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    Alpina Extreme Sailing 300m (many pics)

    Hey Dudes,

    Great to see an Alpina forum and thought id share my new Alpina Extreme Sailing AL525LB4V6B2 300m.

    The first thing that won my attention was the nicely sculpted angular cushion case and overall bold design. The second was the nicely integrated mesh bracelet. Ive wanted both a mesh and a cushion for a while now and i loved how this one was implemented, with how the endlinks actually add to the case design by closing it off into more of a monoblock cushion silhouette.

    I sourced this beauty from forum sponsor Arizona Fine Time and couldnt be happier with the stellar service provided by Joe Kirk. He is a WIS at heart and was professional as well as easy to deal with. The Sailing Extreme is part of a family of watches released in July last year, the top versions which contain Alpinas in house regatta movt utilising moving discs to show the 10min countdown, requisite for a true yacht race watch, similar to some previous Omega watches of the same niche. My version, however, offers a truly excellent value proposition, utilising a highly decorated Sellita SW200-1 (ETA 2824 clone), 300m WR, uni directional sapphire bezel and a dial/handset design very much akin the well regarded IWC Aquatimer.

    The level of construction is truly excellent, the polish is just below Seiko Sumo stds i would i say with a nice interplay of brushed areas, the 120 click bezel action is almost exactly the same as my Seiko Tuna and the forementioned movt finish is awesome making use of engine turning, pvd'd rotor, blued screws and guilloche on the movt edge. Incabloc shock has been used but only std nickel balance in lieu of the more desired glucydur. One impressive aspect of Alpinas work is that they are very transparent and proud about the fact they regulate all their watches to 5 positions and state openly the accuracy performance of all their movts on their website. Mine is stated as 0 - +15sec/day, their highest performing movts are stated as -5 - +5 sec/day. My example has been running at +6sec/day, but unusually, slows down in the 2nd half of its power reserve to reach about par (off the wrist). Not completely consistent but pretty good for a mech nonetheless. Sapphire crystal front and back, front employs a brilliant coating that manages to reduce most reflections.

    The rubber strap is extremely soft and pliable, has Alpina and Geneve engraved on alternate sides but uses only a simple buckle, which at this price, imo there should be a nicer push button clasp included. The mesh, though, is just beautiful. Brushed mesh links which are quite thick at around 4-5mm and a beautifully constructed clasp with engine turned hinges and a push button divers extension, (a carbon copy of my Citizen Carbon diver ext) and signed flip lock. Lume is comparatively weak compared to my Japanese divers and a couple Euro jobs. There is no bezel lume aka the Aquatimer, so i guess the extra thousands have to be accounted for somewhere but that watch is unbelievable everywhere to be fair.

    Size isnt extreme at 44mm by 13mm thick so wears very well imo on any of the 3 bracelet/strap options (theres a more std bracelet available as well). Crown is a beautiful big screw down job with a very nice rubber grip and the movt is buttery to engage. I have to say, in this regard winding is much easier than any of my 7750's. This is my first Swiss 3 hander strangely enough and i find the sweep is smoother than the 7750s chrono seconds hands as well. It is quite impressive and im surprised here because all my 7750's perform extremely well. Sellita have obviously made a good movt clone.

    Overall, im well pleased with the value offered by this watch, it wears, looks and feels as good as any of my other Swiss jobs which cost considerably more. It doesnt exude the toughness of say the tuna, which i love more and more as time passes, but this watch isnt classed as a true diver anyway and with the sapphire bezel, wouldnt suit that application imo. It does, however, provide a beautiful looking very well constructed Swiss watch made by an independent located in Geneva with a true watchmaking heritage, assembled by genuine Swiss elves, very well decorated and adjusted movt, genuine 300m wr, high quality materials and execution all for about 1k. Cool to the max

    the evidence...

    this thing comes in a monster sized box







    the reason, a replica model racing yacht from which the extreme sailing watches are based is included in the package COOL!



    rubber textured coffee table quality Alpina catalogue kindly provided by Joe. nice



    on rubber strap









    the mesh strap isnt actually fitted here, ive mocked this up to show how it would look and how the endlinks change the shape of the watch and take it to another level

















    a few pics taken before the mesh arrived...





















    the very similar and sublime IWC Aquatimer, for comparison...





    thanks for your patience

    cheers
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    Re: Alpina Extreme Sailing 300m (many pics)

    Thanks for the review. I've never looked at this brand but I am thoroughly intrigued by this offering. Thanks again!
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    Re: Alpina Extreme Sailing 300m (many pics)

    Thanks for your patience???? no no no.... Thanks for your great review!!! how do you like the Milanese bracelet? there is another s.s bracelet model as well. Did you try that bracelet? does the rubber strap comes with the watch as well or each sold separately?

    Great watch... wear it in good health!!

    Bruce
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    Re: Alpina Extreme Sailing 300m (many pics)

    Thanks for post!

    Here recent photos of the regatta timer in the Alpina Sailing Collection:

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    More Alpina Maxi Sailing: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alpina_sailing/sets/72157629884229287/

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    Re: Alpina Extreme Sailing 300m (many pics)

    Great review. I have one as well with the stock rubber and Alpina steel bracelet which is excellent. Wears comfortably and looks phenomenal.
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    Re: Alpina Extreme Sailing 300m (many pics)

    brett... What a great review of the Sailing Extreme.. This is a watch I had seen in the forums for almost half a year and from the first time I saw it I fell in love with it.. recently I had a chance to purchase it from a really cool friend and I went ahead and bought it!!!! Now this is THE ONE for me.. it's basically made every other watch I own expendable and furthermore.. I don't feel the need to wear any other watch...

    I was gonna post a review but work has not let me but I think your description is dead on...

    Keep on enjoying that one buddy

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    Re: Alpina Extreme Sailing 300m (many pics)

    Quote Originally Posted by afc14284 View Post
    brett... What a great review of the Sailing Extreme.. This is a watch I had seen in the forums for almost half a year and from the first time I saw it I fell in love with it.. recently I had a chance to purchase it from a really cool friend and I went ahead and bought it!!!! Now this is THE ONE for me.. it's basically made every other watch I own expendable and furthermore.. I don't feel the need to wear any other watch...

    I was gonna post a review but work has not let me but I think your description is dead on...

    Keep on enjoying that one buddy
    thanks mate! appreciate all the comments guys

    these Alpinas really do represent awesome bang for the buck.
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    Re: Alpina Extreme Sailing 300m (many pics)

    Quote Originally Posted by brett kenny View Post
    thanks mate! appreciate all the comments guys

    these Alpinas really do represent awesome bang for the buck.
    Right on.... I haven't owned any watch that cost more but this one is definitely worth every penny that I paid for it..
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    Re: Alpina Extreme Sailing 300m (many pics)

    I find it amazing more people on the forums don’t get this watch. Alpina Extreme Sailing AL-525LB4V6/B/B2 is amazing.
    I needed a few pins and the CS was out standing. They ordered some from the factory, free, and followed up with emails.
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    Re: Alpina Extreme Sailing 300m (many pics)

    I am interested in this watch. Can someone pls help, what is the case total length from lugtip to lugtip? Thx.

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