Taking Off With The New Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic

Taking Off With The New Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic

The new Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic checks all the boxes for an aviation watch. Watchonista was lucky enough to spend some quality time with Alpina's latest Pilot.

By Viviana Shanks

Since the beginning of time, Pilot's watches have been the perfect tools to help fearless aviators do their jobs properly. First used in the military, these watches are highly recognizable with oversized dials and extremely bright luminescence. Today, people love them more for their downright cool looks.

Military heritage

Alpina is no stranger to military watches. Since 1921, Alpina has become a known and renowned producer of watches for military pilots. Also, for the last 50 years, Alpina has been the official supplier of timepieces for the Continental Air Force. Their robustness and great legibility make it easier for the wearer to follow their flight plans and strike at the right time.

As you can imagine, military watches have to follow a set of very strict guidelines set by the government before they take to the skies and serve their purpose. Indeed, these timepieces need to be extremely accurate and have extremely strong shock resistance. In addition, for all aviator watches, the numerals and hands need to be extremely readable, even in the dark. With their anti-magnetic case and high contrasting dials, Alpina watches have proven to be the best match since their very first production in 1921.

The Startimer Collection was officially launched during Baselworld 2011 and has since become the most recognizable and most successful timepiece of the brand. Faithful to its military heritage, the Startimer keeps all the features Alpina Military watches are known for.

Robust and elegant

Introduced this Baselworld 2019, this new addition to the Startimer collection is a real stunner and is just as reliable as its predecessors. The 44mm rose gold plated case is extremely robust. This Pilot is paired with excellent finishing and straightforward functionality that makes this timepiece extremely useful.

The rose gold plated steel case is paired with a beautiful matte navy-blue dial and the now iconic oversized white luminous numerals and hands. At 12 o’clock, the Red Alpina triangle acts as a perfect marker of time. Resistant to 300m (10 ATM), the new Alpina Startimer Automatic is pretty versatile in the water, should you wish to take a plunge after landing.

Powered by the AL-525 automatic movement with 38 hours of power reserve. The case back is engraved with the logo of the brand and a Matterhorn motif followed by a plane whose pilot we could only imagine wearing the Alpina Startimer Automatic.

Airline pilot, military pilot or just guiding your feet through the day, this rose-gold Alpina Startimer Automatic will be the perfect and most reliable companion and at just $1,395 USD it's an accessible Pilot nonetheless.

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