Alpina Continues their Partnership with the National Park Foundation with a Limited Edition Alpiner

Lots of watch brands play up their connections to the outdoors. The “explorer’s watch” has become a genre unto itself, even if most folks who wear them explore little more than a sometimes treacherous commute to a cubicle. Alpina, however, has some bona fides in the outdoor watch genre that others don’t, being an official partner of the National Park Foundation. The NPF is the official non-profit partner of the United States National Park Service, and exists to protect the parks and make visitors aware of the many varied experiences that the parks offer. Alpina’s National Park Foundation Alpiner Quartz serves to highlight this unique partnership, and does so in a package that’s fit for exploring your favorite National Park, from Acadia to Zion.

Alpina National Park Foundation Alpiner Quartz

  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Dial: Green
  • Dimensions: 42mm 
  • Crystal: Sapphire       
  • Water Resistance: 100 meters  
  • Crown: Push/pull                   
  • Movement: AL-240 quartz movement
  • Strap/bracelet: Leather  
  • Price: $795
  • Reference Number: n/a
  • Expected Release: Available now 


Alpina, as their brand’s name implies, is at home in the mountains, and their watches are infused with a rugged elegance that feels appropriate in many contexts. This new limited edition features an iridescent green dial, twisted lugs, and high contrast hour markers and hands that should make the NPF Alpiner Quartz highly legible in almost any circumstance. The case is highly polished, and while Alpina doesn’t claim it to be inspired by any particular vintage reference, the whole package has an old school charm to it that is the antithesis of the more technical, utility focused watches we’ve seen in the outdoor genre recently. This one works just as well on a hike as it does in the aforementioned office environment. 

While it will disappoint some, others will be happy to find a quartz movement powering the NPF Alpiner Quartz. This makes it a great choice for a grab and go adventure, and helps Alpina meet the standard of what they deem essential in a sports watch: resistance to magnetism, resistance to shock, and water resistance, all in a stainless steel case. Of course, you can achieve these goals with a mechanical caliber, but quartz helps keep the cost down, and will allow the watch to get in the hands of, potentially, a wider and more varied customer base, helping to spread the mission of the NPF. 

The Alpina National Park Foundation Alpiner Quartz, limited to 300 pieces, is available now on Alpina’s website, with a list price of $795. The watch is mounted on a brown leather strap that is embossed with the NPF logo, and comes with an NPF patch similar to the patches frequent National Park visitors are known to collect. Alpina

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Zach is a native of New Hampshire, and he has been interested in watches since the age of 13, when he walked into Macy’s and bought a gaudy, quartz, two-tone Citizen chronograph with his hard earned Bar Mitzvah money. It was lost in a move years ago, but he continues to hunt for a similar piece on eBay. Zach loves a wide variety of watches, but leans toward classic designs and proportions that have stood the test of time. He is currently obsessed with Grand Seiko.