Just In: 1940s Alpina "Pontife"

Recently, I've made a trade - I had a 1952 Longines I didn't really wear, and I traded it to a fellow collector for this:

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It's a 1940s Alpina in stainless steel. The dial is beautifully preserved, and adorned with the currently desirable Pontife hands. 

Despite being 32mm, it doesn't feel small - the lug width to diameter ratio is deeecent, with the lug width being 18mm.

Another star of the show is the case - made by C.R. Spillmann, renowned for their waterproof cases.

The case back has some serious pitting, by the looks of it caused by a single-pass coarse nylon strap and acidic sweat. However, since I won't wear it case back up, I don't care all that much.

Inside beats an Alpina cal.586.

So far, I've only seen one other specimen - in solid 14K yellow gold. 

It's a very sleek piece, and with its 1940s minimalistic dial and hands paired with a broad silhouette, this is exactly my kind of watch!

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Handsome watch!

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32mm is a perfectly cromulent size. I'm wearing that size today. Anyone saying otherwise probably has no experience behind their opinion.

I have no learned another hand style name, so thanks for that. The crown is pleasingly proportioned too (sometimes they look a bit large on this size watch).

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Ooh - what did the Longines look like?

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OscarKlosoff

32mm is a perfectly cromulent size. I'm wearing that size today. Anyone saying otherwise probably has no experience behind their opinion.

I have no learned another hand style name, so thanks for that. The crown is pleasingly proportioned too (sometimes they look a bit large on this size watch).

The smallest in my collection is 28mm, the largest - 43. So, I'm pretty liberal with sizes. It's the proportions and the depth of detail that determine the visual aspect of wearability to me. 

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chronotriggered

Ooh - what did the Longines look like?

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Was a nice watch, but I just got bored with it and it didn't get the wrist time that it deserved🤷‍♂️

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MrBloke
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Was a nice watch, but I just got bored with it and it didn't get the wrist time that it deserved🤷‍♂️

Good swap - I’d have done the same.

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The 1950’s watches always had so much open real estate on the dial. I think that it was a good swap. (And no DHL theft.)

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Definitely a good move. Your Longines was sharp but this one is 10x better. 

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What a sweet looking watch. Good trade ! 

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Great watch! Congrats! I was a fan of those applied numbers on the Longines though.