Alpina Heritage Collection: Seastrong Diver 300 & Startimer Pilot

Two charming watches for mastering the air and sea

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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: Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic and Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic.

Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic

“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.

Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic

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.

Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic

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.

Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic
Alpina Diver Seastrong 1969

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. 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.

Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic

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.

Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic

As an update to 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. To this end, the Alpina timepiece also comes with two straps, one in brown calfskin leather and the other in beige topstitched rubber.

Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic

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 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.

Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic
Alpina military watch advertising 1921

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.

Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic

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.

Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic

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.

Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic

Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic Technical Specifications

Reference AL-520BY4H6 – RRP 1’495€

Functions

  • Hours, minutes, seconds

Movement

  • AL-520 calibre,
  • automatic
  • 26 jewels,
  • 38-hour power reserve,
  • 28,800 alt/h

Case

  • Polished 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

Dial

  • Black dial with sunray finishing, yellow gold colour minutes and seconds graduation
  • Applied yellow gold-plated indexes
  • Black outer ring with yellow gold colour minutes and seconds graduation
  • Yellow gold-plated hour, minute and second hands with white luminous treatment

Strap

  • Brown calf leather strap
  • Including an additional black rubber strap

Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic

Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic Technical Specifications

Reference AL-525NBG4SH6 – Limited to 288 pieces, RRP 1’195€

Functions

  • Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Movement

  • AL-525 calibre,
  • automatic
  • 26 jewels,
  • 38-hour power reserve,
  • 28,800 alt/h

Case

  • Brushed 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

Dial

  • Blue dial, beige minutes and seconds graduation outward, beige 24 hours graduation inward
  • Applied silver colour Arabic numbers with beige luminous treatment
  • Date window at 3 o’clock
  • Silver colour hour and minute hands with beige luminous treatment
  • Silver colour second hand with red triangle

Strap

  • Blue calf leather strap

About Alpina

Founded in 1883 and famous for its iconic red triangle, Alpina is a Swiss watch manufacturer based in Geneva. The brand set out to design luxury sports watches offering exceptional accuracy and reliability in the most challenging sporting environments, like the Alps.

A true pioneer of the watchmaking industry, Alpina has been the source of numerous patents and innovative calibres over the past 138 years. At the beginning of the 20th century, Alpina became the official supplier of watches to military pilots, before revolutionising the concept of sports watches in 1938 with the legendary Alpina 4.

True to its long tradition of innovation, Alpina launched the first Swiss made Horological Smartwatch in 2015, creating a new segment in the luxury Swiss sports watch market. In 2020, the brand introduced the AlpinerX Alive, a new generation of connected watches equipped with a heart rate monitor and GPS, among other things. Also committed to protecting the planet, Alpina created the Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic range using recycled plastic from the oceans. In 2021, the brand is doubling down on its promise to get involved with organisations fighting to protect the environment. Joined together by the unifying principle We Shape the Change – the environmental equivalent of Reach Your Summit – Alpina will undertake a variety of measures aimed at drawing public attention to current environmental issues.

Inspired by the Alps from the very beginning, Alpina has always been heavily involved in outdoor activities and mountain sports. The brand has established strong partnerships demonstrating its commitment to this world, as well as a team of ‘Alpinists’, including athletes and friends of the brand working in the most challenging environments.

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