watches in Poland from Japanese Sanyo parts from around 1976 to 1980. It's hard to say for sure if the cases and bracelets were also imported but you might find an identical LED watch sold in Germany by the well-known Dugena with a plain caseback and different logo on the crystal instead of the distinctive Unitra logo that is hard to find. A few versions were available and the two pictured here as the large mens models with a typical Sanyo module found in many high-grade LEDs such as Compuchron or Longines. The union of Unitra companies went bust years ago but the brand still has great sentimental value for most people in Poland so it is not surprising that these LED watches reach top dollar on local Polish auction websites. 

 

 

Finding a genuine Unitra-Warel LED watch on Western auction websites is a challenge but even if you find one don't expect that it will reach high values. The name doesn't ring a bell to nobody aside Poles that  remember the 1970's and 1980's. Many people now tend to buy vintage items from their childhood to compensate for all those years when they could not afford them but I guess it's the same scenario everywhere in the World. In Poland we keep an eye on Unitra and other cult items whereas people in the West try to find their beloved Timex or Pulsar LED watches :)

 

 

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Keywords: unitra warel, unitra led, dugena

Market value: 50-200$ (model, condition, box)

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