Alpina, the inventor of the modern sports watch with the “Alpina 4” in 1938 review


Alpina, the inventor of the contemporary sports watch with the”Alpina 4″ in 1938, brings back the”4″ notion with its new”Alpiner 4″ collection.
More than any other watchmaker, Alpina was accountable for the concept of the contemporary Swiss sports watch, since it is known now. After several patents to insure water-resistance – and as development of the renowned Alpina”Block Uhr” in 1933 — in 1938 Alpina presents the”Alpina 4″: the very first contemporary Swiss sports watch. The idea behind the”Alpina 4″ was to reunite the 4 key attributes for a sports watch to be called a sports watch, in a single instance: 1) Antimagnetic, 2) Antishock, 3) Water-resistant and 4) Stainless steel. Such needed to be a sports watch, at the vision of the Alpina watches founder Gottlieb Hauser, to be able to attack the whole vertical Alpine sports environment, from mountain climbing to alpine lake diving.

Alpina watches

The all-new Alpiner 4 series features a”Bi-Compax” Chronograph, encasing the well-known Alpina AL-860 Automatic Chronograph movement, and a automatic GMT model, encasing the new Alpina AL-550 GMT movement, featuring an in-house GMT/24H module.