Alpina Heritage Collection: The Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic and the Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic

Alpina’s Heritage watch collection combines the best of the brand’s watchmaking know-how with the timeless aesthetics of pioneers in the conquest of the land and sea.

Founded in 1883, the iconic Swiss manufacture has built its reputation on creating watches that are water-resistant, shock-resistant, anti-magnetic and rust-proof. It is this pioneering vision put forward some 138 years ago that still enables Alpina to be the benchmark for the “tool watch”, designed for explorers of the deep sea and the skies.

Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic

For divers, Alpina presents a reinterpretation of its famous Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic. The fifth timepiece from this successful line rightly recalls that being passionate about the sea requires efficient, accurate, legible and robust instruments.

Water-resistant to 300 metres, this new 42 mm design with steel case has no room for novelty or unnecessary complications, but the moving inner flange lets you measure your immersion time in hours, minutes and seconds.

Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic

Practical and timeless, its black lacquered sunray-brushed dial features gold plated luminescent hands, creating the contrast required to make it easy to read, even in the low light of the deep sea.

As with any authentic diver’s watch, and in order to ensure it is water-resistant to 300 metres, the two push-buttons (movement winding and time setting at 4 o’clock, adjustment of the movable flange at 2 o’clock) are screwed in. The Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic’s engraved case back also reaffirms its nautical vocation.

Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic

As an update this vintage look, Alpina has equipped its creation with the AL-520 movement, a modern automatic calibre with 38 hours power reserve.

Similarly, the traditional hesalite glass has been replaced with an anti-scratch sapphire glass, meaning that the Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic is now as at home in the sea as it is in the urban jungle.

The Alpina timepiece also comes with two straps, one in brown calfskin leather and the other in beige topstitched rubber.

Inspiration: 1921– Alpina Military Watch, 1921

Alpina became a renowned producer and supplier of time instruments for military pilots, and has been for the first 50 years of the last century. Alpina was the official supplier for military aviation watches to continental air forces and since then the brand has carried on the tradition of manufacturing reliable and precise pilot timepieces.

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Early aviation pioneers had strict requirements: their instruments had to be extremely precise and provide ultimate shock resistance. In addition, Alpina’s pilot watches were mostly equipped with an anti-magnetic case, highly contrasting dials with oversized luminous numerals and luminous hands for instant readability.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic

As far as flying is concerned, Alpina has also expanded its Heritage designs with the new Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic. The piece was modelled on original creations from the 20s. This new variation adds to the existing collection with blue and beige tones that evoke the sky and the historical counters used by aviation pioneers. Inside the 44 mm diameter case beats an automatic movement with 38 hours power reserve, driving three hands and the date at 3 o’clock.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic

Alpina has kept the original look of its Twenties timepieces by sticking with the same Arabic numerals and luminescent beige hands as the dials from the era. Their generous proportions help make them easy to read, even when flying.

For long-haul pilots, Alpina has also given the watch a 24 hour dial. At 12 o’clock, as well as at the tip of the seconds hand, you can find the manufacture’s symbolic triangle, representing the Alpine peaks. The final finishing touch is provided by an “onion” crown, the standard in the last century, designed for optimum grip, even with flying gloves on.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic

The push-button at 4 o’clock opens the Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic’s steel back. Known as the “officer’s case back”, the system allows the AL-525 automatic movement to be admired through the transparent case back.

This Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic with blue calfskin leather strap will be limited to 288 pieces.

Inspiration: Alpina Diver “10 Seastrong”, 1969

Launched in 1969, the Alpina Diver “10 Seastrong” was a professional diving watch with a 17-jewel automatic self-winding caliber. The “10 Seastrong” featured two crowns, one of which was used to determine the decompression time through a 1-60 min rotating bezel. The “Seastrong” was water-resistant to 200m and anti-magnetic.

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Because air supply is always limited, time spent under water is extremely precious. To ensure the hours, minutes and seconds can be easily read, and as a reminder to divers to return to the surface in good time, product designers not only provided their diving wristwatches with striking illuminated dials and hands, but also incorporated a useful rotating bezel.