Watch manufacturer Alpina has numerous years of experience in producing military and pilot’s watches. Alpina was the official endorser for the US-american Continental Air Forces and therefore its watches had to meet the highest standards. The pilot’s watches had to be extremely precise and shock-resistant, the cases were mostly anti-magnetic and the dials were rich in contrasts for the best legibility.
In the Startimer watches Alpina maintains its heritage and the Startimer Pilot Big Date Chronograph, which was introduced in 2012, is a popular model of the Swiss brand. The new 2016 version uses a camouflage pattern known as the Six-Color Desert Pattern (or Chocolate-Chip Camouflage) for the dial.
The pattern of the dial is made up of a base pattern of light tan overlaid with broad swathes of pale green and wide two-tone bands of brown. Clusters of black-on-white spots are scattered over to mimic the appearance of pebbles and their shadows.
The displays resemble the ones from planes; they are highly functional and legible. The hands are coated with luminescent color. The subdial on 9 o’clock shows the chronograph minutes, the subdial on 3 o’clock functions as the 10-hour counter. On 6 o’clock lies the subdial for the running seconds as well as the big date.
The dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective coating. Also, the watch is water-resistant up to 10 atm.
The case of the Alpina Startimer Pilot Big Date Chronograph Desert Camouflage is made from stainless steel with black PVD coating and water-resistant up to 10 atm.
Inside this pilot’s watch works the AL-372 quartz chrono caliber which features hours, minutes, small seconds and the chronograph functions as well as a big date.
The Alpina Startimer comes with a beige leather bracelet.