Today, Alpina announced a new retro timepiece, similar to the throwback diver’s watch they launched this year at Baselworld, which is also based very closely on a historic model. As you can see from the image above (the vintage timepiece on the left and the new version on the right), they made a larger, modern version with a dial that closely resembles the military service watches they produced for Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.

The Alpina Alpiner Heritage Manufacture KM-710 comes in virtually the same 41.5 mm stainless steel case as the Alpiner AL-710, that we covered here, and the Alpina Alpiner we reviewed here. However, the case on the Heritage model is slightly thicker, at 13 mm versus 10.8 mm.

A silver colored dial with black printed Arabic hour numerals and beige colored luminous coated indexes pays homage to the vintage models. Black baton-shaped hour, minute and seconds hands, as well as a black date hand (at 6 o’clock) match the Arabic numerals, and the hours and minute hands also feature a luminous treatment.
The dial is protected by a box-type sapphire crystal, and the caseback is screwed down with a sapphire window to view the nicely decorated movement. Water-resistance is 50 meters.

Powering the watch is automatic caliber AL-710 (which is also powers the aforementioned Alpiner models), a manufacture movement with a black coated oscillating weight with Geneva strips, mounted on ceramic ball bearings. The main bridge is bevelled, rhodium plated, and finished with Geneva stripes. The main plate is decorated with a perlage motif. Beating at 4Hz (28,800 kph), there are 134 components in total, including 26 jewels. A maximum power reserve of 42-hours is available.

This timepiece continues on the industry-wide trend to re-introduce previous models in a modern form. It allows buyers to enjoy the look of the past with the convenience of a new movement and modern size case and is something we think more companies should do, assuming they have cool vintage models in their archives, that is. (Ref. AL-710KMV4E6) $2695

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type: watchmaking.