This is not a hefty tool watch, it is not even a diver. It is not large and clunky nor showy. It is not very well known but in my opinion it is one of the best model of watches available around. In fact it might even be a possible watch option for a repeat of a famous Everest expedition... the name says it all, and even though it has nothing to do with the Alps and the famous for their watches small little country nested in there, it is called Alpinist. It's from Seiko and it is made in Japan.
When I first saw it I did not think much of it, then saw it again and saw all three models, the green dialed, cream dialed and black dialed watches. I decided I had to get them all.
At 39mm it is not big by today's standards, but for certain applications it is better. It is light and fits easily under a shirt or sweather. It has a sapphire crystal and it is antimagnetic. It has a screw down crown that allows for 200m WR and legendary Seiko Lume. The movement hacks and hadnwind, being the Seiko 6r15 in house movement. The lines are simple and yet elegant and solid at the same time. The caseback is solid to provide the antimagnetic feature I guess.
I have reviewed these watches before but I just had a different sets of hands installed on the black dialed Aplinist. The original hands are a little on the small side and they are hard to see some times. I did install some other ones earlier but decided that since this is a special watch, it needed to have original parts. So I got these replaced with some original Seiko Alpinist hands from the earlier model. Here is the result.
And here are the other two, the cream dialed one is my favorite....