The new Alpiner Heritage Manufacture KM-710 is a modern interpretation of a historic navy wrist watch manufactured by Alpina in 1930s.
1908 was a landmark year, not only for the Swiss Confederation. It was also the year that the prosperous Schweizerische Uhrmacher-Genossenschaft (Corporation of Swiss Watchmakers) joyfully celebrated its 25th jubilee. Reason enough to introduce the Alpina name that had been in use since 1901 for high-value watch movements as a new brand of watches. Along with the memorable red triangle logo, things were clearly on the up and up.
Alpina was well known for reliability and precision, and was naturally one of the suppliers for the German Kriegsmarine, alongside other brands. Their service wristwatches, many of which have been through a very turbulent history, enjoy great popularity in collectors' circles. Well preserved originals therefore fetch high prices.
As is to be expected, there is a very limited supply of Alpina service wristwatches in acceptable condition. In addition, authentic pieces from the 1930s and 1940s have a notable disadvantage, judged by today's proportions. Their case diameters ranged from just 32 to about 35 millimetres.
Reason enough for Alpina to create attractive new interpretations of these historical wristwatches. For the design basics of the cases, dials and hands, the product designers took a good look at the sought-after originals. Beyond that, these timepieces are in every respect up to today's standards. For one thing, unlike the luminescent radium used in the early models, the Super-LumiNova luminescent material used on the dial and hands is completely safe and of exceptional quality. The stainless steel case with a contemporary thickness of 41,5 millimetres and screwed case back can withstand 5 bars of water pressure.
Alpina Alpiner Heritage Manufacture KM-710
Stainless steel case
41.5 mm diameter, 13.00 mm thickness
Scratch-resistant "glass box" sapphire crystal
5 ATM/50m/150ft Water-resistant
AL-710 Manufacture caliber, automatic with adjustable date by crown
Perlage& Soleillage decoration on the movement
26jewels, 42hourspower reserve, 28,800alt/h
Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date
Silver color dial with black printed Arabic indexes and beige color luminous coated dots
Date by hand at 6o’clock
Black color hands
Beige color luminous coated hours and minutes hands
Dark brown genuine leather strap
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