The production of purpose-built sport watches has been central to Alpina’s identity for nearly 80 years now. Introduced way back in 1938, the “Alpina 4” standard guides the brand in its pursuit of creating robust sport watches. To be considered a true “sport watch,” an Alpina must have the following characteristics: it must be anti-magnetic, shock-resistant, water-resistant, and housed in a stainless steel case.
These are traits of modern sports watches that we now often take for granted, but in 1938 the type of innovation that allowed watches to consistently meet these specifications was far less common. The quality timepieces that were produced under these guidelines made Alpina a favorite among sportsmen of all stripes. From divers, to mountaineers, to pilots, if you needed a watch that would reliably stand up to whatever was thrown at it, Alpina had you covered.
Among the many impressive purpose built watches in the Alpina lineup, the Seastrong was absolutely key in Alpina’s history. Introduced in 1969 as the “10 Seastrong,” the watch left an immediate impression with recreational and professional divers alike. Typical of Alpina’s designs, there’s a comforting and pleasing over-engineered quality to these early Seastrong watches, with cases rated to 200 meters of water resistance and a dual crown layout with an inner rotating timing bezel. This was confidence-inspiring design that allowed divers to concentrate on the task at hand, knowing their watch wouldn’t cause a fuss.
While the modern Seastrong is very different aesthetically from the heritage version, there’s a spiritual connection between the two that binds them together. The traditional lines of the 10 Seastrong are replaced here by a muscular and angular case shape that’s decidedly modern.