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|Seastrong Diver GYRE Gents Automatic Smoke Blue - Ltd Ed 1883pcs Ref. AL-525LNSB4VG6|
The Swiss have been distinguished as one of the world’s best watchmakers for centuries, dominating the watch industry with their fine craftsmanship and exceptional quality. Back in 1883, independent watchmaker Gottleib Hauser stood out from the rest with a vision to establish a union of members among fellow watchmakers in Switzerland with an aim to work with each other to share ideas, parts and materials to bring watchmaking to another level. This was when he founded the Alpina Union Horlogère S.A. (UH) / Schweizerische Uhrmacher-Genossenschaft (SUG)' ('Corporation of Swiss Watchmakers') that was driven by Hauser’s ‘Alpinist Principle’ to unite the Swiss watchmaking industry.
One of the most noteworthy features of the AlpinaSeastrong Diver GYRE Gents Automatic Smoke Blue Ref. AL-525LNSB4VG6 is prominent on its remarkable matte black case constructed out of a combination of 30% recycled strengthened fibreglass and 70% plastic waste collected from fishing nets in the Indian Ocean. With the help of Gyre, Alpina created a stunning case that not only looks great with its stealth black appearance, but also exceptionally strong and lightweight for a comfortable experience on the wrist.
Smoked blue dial, applied silver indexes with white luminous
Embracing the classic cushion case of the Seastrong, the GYRE commands a fantastic wrist presence with its 44mm case diameter. Despite its fairly bold diameter, the case thickness measures in at a mere 12.15mm, a true feat to be achieved by a full-fledged 300m dive watch made with a blend of recycled materials. With a short lug to lug distance of only 49.5mm, the watch wears significantly more compact than the diameter suggests, wearing closer to a 42mm dive watch.
The creative use of recycled materials extends to even the supplied 22mm two-tone NATO strap, being ingeniously made out of recycled plastic bottles (rPET). An additional black vegetable leather strap, made of recycled apple waste, is also provided for an alternative choice of style.
2-parts case made with recycled PA 6 (70%) and glass fibre (30%)
Blending harmoniously with the beautiful black case, the Seastrong Diver GYRE Gents Automatic Smoke Blue Ref. AL-525LNSB4VG6 houses a matching black PVD-coated stainless steel bezel with engraved black luminous markers on the 60-minute diving scale. This ratcheting 120-click unidirectional diving bezel oozes quality with firm clicks and a grippy bezel edge for a delightful underwater timing experience.
Undoubtedly this most striking element of the Seastrong Diver GYRE Gents Automatic Smoke Blue Ref. AL-525LNSB4VG6 can be found under the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, displaying an enthralling smoked-blue gradient dial, fading from a deep dark blue in the middle of the dial to a pale sky blue towards the edges - a truly dazzling dial that sets itself apart from the rest. As a reliable dive watch, the hands and hour indices are treated with Swiss SuperLumiNova luminescent for a bright and vibrant glow in the dark.
Superluminova glows in the dark
At the heart of the Seastrong Diver GYRE Gents Automatic Smoke Blue Ref. AL-525LNSB4VG6 lies the Alpina self-winding caliber AL-525 automatic movement that offers a power reserve of 38 hours that beats at a rate of 28,800 beats per hour. This 26 jewel movement is based on the ever-reliable Sellita SW200-1 movement, a movement renowned for its reliability and performance.
Apart from being an outstanding Swiss-made mechanical dive watch with its sturdy build and reliable movement, the Seastrong Diver GYRE Gents Automatic Smoke Blue Ref. AL-525LNSB4VG6 is an inspiring yet performance-driven piece that sends a strong message to protect the precious ocean of our world. Being only limited to 1883 pieces (a nod to Alpina’s founding in 1883) per variant, this is one exceptional release from Alpina not to be missed.