The Three Watch Collection for $5,000: Reader Edition – Bill B.

Editor’s Note: In this edition of the Three Watch Collection for $5,000, reader Bill B. gives us three often overlooked and perhaps underappreciated watches from Alpina, and manages to come in under budget in the process. I love the everyday practical considerations made by Bill, and salute his dedication to a single brand trio.

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All in, at retail and sourced with additional bracelets, low to mid 4’s. But the world we live in, the options on the gray and used marketplace; this 3 watch entry level Swiss made collection can be had for far less. With money left over to buy additional strap options, or a weekend G-Shock or Ironman beater, tough to go wrong, as long as you are ok with a larger 44mm watch. If you have old eyes like me, maybe it’s worth a second look.


Alpina Alpiner 4 – $1,395

What drew me to the watch was the steel bezel and unique teal blue sunburst dial. Alpina’s history with the 4 “sports watch” foundations, stainless steel, water resistant, antishock & anti-magnetic create a well rounded everyday watch. The 44mm case is big, but as I age and my eyesight continues to regress, I am thankful for the easy to read 3 hander. Finally, the finishing is on par with watches priced at a might higher level in my opinion, a very solid everyday watch. I typically wear it on a bracelet, but also have the brown leather strap, with blood red underside and also enjoy wearing it on a Nato.

Alpina Seastrong – $1,395

Unlike many Rolex inspired dive watches, the particular model I have with the Ti pvd coating is in my opinion an  attractive call back to Genta design cues but in a modern package. All three of my selected watches run a Sellita SW 200-1, a robust and reliable movement, can be serviced at a reasonable cost and should provide a lifetime of use. While people often find exhibition casebacks on workhorse movements a waste; the custom rotor & robust depth rating make it a winning combination in my book. I also tracked down the Ti pvd bracelet and own the blue heritage leather strap.

Alpina Startimer – $1,395

The visually largest of the three Alpina’s I spotlighted in my personal collection, the case still comes in at 44mm; this modern day interpretation of a pilots watch has bold yet intricate hand as well as prominent numeric indices, while utilizing vertical and horizontal markers for the 12, 3, 6 & 9 hour makers. The slate blue dial partners with the Ti pvd coating of the case providing a visual aesthetic on the cooler side. The thinnest of the 3 Alpina’s,  a plus that trades off some other qualities found in the previous models, it is a welcomed surprise on my 7 inch wrist and once again my old eyes are grateful for such ease of readability. Worn on a matching bracelet, I am looking forward to finding the right leather strap to borrow the styling themes from the traditional IWC range.

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