Alpina, as many of you may know, is the halo brand for Frédérique Constant, which was one of the few remaining independent watch manufacturers left in Switzerland until the Citizen Group purchased them in May of 2016. This is not necessarily a bad thing, since Frédérique Constant, and by extension Alpina, was working on more "in-house" movements to help differentiate themselves in the market. Citizen's acquisition should provide more know-how and capital to further achieve this goal. The Alpina Startime Pilot is an excellent watch. It has a distinctive look and the fit and finish is on par or better for it's intended price category. I especially like the large date format and the subdial for the seconds hand. The bracelet is well made and is large enough for most male wrists. Finally, the packaging and documentation that come with the watch are excellent and what you would expect from a mid level Swiss watch. All in all, I think the watch is an excellent buy.
Loved the watch because it matches my Leather Interior with the RED stitching, and Carbon Fiber look of my GMC pickup.... It has been working as expected, and I get lots of compliments about it... The price and service were very good at the time I ordered it, BUT, I dropped the damn thing, and the so called crystal cracked across the whole watch, CHEAP PLASTIC!!!!! I guess I'll find out just how good the TWO year warranty is, and how Overstock will be to deal with my problem..... You can bet I will up date you all as I experience this process....
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