This month Alpina officially launched its Extreme Diver 300 Orange range, featuring one automatic and one mid-size quartz model. These watches are a color-based extension of the Extreme Diver range which my colleague James Bond introduced you to early last year. As the name implies, the Extreme Diver 300 Orange is water resistant to a depth of 300m/1000ft. The case is stainless steel, 44mm for the automatic and 38mm for the mid-size quartz.
The dial is clean and highly legible, with large, bright white dot and baton hour markers. The hour/minute hands are sword-style, with one particularly nice design detail being the orange-bordered minute hand. Note also the second hand has the signature Alpina triangle, also in orange, at the base. The only feature I am not such a fan of is the three-day date display — I always prefer the greater legibility of a single-day aperture.
The watch comes in a neat “watch box”
It has a screw-in crown and a screw-down case-back, as well as a highly polished unidirectional rotating 60min diving bezel with luminous markers. The dial indices are also luminous.
The AL-525 Automatic version in 44mm comes with a 38-hour power reserve. It has a see-through case back revealing the AL-525 automatic movement. The AL-240 Midsize quartz model in 38mm (seen below) comes with 45 months battery life. It has an engraved case-back with a diving theme and divers have the choice between rubber or metal straps.
According to Alpina, orange is the most visible color in all types of water and therefore offers professional divers the best in dial and bezel visibility. This seems to make sense as I think about all the dive watches in orange, although I suppose some researchers might dissent on this view. Either way, these are a great looking pair of new watches from Alpina. I’d guess price will be in the $1,500 – $2,000 range on the automatic.