Christopher Ward C1 Moonglow

Another day, another retro diving watch. Don’t worry though, this isn’t the usual bandwagon hopper. In fact, back in 2016 Alpina was ahead of the curve with their 1960s-inspired Seastrong Diver collection. Now, two years later, they’re adding the finishing flourish to the range with the Seastrong Diver Heritage, bringing the collection full-circle.

This still isn’t a true re-edition of the 1969 model, but the new Seastrong Diver Heritage does take a more retro direction with its design. The biggest part of that design is the use of a rotating inner bezel rather than the more common unidirectional outer one.

Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage

Using an inner bezel is actually very practical; it can’t get knocked if it can’t be hit. It might not have the satisfying click of most diving bezels, but it looks a lot smarter. It’s adjustable using the upper crown at 2 o’clock, with the lower at 4 o’clock used for setting the time and date.

Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage

The system is set in a 42mm bronze-coloured PVD stainless steel case, joining the growing ranks of steampunky timepieces growing unique patinas over time. It’s still nice and rugged, but overall the case is a great deal more elegant than your average deep-dweller, a watch for every situation rather than just for when you’ve already strapped your scuba tank on. Even so, it’s water resistance to 300m, making it a professional tool.

Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage

Inside the Seastrong Diver Heritage is powered by Alpina’s AL-525 calibre, essentially a modified Sellita, with a 38-hour power reserve. It’s solid, reliable automatic movement without any frills. Still, at this price point you wouldn’t expect extraordinary levels of guilloche anyway.

Available with either a black or white inner bezel (IMHO the white is by far the cooler of the too), both with a chocolate brown dial, the Seastrong Diver Heritage is priced at 1595 Euros – just £1,430.

Price & Specs:

Model Name: Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage
Ref: AL-525BR4H4 (brown dial), AL-525BRC4H4 (brown and cream dial)
Case/Dial: 42mm diameter x 12.3mm thickness, stainless steel with bronze colour PVD
Movement: Cal. AL-525, automatic
Power Reserve: 38h
Frequency: 28,800 per hour (4 Hz)
Functions: Hours, minutes, second, date
Water Resistance: 300m (30 ATM)
Strap: Dark brown leather strap and extra rubber strap
Price: £1,495

More details at Alpina’s website.