This year, iconic Startimer collection has been enriched by several new models. Faithful to its aviation history, Alpina unveiled the Startimer Pilot Quartz Big Date Chronograph, a new watch with a daring look. Since 1921, the aviation universe represents one of the brand greatest source of inspiration.
Additionally, the Alpina Watches Escuadron 201 Startimer Automatic’s width of 44mm at a relatively thin 10.7mm could be challenging for all those with smaller or rounder wrists although I understand why the opinion is a little large as size is another important aspect of a pilot’s watch. Consider the popular IWC Big Pilot at a whopping 46.2mm or a true vintage military pilot’s watch such as the Laco B-Uhr in a currently unwearable 55mm (designed to be worn over a flight-suit) and the Alpina begins to look like a more reasonably sized choice with only enough heft to let you know it was designed with aviation heritage in mind.When you are talking about a fully featured Swiss made watch at a price point such as that of this Startimer Automatic, you expect to wind up with a somewhat less impressive movement to supply some savings but in this circumstance, the Alpina AL-525 quality gets the job done. Even though it’s essentially a base tier ETA 2824-2 with an Alpina rotor, the 38-hour power reserve AL-525 is precisely the right kind of motion for the spirit of this watch and empowers the extremely approachable price of entry. When you get right down to it, a pilot’s watch takes little more than a precise and robust movement along with the ETA 2824-2 has had that precise reputation for decades. Servicing is also simple with such a ubiquitous caliber and any competent watchmaker ought to have the ability to keep it in shape. One thing I would like to mention that I love is the large crown, which is a wonderful tapered design.
In addition to these creations, Alpina concluded two new partnerships: the first one with champion air racer, Mike Goulian and the second one with Team Goulian throughout the exciting Red Bull Air Race World Championships.
Startimer Pilot Quartz Big Date Chronograph
This notorious model is introduced in an all-new camouflage color pattern of grey and black in an oversized screwed-in 44 mm black PVD-treated case with large luminous white numerals. The three chronograph counters are showcased at three, six and nine o’clock, including the 1/10th of a second chronograph. A detailed engraved Alpina Watch On Ebay Genève logo embellishes the back of the watch. The screwed-in crown offers maximum protection and the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal completes the look, which may reveal to be slightly different from what we expect from a pilot watch but remains true to its strict standards. The whole is offered with a black genuine leather strap, which gives the watch a fierce personality.
Alpina Watches continues to be a major influencer in the pilot watches segment not only in terms of design but sensible prices as well, and the Startimer Pilot Quartz Big Date Chronograph at 995 CHF is no exception.
Startimer Pilot Quartz Big Date Chronograph © Alpina
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