Alpina is adding four new Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic models to its popular dive watch collection this year. A practical and rugged-looking watch, the updates are all aesthetic and are geared towards making the Seastrong Diver 300 even more legible. Directly inspired by the brand’s heritage, these new models continue the proud tradition established last century by Alpina timepieces, namely the 1960s Seastrong 10.
The four new models in the Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic collection are presented in steel 44mm cases, three of which are finished with a titanium PVD coating and one with a bronze PVD coating. All four models have somewhat of a vintage vibe going on, but this is most pronounced with the bronze model. Its dark brown/black dial features applied beige luminous indexes – often referred to as “fauxtina” – and is framed by a 60-minute unidirectional brown bezel with beige luminous markers.
The titanium-coated models offer the choice of a grey or navy blue dial, with a matching grey or navy blue unidirectional bezel. All four models now feature a sector dial complete with a chapter ring. The design appears to be borrowed from the Seastrong Diver GMT and, along with the large luminous indexes and hands, help make the watch even more legible. A date window appears at 3 o’clock while the triangle on the bezel at 12 o’clock is a nod to the brand’s logo.
The case is rated water-resistant to 300m (1,000ft) and is equipped with a transparent screw-in caseback and screw-in crown. Inside is the AL-525 automatic calibre, beating at 28,800vph and offering a 38-hour power reserve – this movement is a solid, Swiss-made Sellita base. All four models are delivered on vintage leather straps with an additional rubber strap.
There are already several Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic models in the line-up and so it is not clear whether these new models will replace the existing ones or complement them. As always with Alpina, these models offer great value for money. Suggested retail price is EUR 1,295 for all four models. More info at www.alpinawatches.com.