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