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At Baselworld 2016 Alpina presents its new automatic diving range, featuring professional diving specifications and a highly effective essential design, which seamlessly joins form and function. Throughout the years they are new iterations of this tool watch- from a gunmetal case finishing to a bronze-looking one. Today, we take a look at the latter.
|Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Ref. AL-525LBBR4V4|
The new Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Umber Automatic Ref. AL-525LBBR4V4 bears a nice metallic bronze color case then pairs it with a tobacco brown bezel to keep things subtle. While at a glance it does fall in the “dressier” dive watch range, it is a professional diving watch with a cushion shaped 44mm stainless steel case that can manage depths of up to 300m/1000ft.
The design privileges optimal dive time readability and stands out through its essential and functional beauty, which transforms this timepiece into a beautiful masculine object even outside the water. The design codes of this new range derived from the Alpina diver watches from the last century, which had equally strong design statements in functional simplicity. The triangle at 12h is a wink to the legendary triangle logo of the Brand.
|Raised markers found on the new tobacco brown bezel|
The main feature of the new Seastrong Diver 300 includes the treated bronze colored case. It is done so for a particular reason. While many watch enthusiasts are into the bronze watch craze due to its copper-ish finishing, not all wants to have it turned to a dull matte brown color. Therefore, in this case, Alpina does it in a way that watch-lovers can always keep the shiny glamour of bronze color. Alpina does not just stop there, they have implemented their high-end finishings, to have brushed and polished surfaces throughout the watch in an exceptionally well mannered, while being ritzy, it does feel like a professional diver through and through.
True to its DNA, it comes with their screw-in crown with small knurling for better grip, and a screw-down case-back, as well as a unidirectional rotating 60min diving bezel in dark brown color that gives it a vintage feel. The bezel has raised markers in cream color on every hour, an additional element that will satisfy watch-lovers who admire every bit of detail on his or her timepiece.
|Additional Alpina tropic rubber|
The oversized diver hands, dial indexes, and bezel markers applied with luminous, and the watch crystal is in anti-reflective treated sapphire. The watch follows its brethren, comes with a see-through case back, which allows us to see the inner workings of the Alpina AL-525 automatic caliber. The Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Umber Automatic Ref. AL-525LBBR4V4 pairs with a sand colored leather strap and a matching Alpina-style tang buckle. What’s more, Alpina knows this is a tool watch thoroughly. Therefore an additional well made tropic rubber strap, that is created especially for this Seastrong 300.
Powered by an Alpina Automatic Calibre, AL-525 which is Côtes de Genève decorated and customized with an Alpina rotor. The movement operates at 28,800 bph (4 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 26 jewels with a power reserve of 38 hours.
|Alpina Auto Calibre AL-525. Côtes de Genève decoration. Alpina custom rotor.|
The Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Umber Ref. AL-525LBBR4V4 is quite the dive watch Alpina is synonymous for. Finally, a bronze looking watch without the fuss of patina. For those who always wanted their bronze watch to look like new always, this might just be the answer. Coming from Alpina, the watch is not short of details. The matching dial and hands set with applied markers both on dial and bezel is certainly a detail most enthusiasts will appreciate. The contemporary size with short lugs to lugs dimensions makes this watch amazingly comfortable. We need to emphasize this again, you don't get one but two straps, leather and rubber! Amazing watch. Amazing value.