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Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Watches For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

Before discussing some of these rather nice Alpina Watches Price In India Replica Startimer Pilot Automatic watches, I want to once again discuss the notion of pilot watches overall. People often ask us about brands that offer reasonably priced pilot-style watches. It is honestly a good question, and one that we struggle to answer. One of the reasons for that is that it is often difficult to strictly define what a pilot watch is, as the concept is a bit more fluid than say the more specific requirements of a dive watch. Second is the notion that what “reasonably priced” means can really vary. You can get a pilot-style watch for a few hundred dollars, or you could spend in the tens of thousands (or more). So let’s focus for now on the concept of a reasonably priced mechanical pilot watch with a Swiss movement. Among the more established brands, Alpina actually has very decent offering.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Watches For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

Alpina pilot watches are segmented into a few categories, all under the larger Startimer collection. It can actually get a bit confusing, as you have the Startimer Pilot Automatic, Pilot, Pilot Manufacture, Pilot Classic, and Pilot Heritage product ranges. For now, I’ll stick to talking about some Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic watches, as that is what you’ll see pictured here. These each contain Swiss automatic movements produced by third parties such as Sellita. The Pilot Manufacture collection, by contrast, has movements made by Alpina (and parent company Frederique Constant), and collections like the Pilot have Swiss quartz movements in them.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Watches For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Watches For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

I’ve seen Alpina’s Startimer Pilot watches evolve over the years and think that they have hit a positive stride by this point. Detailing and legibility are good, and the overall presentation of the timepiece is just really attractive, with a lot of options available. In a nutshell, you have a solid traditional Pilot watch style, with a bit of Alpina design DNA, at comparatively reasonable prices. Prices for a 40mm wide Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic on a strap start at about $1,300, and case sizes are available in both a 40mm wide, as well as 44mm wide.

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In addition to the three-hand automatic, we also have bi-compax automatic chronograph models. It is sometimes hard to do a chronograph with the traditional pilot watch dial, but I think Alpina does it pretty well in the Alpina Startimer Pilot Chronograph. The Alpina red triangle logo further adds some color and personality to the dials as the counterweight on either the seconds hand or chronograph seconds hand.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Watches For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

Maybe best known for their own Seastrong diver’s collection and their Startimer pilot watches, Alpina have, in recent decades, branched out by producing their own manufacture calibers as well as their very first smartwatch. But, Alpina’s core power remains their capacity to produce high quality sports and casual watches at a lot more available prices than most of their larger Swiss relatives. We have covered Alpina’s outgoing Startimer pilot’s watch collection before right here, and before this year Alpina released an upgraded Startimer collection, the Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Al-525 watch, a 44mm tool watch that we go hands with here.Taking even a brief look at the Startimer Automatic, it’s clear to see that Alpina are tipping their hats into some of the excellent army and pilot’s watches previously. On the dial, oversize applied luminous numbers for hour markers alternate with big rectangular luminous indices at twelve, five, six, and eight which all sit inside of a printed ring graduated at predetermined intervals and labeled in five-minute increments. Taken together, the dial elements very intentionally supply the aviation device feel. The dial itself, and really the opinion, are available in four different variations; black, white, white with gold accents, and a sort of dark grey. A red rectangle, a Alpina signature, sits prominently at the top indicating the sixty/zero moments position.

One of the more recent upgrades to the Alpina Startimer Pilot watch collection (at least some models) are the applied hour markers. Framed with a polished metal finish and filled with lume, the hour markers significantly upgrade the look over more “flat” pilot watch dials and also assist with legibility. You see this in both the three-hand and chronograph Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic models, and it is an aesthetic feature that really helps me enjoy the collection as much as possible.

These “enhanced” dials are better on the 44mm wide Alpina Watches España Replica Startimer Pilot Automatic models that have the “Sunstar” style dials. The 40mm wide models have applied hour marker with flatter Arabic number hour markers next to them. One of the reasons that I like the larger 44mm wide models is because the dials have a peripheral chapter ring, which is darker in color, and then a ring of applied Arabic hour markers. The black colored dial version of the Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic in either the 40 or 44mm wide size is a bit more traditional in style with a flatter dial. It serves to be the most conservative of the Alpina Startimer Pilot family, but for more personality, there are a lot of other options.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Watches For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

I further like that in addition to the various leather straps, Alpina Watches On Sale Replica makes many of their Startimer Pilot watches available on a steel metal bracelet. What is best for you really depends on your style. Bracelets are great, but many traditional pilot-style watches today come on straps. The contrast stitching of the thick leather straps Alpina provides offers some welcome personality.

Personality is really important in a pilot-style watch because too many today can come across as being relatively boring. The core design of a pilot watch is something highly functional and utilitarian. Making them beautiful is a more difficult task for a range of reasons. It is like trying to build a beautiful tank. The most beautiful thing about most pilot watches is that they work well and that they signify some type of idealized masculine lifestyle. For whatever reason, dive watches – which are far more limited by their technical requirements – have somehow been able to produce a number of very attractive classics.

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For every beautiful classic pilot watch (some Breguet models come to mind) there are perhaps 5 or 10 extremely bland, albeit functional ones. Their legacy lives on more because of what they represented versus what they looked like. Think about it: if you were a military pilot several generations ago, you may have been given a timepiece as part of your standard issue equipment. In many instances, you didn’t even own that timepieces and it was loaned to you by the government. Today some of those models are worth some money by simple virtue that very few good condition ones survived.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Watches For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Watches For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

My intent behind having that simple discussion is to illustrate the fact that pilot watches aren’t just about suggesting flight, but are also intrinsically linked to military and commercial history – which is why so many people want one. If something in the Alpina Watches In Toronto Replica Startimer Pilot collection isn’t your thing, there are many others out there.

The metallic sunburst finished “Sunstar” or “Blackstar” deep gray dials of the Alpina Strartimer Pilot Automatics are the best Alpina has to offer, and they come in a few hues, as well as with a brushed steel or PVD black steel case. Inside the watches are Swiss Sellita automatics. I am not sure which, but likely an SW200 automatic for the three hands and perhaps an SW500 for the chronographs. The cases are further all water resistant to 100 meters and have sapphire crystal, as well display casebacks with a view of the movement and a custom Alpina automatic rotor.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Watches For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

Furthermore, some versions of the Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic collection are limited editions. Though, the models which are part of a limited edition are limited to 8,888 pieces and don’t appear to be limited over other models for any specific reason. My favorite models in the Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic collection include the three-hand ref. AL-525GB4S6 Pilot Automatic Sunstar 44mm, the ref. AL-860GB4FBS6 Startimer Pilot Automatic Chronograph Blackstar, and the ref. Al-860GB4S6 Startimer Pilot Automatic Chronograph.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Watches For 2014 Hands-On Hands-On

Prices in the Alpina Watches Bands Replica Startimer Pilot Automatic watch collection start at 1,290 Swiss Francs (about $1,300) for a 40mm or 44mm wide three-hand automatic, and go up to 2,990 Swiss Francs (about $3,100) for the Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Chronograph model on either the bracelet or on leather with the black case. They are available for purchase on Alpina’s website.

Where Can I Buy aBlogtoWatch Editor’s Watch Gift Guide For 2012 Low Price Replica

We get asked for advice on buying watches all year long but we can’t answer everyone. If you still aren’t sure what watches should be on your shopping list this holiday season, let’s see what the aBlogtoWatch writing team has to say. Check out the 2012 aBlogtoWatch editor’s watch buying gift guide below and see what everyone feels is worth your money.

Ariel Adams’ Choices

Casio ProTrek PAW-2000T-7

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It won’t win any beauty contests but a Casio Protrek might save your life, and it is a damn reliable and handy timepiece. A perennial favorite of mine, high-function Casio ProTrek (formerly Pathfinder) watches are a must for anyone who does anything outdoors. Light, durable, and extremely reliable, these go anywhere, do anything watches are something you’ll come to love if you don’t already. I own a bunch of them and continue to lust for more. A great model is the Casio ProTrek PAW-2000T-7, which comes on a titanium bracelet. There is also the standard PAW-2000 (reviewed here) that comes in black on a polyurethane strap. As far as ProTrek models go it is very thin and also light. It has a duplex LCD screen, is atomic clock controlled with a solar powered battery, and has along list of functions that you or anyone you get this for will actually probably use. Price: $450.

Bell & Ross BR 126 Sport

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In true Bell & Ross fashion, the “Sport” version of the newer BR 126 model is a refined looking modern watch that already feels like a classic (read the aBlogtoWatch review of this piece here). People have compared it to the Omega Speedmaster – which ironically I have listed below – but I don’t see a huge, huge similarity. Clearly, I would be happy with both. Depending on how you measure it, the BR 126 Sport is 41-43mm wide in steel, with a lovely looking case and that unique black retro looking dial compared to the rest of the BR range. On the bracelet it looks fantastic (also because the bracelet is fantastic) and inside the watch is a Swiss ETA 2894 automatic chronograph. It makes for a good daily wear with its versatile looks, and isn’t a bank balance killer with a price of $4,500.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial Chronograph

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The whole point of our gift guide is to suggest watches that we’d buy, which we also feel would satisfy other people’s tastes. Among many of the watches I reviewed in 2012 (click here to read the review), the newer Omega Speedmaster with the Co-Axial Chronograph in-house made Omega caliber 9301 (9300) movement was a top pick. I loved the larger size compared to the smaller original Speedmaster, and I was joyous to review not merely the standard steel version, but Omega’s higher-end 18k orange gold model with the black enamel dial. It is a lovely mixture of class, utility, and luxury. I can’t think of too many men who wouldn’t like one. Price is $25,700.

James Stacey’s Choices

Citizen Promaster PMX56-2811 Diver

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The Citizen Promaster PMX56-2811 is a fantastic everyman diver. Featuring a single piece titanium case, a bulletproof Eco-Drive solar movement and an excellent bracelet with a ratcheting extension, you’ll be hard pressed to find any casual or sporting situation in which this diver isn’t right at home. Those with smaller wrists will love the 41.5mm wide case and its svelte 11mm thickness. It might look like a entry-level military style watch but it is not. Priced at $400.

Bremont BC-Solo White

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The BC-Solo (SOLO) is Bremont’s entry level watch but that doesn’t mean they have held back any of the signature Bremont feature set. The SOLO features a 43mm Trip-Trick hardened steel case, a hardened AR-treated sapphire crystal, and timekeeping is managed by the COSC certified BE-36AE automatic movement. Better yet, the SOLO is now available in a crisp white dial and can be yours on a bracelet. Priced at $4,550.

Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Steel

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If there are chronographs and there are Chronographs, the SpidoSpeed is certainly the latter. Boasting a 44mm wide 32-piece skeleton case, the SpidoSpeed is a distinctive interpretation of the modern sport watch that is unlike anything else on the market. The SpidoSpeed runs on the LW 03 automatic movement which is sourced from Concepto and then been decorated by Linde Werdelin. The SpidoSpeed Steel is certainly not cheap but it does stand out for its futuristic design, unique appeal and proven attention to detail. Price is $13,000.

Paul Hubbard’s Choices

Damasko DA36

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While inexpensive, it isn’t cheap- and you get a lot more than you might think at first glance. The case steel is proprietary to Damasko, and at 60HRC and 52PRE its tougher and more corrosion resistant than stainless steel or titanium. Modified ETA 2836 movement (day and date moved down) with anti-magnetic casing, Viton gaskets that last longer than default nitrile, negative-pressure resistant and a unique, legible design that I quite like. At 40x12mm it’s versatile and perfectly sized. The do-it-all sport watch, below the radar. Price: $1,150.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver Ref. SBGA031

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It’s one hell of an expensive Seiko, but research a bit and you’ll see why Grand Seiko is one of the most respected marques in horology. Unique in-house Spring Drive automatic movement and Grand Seiko level finishing in a 200m-rated watch tough enough for sports and daily abuse. Consider it stealth luxury. Titanium keeps the weight down to 137g for a 44x14mm case. Price: $7,600.

IWC Ingenieur Vintage Ref. IW323310

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A blue-dial, retro take on the classic Ingeniuer Vintage Automatic. In-house movement, versatile style, in a limited edition of 1000. Hard to find but the limited edition of 1000 pieces blue dial is a stunner. In addition to being a very nice dress watch, the Ingenieur Vintage line is also quite resistant to shock, vibration and magnetism, making it practical to boot. Price: $8,000.

 James Lamdin’s Choices

Tag Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer 80 Limited Edition

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As iconic as they come, this stunningly retro piece from Tag Heuer celebrates the life and achievements of Jack Heuer, heir to the company’s namesake and father of the original Carrera. Featuring the robust Caliber 17 movement, dial detailing reminiscent of early models, the Heuer family crest and Jack’s own signature on the case back, this chronograph stands apart in the robust Carrera lineup.

Larger than the original Carrera, the Jack Heuer 80th Birthday edition is sized at a comfortable 41mm, and is available on a bracelet or a beautiful black rallye strap with red backing to evoke the brand’s motorsport heritage. My favorite detail? The classic red Heuer logo on the dial (importantly sans “Tag”) and the awesome deployment clasp detailing.

2013 will be the 50th Anniversary of the original Carrera chronograph, so snap it up now before the limited run of 3000 pieces disappears in another bout of Heuer-Mania! See a hands-on aBlogtoWatch look at this watch here. Priced from $4900.

Helson Sharkmaster 1000M

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A tool watch through and through, the Helson Sharkmaster combines design elements of classic Omega divers with modern materials, movement, usability, and a price point which makes it a great choice for professional and amateur divers alike. Machined from a massive block of 316L Stainless Steel and measuring a substantial 44mm by 54mm, the Sharkmaster definitely offers a wrist presence sure to attract attention both on the dive boat and at the Tiki Bar at the end of the day.

Powered by the ever-reliable ETA 2824, the Helson makes use of C3 Lume, monobloc construction, and a large, easily gripped unidirectional rotating bezel with no-decompression markings – all welcome features in a watch designed from the ground up to be used and abused. This is a piece that begs for its first battle scars from the moment you open the box (tangling with actual sharks not recommended…).

The Sharkmaster 1000 comes with a mesh bracelet and an Isofrane style rubber strap, and with super-cool stylings evoking the PloProfs of yesteryear, the Sharkmaster is a beaut of a brute and would be welcome in my stocking any day. Priced From $900.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute To Deep Sea

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An oft-overlooked fact in horological history, Jaeger-LeCoultre was once a leading manufacturer of serious sports and diving watches. They are perhaps known better today amongst watch collectors for their elegant contributions in the realm of haute horologie, but it’s nice to know that JLC hasn’t forgotten their heritage, and last year they unveiled the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea, an homage to their original 1959 masterwork (which has in its own right become a Holy Grail amongst dive watch collectors, with just over 100 examples known to still exist).

The Tribute to Deep Sea is available in both a US and European Edition, with different dial designs, each featuring their high-end Caliber 956 movement inside a 40.5mm case. The US edition was limited at release to 359 pieces, while the European market edition numbered 959. Roughly a year after launch, I can only speculate how many are still available – but with design details nearing perfection and a cult-like following, I’d wager not many. Just like the original, they are destined for future collectability, and it would behoove you to put one under the tree before they go all unobtanium. Yo, Santa – you hear me? Priced From $12,300.

Adi Soon’s Choices

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grand Taile

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The JLC Reverso is a watch every well-dressed man considers at some point. The classic art deco style with the familiar dimensions of the rectangular case has the kind of iconic presence that goes well with any dressy occasion. Matched with an alligator strap, this watch just oozes class, and elevates a man’s wardrobe to a totally different level.

This particular version of the Reverso, the Grand Taille, is, in my opinion the best among all the modern Reversos. Coming in at a height of 42.2mm, versus the Classique at 38.7mm, it is a good size for the modern man, while at the same time being able to sit underneath a shirt cuff where all good dress watches should reside. Also, the particular aspect ratio of the rectangle that makes up the case retains the classic Reverso shape, which is infinitely preferable from anything in the more squarish Squadra series.

Aside from looking good, and having a manufacture movement, this watch has the trademark flipping case, which is always a good conversation starter at parties. From that point, one can then begin the tale of the Reverso’s beginnings as it relates to polo and the protection of the fragile watch crystal in the 1930’s. Reverso is a high-end watch that while pricey, is still remarkably accessible. For what it can give you, an iconic design and a dress watch for life, there is no better bargain. Prices start at $7,150.

Meistersinger No.1

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The Meistersinger No.1 is without doubt the purest expression of the single hand dress watch. Meistersinger of course, is the brand known for its classical design with a single hand on the watch dial.

There is something innately relaxing about telling time with a single hand. When used as a dress watch, the single hand moves imperceptibly, almost frozen at each instance that you want to tell the time. There is no moving second hand calling attention to itself, nor is there enough precision to tell the time to the exact second. In a dressy environment, these are perfect attributes, as one should pay attention to your company and the event you are enjoying rather than to the time.

For your money, you get a ton of value. Choose between the 38mm or 43mm case, both slim enough to slip under the cuff. The No.1 as shown here is powered by a hand wound ETA 2801-2 movement. If you’re the type who prefers an automatic movement, Meistersinger has you covered with the No.3, which features the ETA 2824-2 movement. For variations of dial colours, think classic. Only black, white and cream dials are available, matched with brown or black leather straps or a stainless steel bracelet. Price for the No.1 comes in at £950, while the No.3 comes is at £1,325.

Alpina Startimer Pilot

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Want a Big Pilot style watch but still want to be different from those who have the IWC version? The Alpina Startimer Pilot automatic is a viable alternative. If you’re an aficionado and fan of the B-uhr style first seen on the wrists of German World War 2 bomber crews, you would already know what the main ingredients are: a large stainless steel case, an onion style crown for hacking seconds with thick gloves in the cold interior of a plane, sweeping second hands to synchronise your bomb run, as well as white numbers on a black dial for outstanding legibility.

The Alpina Startimer Pilot automatic takes these ingredients and gives its own unique twist to the proven formula. The onion style crown is different from that of the IWC, being slightly more elongated. The font of the brand as well is more modern, giving the dial a more updated feel, and the case is 44mm, which should be more comfortable for those who cannot wear the 46mm IWC Big Pilot because of skinny wrists.

The best reason to go for the Alpina however, has to be the price. At £970, it is without doubt a much cheaper alternative to the IWC. How does being almost one fifth cheaper at most places sound to you? From what I can tell, the differences are minor and not overtly so that it would not provide you with as much satisfaction. The look is the same, the feel is the same, and it is one hell of a bargain if you love the Pilot style. Priced at $1,150.

Anish Bhatt’s Choices

SevenFriday P3

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Yup it’s big. Yup it’s also brash. But sometimes that’s OK. At an excellent price point of sub $1,000, the P3 offers exceptional value in my eyes. No it isn’t Swiss Made, but that aside there is not much that would distinguish this from a watch 5 or 10 times more expensive! The case and dial are fantastically well made, with alternating finishes seen throughout both. The addition of sibrings rubber coating to the case (similar to the IWC Aquatimer Galapagos) brings a nice contrast and feel to the watch, and in terms of the actual presentation box and accessories…well higher priced manufacturers could learn a thing or two from these guys.

At 47mm the size won’t suit all. I do remember the days where I wore a Panerai 127 and IWC Big Pilot with no problem on my 6.5″ wrists, both of which wear much bigger due to their thickness and large crown/crown guards. Now I generally stick to the sub 45mm category, but I have no issue with these and happily wear the brand in rotation with my higher priced pieces. Plus if that dash of red doesn’t signify the holidays are coming, I don’t know what does! Price is 897.79 Swiss Francs.

Arnold & Son HMS 1

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This is a bit of a left field choice in a watch world filled with so many options, but I recently had the chance to really spend some time with this watch and I absolutely love it! A beautiful classic design is something that’s hard to find fault with. At 40mm in width it’s the perfect size for formal attire and slips effortlessly under even the most fitted shirt cuff. Powered by the svelte 2.7mm thick in-house calibre A&S1001, the watch displays only the necessary hours minutes and seconds on the dial (HMS, geddit??!) and the twin barrels mean you get a very impressive 80 hours of power reserve out of a full wind. For me though the dial is stunning, and this is close to perfection in terms of a dress watch!  Price is 9,990 Swiss Francs.

MCT Sequential One

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I can’t help but love this watch. Mechanically it’s fantastic and a joy to watch in action. The billboard style rotating large digits combined with the dynamic minute track are so well executed, and yet the case is a wearable and comfortable in size. Though it’s far from cheap, it’s been reasonably priced in my opinion and importantly it offers true innovation in terms of an alternative way of displaying the time!

The different finishes and colour options all offer something a little different, though my personal preference is still the ‘plain’ white gold version. Denis Giguet may have left the brand but a recent takeover means there may still be light in the horizon, and whatever the outcome I do feel these pieces may one day become very much collectors items. Price is 92,500 Swiss Francs.

Adam Morin’s Choices

Seiko “New” Monster SRP307K1

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a line of watches more recommended than the Seiko Monster. It is widely considered one of the absolute best bargains for a mechanical watch. This line of capable divers received an update this year including an upgraded movement with hacking and manual winding, something particularly useful if this is a gift for the uninitiated. Style tweaks and new color options round out the changes but this is definitely still the Monster we’ve come to love over the years.

I dive with my Monster and actually gave one to my best man for being in my wedding. I’m partial to the black dial and stainless variation but it was with orange that the Monster truly found its legs. These aren’t commonly sold in stores in the US but are readily available online for $200 – $300 USD depending on the style and bracelet. Expect to pay a little more for newer models but it just might be worth the increase in price. Read a full review of the updated Monster here. Price around $300.

Ball – Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST

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It’s no secret that watch guys tend to like tool watches and divers in particular. The vast majority of high-end dive watches never enter the water but that’s not really the point. We still like knowing that our watch is capable of continual operation at extreme depths even if we never plan to rely on it in such a fashion. If it can live up to that it can certainly handle your life, right? The Ball DeepQUEST is an extreme diver for those who shun the ubiquitous Rolex. Not only is this titanium beast rated to a depth of 3,000 meters, it also offers refined styling and will look good on your wrist for a night out. Just because a watch is capable of withstanding extreme environments doesn’t mean it has to look like it.

In typical Ball fashion, the DeepQUEST is also fitted with micro gas tubes to offer exceptional night reading that won’t diminish as the night goes on. If you, or your holiday beneficiary, desire a serious tool watch without the showy coronet or Greek letter, this Ball might be in your court (sorry). Read an early hands-on of the Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST here. Price is $4,399.

Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th

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If you follow anything watch-related then you’ve no doubt heard the Stratos Flyback Striking 10th mentioned ad infinitum due to its association with Felix Baumgartner and his Zenith-sponsored jump. Recognition by association aside, the Stratos Flyback Striking 10th is a seriously cool watch and worth taking a closer look at. Despite the debatable practicality of the Striking 10th complication, the long line of El Primero movements is one of the most storied in the business.

Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even if it breaks up your egocentric little scribbler’s heart,” wrote Stephen King — apparently the guiding principle behind the editing process that made the new Alpina Watches New York Replica Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic — that replaces the Alpina Extreme Diver, also makes a very strong case for getting a second chance to make a first impression.Earlier from the calendar year, the newest Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic was introduced using an admittedly over-dramatic video exhibiting an ice-climber which makes his way up a mountain into a snowy, high-alpine lake, cutting a hole in the ice and falling in to get a frigid, late-night swim. Now, as divorced from reality as the theory may seem, the basic spirit of this Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 and these adventurous aspirations feel somewhat warranted through its broad-shouldered case, tasteful applications of colour, and clean, minimalist design language. It’s rare when a watch with a base-level automatic motion comes along that really turns heads, especially in one of the most hotly contested segments in most of watchmaking. But it’s even rarer if such a watch goes on to become one of this year’s most under-the-radar surprises, all from what boils down to some very simple dial and bezel swap that finally breathes new life to the Alpina Seastrong collection.

The Stratos Flyback Striking 10th houses the lauded Striking 10th movement in the well-received Stratos case while looking modern and paying homage to the original 1069 tri-color El Primero subdials. The fact that it was worn on a record breaking jump from near space is just icing on the horological cake. It may not be unique in and of itself but this watch should be sought after for years to come. Read a hands-on look at the the El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th here. Price is $12,100.