In the last couple of years, Alpina has been making watches I have totally been taking notice of. They have evolved and gotten better in design, quality and size. Those of you unaware of this brand, it was founded by Gottlieb Hauser in 1883 and more than any other watchmaker, Gottlieb Hauser was responsible for the concept of the sports watch as we know it today.
The brand today comprises of 5 different collections of Aviation, Diving, Sailing, Adventure and Racing.Their newest watch known as the Alpina 300 meters Extreme Divers orange, combines the world of sailing/diving and aviation. Traditionally, divers watches are round, this is a 44 mm stainless steel cushion shaped case that is available on a stainless steel bracelet or a rubber strap.
The dial is a bold black divers dial with luminous dots and indices for the numbers while the contrasting luminous orange piped minute hand is a nice touch. The date aperture is reminiscent of a pilots watch date window. I am not quite sure how I feel about that particular design, as I am a purest and prefer a cleaner aesthetic, but to each their own. Personally, I like the watch on the rubber strap better than the version on a bracelet The best part is, this watch retails for $1,450 which to me is the best pure valued divers watch in the market. Should you want a sportier,chunky more monocromatic look, you can buy this watch on a stainless steel bracelet for a few hundred dollars more. You also get the exhibition sapphire crystal case back which displays the beautiful self winding movement and if you want to swim or dive, the watch is water resistant to 300 meters, has a screw down crown and a uni-directional diving bezel.
Alpina is a small family owned company, even though these watches aren’t numbered, they are limited production, so you won’t just see them anywhere, which makes them more exclusive and reliable.
Technical Specs of the Alpina 300 meters Extreme Diver Orange ref#AL-525LBO4V26
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Strap or Bracelet Width