My Alpina Regulator
My Alpina Regulator
Alpina Extreme Diver 300m on Isofrane.
Avalanche Extreme regulator, 48mm from Spain:
Late to the dance. Just recieved my first Alpina. I am diggin it.
Picked up a Pilot Heritage Limited Edition on vacation last week. Beautiful retro looking watch with hunter display back. First Alpina, have a FC already.
And here is mine. My first Alpina too. That lumed Alpina logo is a nice touch.
To revive this thread a little I'm showing mine.
The Alpina Club Nightlife Regulator with AL-950 in-house movement.
Got it on monday, bought it used (one nick near the glass, otherwise no marks, like new) on Ebay for a smaller fraction of the MSRP, actually for less than the amount some new quartz Club are sold.
I always wondered why this particular model of Club (or the Club line in general) is so obscure. The Club Regulator is very rare, sites that sell Alpinas don't carry it even if they have other models of the Club line. There are also no reviews or tests anywhere that I looked - only press releases of the Club line and anouncements ...
Very nice watch, solid build, good finishing, good decoration on the movement, nicely done dial decor and appliques (hour numerals and main minute markers, the minute markers and hands have lume). The crown is not signed, but it is very robust, nicely done, complements the character of the watch very well. The glass is saphire but has no anti glare. The dial on the photos looks as though it was black, but it is actually very nice shade of sort of charcoal grey or a bit lighter than that, matte.
It doesn't wear small but it doesn't come out obnoxiously big. With it's 44 mm diameter on my 17 cm wrist it looks noticably bigger than for example my Heuer Bund at 43 mm.
I'm quite happy with it and can't believe I got it at such a bargain price. I think the seller didn't know what was selling. It'll probably be a keeper.
There are two points that bothered me in the past when I was first considering to buy this watch and then gave up, because I decided that those points bother me too much for the price (retail price was 2.495 €):
- The date dial layout of numbers could be done better.
- The essence of regulator is that is shows the time clearer, preciser. The Club Regulator doesn't follow this essential principle of a regulator. The hour dial and date dial interrupt the minute scala at 50 and 30 minute mark and all the minute markers between 25-35 and 45-55 are missing. Also there is no second hand.
The exact time can be fairly correctly quessed if you keep your eyes on the dial long enough of course. But it's not what regulators are about. So this is a watch that imitates regulators style but is in fact something other. Sinn Regulator Technik for instance in my eyes epitomises what regulators are about, but is somewhat boring.
Enough words, here are the pictures:
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