A modern 44m regatta timer is a little off the beaten path for Dial + Bezel but what’s life without diversity? Released in 2013, the Alpina Extreme 40 Sailing Yacht Timer Countdown LE (we know it’s a mouthful) was the second iteration in the line of sailing watches meant to commemorate Alpina’s partnership with the Italian Extreme 40 catamaran Team Niceforyou. Just in case you need a quick refresher on the various sailing classes, the Extreme 40 was a class of sailing catamarans created by TornadoSport as a sort of ‘stadium’ racing series. The boats themselves were pretty awesome at 40 feet long and constructed out of carbon fiber.
The 44mm stainless steel case is in very good condition. The overall design is substantial and features a unidirectional turning sapphire compass bezel, rubber-clad crown, and a sapphire crystal case back. Also on the caseback is the edition number out of a total of 8,888 total pieces produced. The watch comes on its original rubber strap with a signed deployant clasp. The strap has been previously sized and will fit up to a 7.25-inch wrist.
The Dial and Hands
The black face, which contrasts with the luminous white hour and minute hands, reflects the racing yacht inspiration of the watch. Second, to this point, the Yacht Timer Countown’s triangular, fluorescent orange second hand truly stands out and is especially easy to read. This model has a countdown window from 12 o’clock to 4 o’clock, with the indicator disk changing from 10 to 1 and leading to the fluorescent START indicator.
This watch features an Alpina automatic AL-880 movement with a yacht timer function. This movement is based on a Sellita SW500 with the addition of an in-house mechanical module, specifically designed to time the five and 10-minute countdown to the start of a regatta. The watch is running and the service history is not known.
|Location||New York City|
|Model||Extreme 40 Yacht Timer Countdown LE|
|Movement||Alpina Automatic AL-880|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Rubber Strap|