I posted a few days ago about my new acquisition. It's my first Alpina watch, which I have been researching and contemplating for several months. I'm a regular business traveler and find the GMT complication to be useful. As I dug deeper into the types of watches offered, and the different ways that the complication was handled by different companies, I became interested in the Alpina. I'm considering both and Omega GMT as well as a Rolex Explorer II in the future. However, one of the things that I value in watches is flying under the radar. I'm under no illusions about how regularly someone even notices what is on your wrist (hardly ever), but am wary of having either of the aforementioned brands because I don't care to appear ostentatious to those who do notice and care about such things. Maybe it's an unnecessary concern, but it is one for me, nonetheless, and it did play into my desire to seek a watch that was relatively unknown outside communities of enthusiasts.
That's a lot of background. And you've probably heard similar cases before and just want me to post the damn pictures. So, here they are.
There it is, nestled in the bottom of the box!
Looks like a fairly typical watch box. I do like the packaging design quite a lot
Watch box removed. Looks like the ownership info is in the bottom.
There's the warranty info, and the ownership manual. The manual is like like all the others that I've seen. Written in a dozen languages, with over 100pages, 2 of which are relevant to this watch and movement. The warranty card was not filled out or stamped since I bought through a grey market dealer.
On to the main event. The watch! Looks good. I think Alpina could have sprung for a nicer pad to mount the watch to for shipping, but that's a small complaint.
There it is, wrapped in protective plastic to keep my grubby hands from smearing the stainless finish.
First time on my wrist. I had been concerned that the 44mm case would be too large on my 7.5" wrist. But, after this first trial wear, my fears were allayed. It's a comfortable size. Now, I've got to remove some links.
Here it is next to my Longines conquest GMT for context. They are both 14mm thick, but the Longines is only 41mm wide. The Alpina's much larger, but is better proportioned in my opinion.
Side profile. You can see that the Longines has a different case shape, so it has a completely different aesthetic than the Alpina with it's slab sided, submariner style case.
Both on the wrist for comparison.
Now for some closer shots of the Alpina. Here's the right side. The combination of brushed finishing on the sides with the polished bevels are really a nice touch. The case is beautiful. I'm really impressed with both the design and the finishing details.
And now a shot from the other side, with the looted crown.
Here's the case back. It's got a nice engraving to tie into the Alpiner's lifestyle.
The bracelet is a very nice oyster style, with polished and brushed links. It's thinner than I was expecting, giving it a more elegant appearance and comfortable feel on the wrist. It reminds me of the bracelet for the Rolex Milgauss.
and now a look at the dial...
I love the dial details. From the applied indices, filled with a stripe of lume, to the tiny brushed SS triangle logo. It's really a cohesive design.
And while there are 5 lines of text on the bottom of the dial, including the 4 series symbol, it isn't offputting to me. I've seen much worse.
Another shot of the whole watch
And to finish things off, I snapped a pic of the watch with two of my other favorite things. Thanks for looking. And I hope that this was helpful for those contemplating the purchase of this watch: