While contamination is an ongoing issue for all those of us on land, the size of the problem pales in comparison to the scale of ocean pollution. Amidst such issues as ocean acidification, toxic algal blooms, coral bleaching, and myriad others, among the very pressing and easy to understand is that the absolute scale of plastic waste in our oceans. The most significant collection of sea waste, colloquially called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, covers double the surface area of Texas and comparable patches of sea vinyl are found across the globe. Alpina, as part of its ongoing attempts in natural conservation, has established a bold new step in fighting this problem using its Seastrong line of dive watches. The resulting limited edition edition Seastrong Replica Watch Automatic features a case and strap created nearly entirely from recycled sea plastics, conceived in concert with Dutch microbrand Gyre, to raise awareness of this continuing ecological threat.
The 44mm instance of the replica watch Alpina Alpiner 4 for AL-760 Automatic is made of a distinctive black composite substance, featuring 70 percent recycled plastics sourced from abandoned fishing nets eliminated from the Indian Ocean. The case design itself is an odd, somewhat stilted take on the pillow case formulation, together with stout beveled lugs and an incongruous stepped thanks thanks to its wide set crown guards and matching extended section on the 9 o’clock side. The matte finish of the composite makes the polished black of the rotating dip bezel insert that much more dramatic, changing the most basic of dive watch components into something visually memorable. Though the plastic combination of the Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic’s case might not have the heft of stainless steel, the watch loses none of its own capability, with Alpina claiming a respectable 300 metres of water resistance.