A Swiss Made quartz chronograph under €1,000

Meet the Alpina Alpiner Quartz Chronograph

I've got preconceptions and preferences - same as anybody else - but I don't like them. I sometimes find myself saying "no no, I only wear rubber, Nato or Marine Nationale straps." Yeah, but why? Wouldn't I want to wear a Royal Oak on a bracelet, should I steal - sorry, I mean 'buy' - John's Rolex, ditch the bracelet and put it on a rubber strap? We often see this with quartz watches. "No no, I only wear automatics". Sure. Why? Is it because they're more accurate? Because, generally speaking, they certainly aren't. Is it because they're more reliable? With a few exceptions, some G-Shock models for example, most quartz watches are user-serviceable: you just change the battery every few years.

Founded in 1883 in Switzerland, Alpina* is going through a renaissance phase along with its sister company Frédérique Constant (both owned by Citizen group) and they're revamping their flagship models along with a few interesting additions, including the Alpina Gyre Seastrong I reviewed a while ago. This is the Alpiner Chronograph, a Swiss Made sports chronograph inspired by the original Alpiner, first launched in 1938.

The 42 mm stainless steel case houses a quartz module powered by a battery with a 4.5-year range. Apart from the fact that they're generally more accurate and easier to repair, the biggest advantage with quartz watches is that you never have to re-set the date and time, something I have to do almost daily because most of my automatic watches are actually manual-winding pieces that look like they've been salvaged from the bottom of the ocean.

I've been considering a stainless steel sports watch for a very long time - mostly because I don't actually own one - and this is a worthy contender, priced at €995. By the way, it is also available with a black dial, with or without black-on-black sub-dials.

Quartz v automatic v manual, what's your pick?

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Comments (12)

  • Ooohhh that's a BEAUTY!!! ❤️❤️❤️Especially the white one in the main photo! I would pick a quartz . . but I can't afford this one 😢

      26 days ago
  • A Swiss Made quartz chronograph under €1,000 @tribe

      26 days ago
  • I used to prefer the Quartz. It's much more precise, it's generally more robust - as in shock proof - and requires no preventive maintenance. What's not to like?

    Somehow, and I cannot explain it to myself, I haven't even looked at a Quartz for some time now. The only case I see myself buying a Quartz watch will be when my G-Shock dies. Which will be after WWIII.

    Except I just realized that I bought this guy, and it's Quartz. But this is obviously an exception to any rule.

      26 days ago
  • I changed the battery on my solar G-Shock. It's easy. Why do you say it's an exception?

      26 days ago
  • Yes, I’ll admit it I have become an automatic only ‘snob’ since buying my first in 2008.

    I know it’s stupid as there are some great quartz watches out there, some I think look bloody lovely - see the Geckota C-01 Gen 2 Racing with the blue face 😋 - but I just won’t buy them for some irrational reason!

    Probably a good thing as the cost of automatics keeps the collection under control(ish) 😊

    Have to agree those Alpina do look tasty.

      26 days ago
    • Seiko 5s used to be awesomely underpriced but unfortunately the company eventually realized that and upped the prices. Orient is probably the new Seiko, or maybe Citizen

        23 days ago