Heritage Collection

Heritage Collection Alpina

Heritage Collection: Two charming watches for mastering the air and sea

Alpina has explored the oceans and skies for almost 140 years through its collectors. This unparalleled experience is embodied by the Heritage designs that combine the best of its watchmaking know-how with the timeless aesthetics of pioneers in the conquest of the land and sea.

“Tool watch”. The expression has now passed into the everyday language of collectors, describing a robust, precise, reliable watch with which you can travel the world with confidence.

Nothing could better describe the Heritage designs by Alpina, the Swiss manufacture founded in 1883 that 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.

Going back in time

For divers, Alpina can now unveil 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 meters, 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. 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 meters, 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.

As an update to this vintage look, Alpina has equipped its creation with the AL-520 movement, a modern automatic caliber 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. To this end, the Alpina timepiece also comes with two straps, one in brown calfskin leather and the other in beige topstitched rubber.

Queen of the skies

As far as flying is concerned, Alpina has also expanded its Heritage designs with the new Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic. The piece was modeled 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 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 second 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.

Discerning collectors will also have spotted the push-button at 4 o’clock. The latter 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 for the exclusive enjoyment of the owners – a personal pleasure typical of the 20s and 30s, but not available to all; this Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic with blue calfskin leather strap will be limited to 288 pieces.

Alpina Heritage Timepieces

1921 – Military Watches

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.
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.

Heritage Collection  - 1969 - Alpina Diver “10 Seastrong”
Heritage Collection – 1969 – Alpina Diver “10 Seastrong”

1969 – Alpina Diver “10 Seastrong”

Launch of the Alpina Diver “10 Seastrong”. This professional diving watch was moved by 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.

Because the air supply is always limited, time spent underwater 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.

Heritage Collection - 1921 – Military Watches
Heritage Collection – 1921 – Military Watches

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic – RRP 1’195€

ReferenceAL-525NBG4SH6
FunctionsHours, minutes, seconds, date
MovementAL-525 caliber, automatic
26 jewels, 38-hour power reserve, 28,800 alt/h
CaseBrushed and polished 3-part case
Diameter of 44 mm
Height of 11,55 mm
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Hunter case back
Water-resistant up to 3ATM/30m/100ft
DialBlue dial, beige minutes and seconds graduation outward, beige 24 hours graduation inward
Applied silver color Arabic numbers with beige luminous treatment
Date window at 3 o’clock
A silver color hour and minute hands with beige luminous treatment
Silver color second hand with a red triangle
StrapBlue calf leather strap
Limited EditionLimited to 288 pieces

Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic – RRP 1’495€

ReferenceAL-520BY4H6
FunctionsHours, minutes, seconds
MovementAL-520 caliber, automatic
26 jewels, 38-hour power reserve, 28,800 alt/h
CasePolished 2-part case
Diameter of 42 mm
Height of 12,30 mm
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Engraved case back
Water-resistant up to 30ATM/300m/1000ft
Screw-in crown
DialBlack dial with sunray finishing, yellow gold color minutes and seconds graduation
Applied yellow gold-plated indexes
Black outer ring with yellow gold color minutes and seconds graduation
Yellow gold-plated hour, minute, and second hands with white luminous treatment
StrapBrown calf leather strap
Including an additional black rubber strap

Source: Alpina

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