Hope everyone had a great weekend. I have had my GMT for a few days now, and over all it has been very enjoyable. I purchased it with the bracelet and a few days ago received my Ostrich Leather band, so have now been wearing it with that for the last few days.
Prior to this, I was wearing the Alpina Pilot for the couple of week preceding the arrival of this one. Although both are 44 mm cases, the GMT feels heavier than the Pilot. With the bracelet it was substantially heavier, but with the leather Strap, still heavier than the pilot with strap. I do not have an accurate scale, so am just going by the feel on the wrist.
The finish looks great, although there is no see-through back, so movement can not be seen, but the case, lugs bezel and everything looks well made, and polished parts well done, brushed parts looking great too. Accuracy is amazing, as with the other Alpinas I have had, at +2 or 3 secs per day.
I do have two complaints though. The 24 hour marking on the dial are way too small for quick glance reading. Most other GMT watches I have had, have had this in huge font on the bezel. Being on the bezel also has the advantage that it can be turned and set to different time zone very quickly. Apparently Alpina choose to give priority to the compass function, than the GMT function, even though they named it the GMT!
My other complaint is that the date changes with the 24 hour GMT hand, and not the main hand. I own and have owned many GMT watches from other brands due to frequent travel to the Far East. Every single one has the date change associated with the main hour hand and not the GMT hand. To me that makes sense, as while travelling, I set the 24 hour hand at my home time of Pacific Time USA, and set the main hand, to the local time. I therefore want the date changed by the local hand, not to see what the date is at home! It is a small point, but it does bug me, specially since Far East is close to a day ahead, so my date is off by almost a day !!
Here are some photos:
As the watch was received with the bracelet
As it is now with my new Ostrich Leg Strap
and the wrist shot