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  • Derek Watanabe

ALPINA REGULATOR + KEEPER BOX



Being part of a of The Keeper Box subscription plan called Luxe I had received this Alpina as one of my 9 watches for the year. If you have not yet heard of The Keeper Box in short it where you can subscribe for up to 9 watches for the year which you can test out, wear and decide if you want to keep it or send it back for a low monthly fee. Ill have a link at the end of the post with more info.



Specs

  • AL-650 CALIBER, AUTOMATIC 28,800 , 31 JEwel, 38H POWER RESERVE AUTOMATIC

  • DARK BLUE DIAL WITH GUILLOCHÉ DECORATION, SILVER COLOR INDEXES WITH WHITE LUMINOUS TREATMENT

  • HAND-POLISHED MINUTES AND SECONDS HANDS WITH WHITE LUMINOUS TREATMENT

  • MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL 3-PARTS CASE

  • CRYSTAL: SCRATCH-RESISTANT SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL

  • WATER-RESISTANCE: 10 ATM/100M/330FT


Up close the brushed Alpina Logo is always well cut and while on this model there was some over gluing usually they are done rather nicely. The print on the Cotes de Geneve dial is a bit off here and there which on this type of pattern can be hard to do and get it perfect. Still overall nicely done.




The hands are cut and shaped rather well with the lume seated nicely. The lume isn't the strongest as in most Alpina but does its job. There is noticeable specs of dust and debris around the hands and event he dial which could be better from the brand, and could just be this particular watch. The print around subdials are fairly decent, little rough around the edges but solid.



The polished indices and lume are very similar to the hands on the watch in terms of the details.





The brushing on the case sides is really well done. The crown is easy to grab and engages well. Very happy with the finish on the case.




The caseback is very comfortable with no sharp edges on the engravings.



The bracelet is extremely comfortable while it may be harder to size due to the butterfly clasp its finished very well.




The Alpina Regulator may need some fine tuning in the finite details and QC for the MSRP price at $1,995. Currently the watch sells for less being a slightly older model now. Briefly looking around online the bracelet version can be had for about $1.500 or less. The watch does wear very well even at 45mm on my 7.5" wrist. Telling the time is quite easy once acclimated and the outer finish is wonderful. The beep dark blue really shines in the sunlight while at night appears to be black. The second hand has very nice sweeping motion which is also pleasing to look at it.


I don't think I would would pay full retail or anything close to over $1k personally simply due to the up close details. Now with that being said this was as mentioned before part of the Luxe plan from The Keeper Box which if I were to keep this watch it would only be $469 which to me is an absolute bargain price for the watch.


Keeper Box





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