Alpina Diver Midsize

Alpina is out with a new Diver “Midsize” collection – presented in two models, one for ladies with a mother-of-pearl dial (MOP) and the one you see here in a nice combination of steel case + black dial.  Both are sized at 38mm, which by today’s standards makes them more of a unisex model.  Actually, at 38mm this piece is a refreshing diversion from the massive (48mm) dive watches that the higher end manufactures seem to be on to lately.  To be fair, however, this is not really a watch to be comparing to the likes of Hulbot, Richard Mille, Corum and the like.  Although the Alpina midsize Diver is decently spec’d — 300 meter water resistance, uni-directional bezel, combination brushed/polished steel case, and luminous white indices, it is powered by a quartz movement.  And I am not a fan of the tri-date window (on any watch).  This said, the Alpina midsize dive watch will be a very affordable piece if you like the design and want something you don’t have to feel too bad about beating up on the reef.  If you  are a mechanical purist (as I am), then you’ll want to revisit the Alpina Extreme Diver, the 44mm big brother of this watch that we highlighted back in March.

Alpina Diver Midsize

 

  • http://twitter.com/speedmaster Chris Meisenzahl

    Really nice pics.

    • http://www.perpetuelle.com/ Perpetuelle

      Thanks!

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  • goju1

    Producing a 38mm dive watch when most are between 40-45 seems challenging or risky. One is tempted to say that large watches are needed by the diver so that he/she can see the dial clearly but one should also consider that under water (due to the fact that a mask is worn – and light is refracted) objects are magnified 33%. Therefore a 38mm watch would appear to be at least as big as a 45mm watch (if not a 50mm one).
    So, a 38mm watch is ideal for a person who does not want a large dial (case) on his/her wrist during everyday wear!
    [But I like big watches and the Blancpain X Fathoms is 55mm! ]
    Oh, by the way, I’m with you regarding the 3 numbers on the date (what’s the point?) and it’s not aesthetic either (IMO). Other than that it’s a nice looking diver.

    • http://www.perpetuelle.com/ Perpetuelle

      All very good points.