The new Alpina KM-710 watch, which started at this week at the JCK replica watches sale and jewelry fair in Las Vegas, is a contemporary take on the naval service watches that Alpina produced in the 1930s for the German military.
Alpina was one of the Swiss watchmakers tasked by Germany’s Kriegsmarine in the early 1930s to make much needed service watches with clearly legible dials and hands for its Admiralty and other officers. These highly reliable watch timepieces were used by telephone and radio services, artillery, and transport and engineering corps, among other places. These and other early watches, which eventually came to supplant pocket watches in common life, were introduced primarily as military missions, which required soldiers’ hands to be free and for the reading of the time to be accomplished through a simple twist of a wrist.
Alpina navel service Swiss replica watches from the 1930s-1940s era are very popular with collectors, but very few of them remain in good condition today and most of them measured just 32 mm to 35 mm in diameter, rather small by today’s standards, especially for a men’s military watch. Thus, Alpina decided to introduce the new KM-710 watch, a watch that is in every regard a faithful reinterpretation of its historical forebears, except for its more contemporary dimensions of 41.5 mm in diameter and its modern in-house new movement.
The Alpina KM-710 watch has a period-accurate dial, including the placement of a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, with the notable modern-day touch of using Super-LumiNova in the indices and hands rather than the potentially hazardous luminescent radium of the original. The 41.5-mm stainless steel case has a screwed caseback, a sapphire crystal dial case, and a water proof of 50 meters.
The movement, on display through a caseback window, is Alpina’s in-house Caliber AL-710 watch, with automatic winding and a host of haute horlogerie finishes. The black coated ball bearing rotor is reminiscent of the “pendulum rotor” that Alpina incorporated into its historical 582 caliber from 1949. The decorations include Côtes de Genève and circular graining, plus bevelled edges and rhodium finishing on the bridges and cocks. The movement consists of 134 components and measures 30.5 mm in diameter and 6.3 mm thick; it has a balance frequency of 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 42 hours when fully wound.
The Alpina KM-710 watch has a vintage look stitched leather strap and comes in a handsome presentation watch box. Collectors who might have been resigned to shelling out big bucks for an antique Alpina military Swiss replica watches sale should appreciate the ticket price on this modern re-edition.