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Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage – Hands-On Review

Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage – Hands-On Review

Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage

After a year ago’s novelties I couldn’t stand by to return to Frederique Constant and Alpina and examine their current lineup. Again, the company (or I should say: companies) didn’t stop to astonish me, the one piece stood apart the most was Alpina’s Seastrong Diver Heritage. Not on the grounds that it was anything extraordinary or it had a profound haute horological technical background but since of unadulterated style. Once in a while this is additionally enough. It has that cool vintage diver look we burrow to such an extent. I think the nearest I at any point felt a re-edition was a hit was when I got the opportunity to survey the Junghans Meister Telemeter . The new watch turned out to be so consistent with the original it was astonishing. We are not talking about excessively expensive pieces here, obviously, however incredible looking usable ordinary watch. And the Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage is such a piece.

The original vintage Alpina Seastrong 10 diver (photograph credit: Gregoriades LocalTime)

When you think of heritage divers and super compressor cased divers in general the principal brand that flies in your mind is obviously Longines. Their Legend Diver watch was a particularly extraordinary achievement if any watch company at any point questioned about r-editions those questions were out of the window right away. Of late an ever increasing number of brands retro their vintage models, some succeed, some fortunately understand this isn’t their game – and surrender it. I’m not too sure if this will be a long living trend yet I take a gander at those models with incredible interest. It is no uncertainty super compressor watches are the corner stone to any vintage – diver’s – watch collections. Mike discussed a decent scarcely any all around on his week after week #TBT series and now we have one from Alpina. Since they had this watch in their line up many years prior the decision to bring it back into an up-to-dated structure was an instant achievement in my opinion. Now let me talk about the watch in details.

The most clear attribute of the watch is the situation. Unmistakably it bears resemblance to its vintage counterpart, the Alpina 10 super compressor diver. Vintage super compressor diver cases were made in a manner that the more profound the diver went the more pressing factor squeezed the case back to the case, sealing the watch even better. Now the instance of the Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage isn’t a super compressor case anymore, however one that looks much the same as that. It has a screw down case back with the Alpina logo in the center and the typical stuff around it like, model name, reference number, water resistance, chronic number and so on.

The case back and the front of the case are cleaned while the sides are brushed steel. In spite of the fact that the vintage model is 36mm the reedition of the Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage is changed in accordance with modern standards. It’s somewhat greater at 42 mm. You can find the two screw-down crowns at 2 and 4 o’clock the over one has a framework like pattern and the underneath crown sports the Alpina logo. This is the crown that sets the time and the fast set date for you, the other one is responsible of setting the rotating inner diving bezel.

The Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage simply like its vintage counterpart utilizes a programmed movement. The base movement is Sellita SW 200 (ETA 2824-2 clone) changed by Alpina and received caliber number AL-525. This is a 26-gem self-winding type with 38 hours of force hold and 28,800/h frequency. Similarly as with most diving watches it’s a period only watch with an additional date highlight. Nothing really interesting except for a hearty movement that according to Alpina “have been designed for uncompromising under trying conditions, like the Extreme Diver, Extreme 40 and the 12 Hours of Sebring Series. The movement is finely designed and sports a uniquely conceived rotor.” During the time the watch was with me it showed incredible precision when set on a winder or even got following a couple of days once the force hold was over.

vintage super compressor case and movement (photograph credit: Gregoriades LocalTime)

The dial of the reedition of the Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage looks practically like it’s vintage archetype. The company sincerely attempted to remain as near to the original model as could be expected. It has a similar rich (grayish) shading, very much like Alpina logo at 12, even the content “Programmed” at the 6 o’clock. The newer model likewise has the complete name “Seastrong 300m/1000ft” beneath the “Programmed”. The Alpina logo is raised made of steel and the 10 is missing under the Alpina text however subbed with the year and spot of the establishment of Alpina; 1863 Geneve.

Another interesting element is the position of the date. I don’t know whether I should cherish it or disdain it, it looks somewhat like it accidentally slipped from the 3 o’clock position where the vintage version has it. The date window’s lower part contacts the index at 4 yet it’s not entirely there. Somewhat bizarre from the start yet you can become acclimated to it before long. The hands are practically definite reproductions of the original ones and so is the bezel. As you know one of the crowns work the rotating inner bezel. You have 15-30 and 45 minute markers the remainder of the indexes are outright. The indexes of the dial are raised no numerals were utilized, you only see numbers on the bezel of the Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage.

Lug width of the case is 21 mm and 18mm on the clasp end. This isn’t your normal tie size however recently an ever increasing number of companies utilize odd number of 19 or 21 as their lash size. I personally am not a major fan of this as most of the reseller’s exchange lash are not permitted in these sizes unless you have some specially designed or get it from an enormous company, yet I see why brands like Alpina use it. The lash of the watch is most likely not least difficult (some may even think boring) part of the watch. It’s a plain dark calfskin tie with grayish stitching. Obviously it is water resistant and genuine pretty comfortable however on the off chance that you think of other heritage models like the Oris 65 or the Longines Legend diver you know what my comment will be about it; I wish the company made a nice elastic tie for the Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage. A major opening Tropic-like tie or any other elastic version. Indeed, whichever way it’s an extraordinary tie and fairly coordinates the watch and gives it somewhat of a dressy look.

Lastly

Let’s glance at all the reasons you ought to consider the Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage: it’s an extraordinary looking watch, near the original model, it has a nicely improved trusty movement, incredible size and wrist presence even of folks with bigger wrists and the cost is really handsome at 1550 CHF (around €1424). That ought to be enough reasons for someone looking for a period only, strange watch to make that buy. I’ve seen and worn many watches and this was one comfortable model. In the event that only they made a different lash for it. In any case, then again, you can generally trade it for something you like or become acclimated to the one it’s on. Whichever way the Alpine Seastrong Diver Heritage is a sweet watch and we are certain it will be an incredible dealer for the brand.

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