Lately I find myself drawn inexplicably to dive watches, like the new Alpina Extreme Diver 1000 Meters.
I am not a professional diver by any stretch of the imagination. I’m not even a recreational diver for that matter, but I just love the look of dive watches. Maybe it’s the oversized dials that provide easy and concise reading or the innate practicality of a watch designed specifically to perform a task. Whatever the reason I feel the need to share with you a new discovery I have recently made, the Alpina Extreme Diver 1000 Meters.
Alpina Extreme Diver 1000 Meters
On the back of the success of the first two Extreme Diver models first launched in 2008, Alpina introduced a further four new versions for the 2009 spring/summer season and they simply look fantastic. There is a choice of different dial colors:
- Orange Sunset;
- Côte d’Azur; and
- Black Ocean
The different dial finishes are very nautical themed and as you would expect from a good quality dive watch are designed to be highly visible under water.
Extreme Depth, Extreme Size
The key to good dive watch is visibility and at a well-oversized 48mm, the Extreme Diver is well, extreme. This is a watch that has been designed with practical application in mind first and foremost and this is what will make it such an appealing piece to divers. As the name suggests the watch is also water resistant to a very respectable 1000m putting it into the category of serious dive watches. Further adding to these already robust credentials closer examination reveals that:
- The watch is fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel displaying a luminous minute indication.
- The bezel measures elapsed time in minutes for the first fifteen minutes and then in ten minute segments after that.
- The luminous triangle marker highlights the 12 o’clock position.
- Additionally, there is an automatic helium escape valve located on the edge of the case at the 10 o’clock position, which is taken as standard on any serious diving watch.
Below The Surface
Beneath the dial beats the heart of an automatic movement, caliber AL-525 with a power reserve of 42 hours. Ensuring timekeeping accuracy is maintained at all the times the movement is equipped with a signature black Alpina oscillating weight. The movement’s detailed finishing can be admired through the sapphire case back, a unique feature not often seen on professional diving watches.
The Final Word
It’s almost a shame that the Alpina Extreme Diver is so big. Encased in black PVD steel the clean dial contrasts sensationally in whatever color variation you select and makes for one very good looking watch. Having said that, like any good dive watch practical application comes first and this new model, in whatever color variation you choose, will be sure to impress even the most seasoned of divers.
Be a player and check out Alpina’s full range of watches.