In the 1920’s and the 1930’s, Swiss watch manufacturer, Alpina was recognised as an official supplier of military watches used by pilots. Today the Alpina Startimer Pilots watch collection celebrates the success and the efficiency of these wristwatches with four variations: a simple three handed model with date feature, a minute and hour handed model with off-centre date window, a Startimer Pilot Regulator model with modern day regulator layout, and finally a sleek high-performance chronograph.
Alpina's mission has always remained the same – to produce sports watches with utmost reliability, manufactured with the “Alpinist Principle” in mind. Each timepiece must represent the same level of quality, based on visionary founder, Gottlieb Hauser’s inspired roots. Built to withstand extreme natural environments, lovers of these wristwatches are assured ultimate protection at great depths and at great altitudes alike. Whether climbing, sailing, diving or flying the skies, the materials and functions integrated into Alpina watches, are designed especially to allow the wearer to accomplish their mission with a sturdy well-built timekeeping tool strapped securely to the wrist. The ever increasing demands of modern sports challenges are thus not so unattainable with the assistance of an Alpina Startimer Pilot watch. Each timepiece undergoes the most thorough of quality standard testing to deem it worthy enough and reliable enough to grace the wrists of those who know exactly how to push their own boundaries to the ultimate limit.
Alpina Startimer Pilot watches celebrate all the great elements of the original pilots watches created for the military almost a century ago. The watches were renowned for their precision, their shock resistance and their anti magnetic casing. The high contrast dials were made with luminescent coated hands and hour markers to allow the pilot the chance to reference the time urgently and with clarity. The newer timepieces belonging to the Alpina Startimer watch collection take on these same elements, providing fans of these wristwatches, as well as those with a love for aviation, with the same unfaltering qualities.
The Alpina Startimer Automatic Chronograph watch is equipped with these same trusty core features inside a generous 44mm satin finished stainless steel casing. The dial of the watch is mat black, allowing for the white Arabic hour numerals to jump out of the watch face from underneath a sheet of anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass. The hands and numerals have also been treated with luminescent technology, allowing the gentleman round-the-clock access to the time and chronograph functions, and the sapphire glass is also integrated with scratch resistant properties to preserve the look of the watch for years and years to come. If it’s one signature design characteristic that makes an Alpina watch so recognisable at first glance, it has to be the red Alpina triangle on the base of the seconds hands. The detailing adds a sporty edge to the timepiece, keeping it looking youthful and masculine-inspired through and through. User friendliness and comfort are of course, considered first and foremost by designers at Alpina's manufacturing house when creating any pilot's watch. The timepiece comes fitted in a stylish black leather strap with off-white contrast stitching. The detailing on the strap enhances a somewhat vintage-inspired look, especially once taken into account that the chronograph sub-scales at 3 and 9 o'clock look somewhat olde-worldy with their detailed tracks on silky black dials. Alpina Startimer Pilot watches are without a doubt, the ultimate companion for those in need of a legible, trusty companion for all manner of duties.