MOVEMENT : SEAGULL ST1903 20-JEWELS MANUAL WIND 30
GLOSSY POLISHED PARTS WITH BLUE STEEL SCREW & COLUMN WHEEL
CHRONOGRAPH FUNCTIONS :
30 MINUTES COUNTER HAND AT 3 O'CLOCK
SMALL SECOND HAND AT 9 O'CLOCK
24-HOUR FOLLOW AT 6 O'CLOCK
POWER RESERVE (APPROX) : 42-HOURS
HANDS: LUMINOUS HANDS AND MARKERS (GLOWS IN A DARK)
CASE MATERIAL: 316L SOLID STAINLESS STEEL
CASE BACK : SCREW DOWN 316L STAINLESS STEEL CASE BACK WITH GLASS INSERT
CRYSTAL : HARDENED MINERAL
BRACELET : 22MM GENUINE LEATHER STRAP
1 YEAR MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
COMES WITH ALL TAGS
Wow! What can I say! The moment I first saw this watch I was immediately stricken with how beautifully proportioned it was along with the unique internal tachymetre not commonly seen on chronograph watches. I just had to check it out for myself.
Having it in my hands, it is just gorgeous to look at and fun to fiddle around with the chronograph functions. The 22mm strap it comes with is appropriately THICK for such a robust watch and is of outstanding construction quality and very comfortable on the wrist. And the decorated ST19 movement is simply a marvel to behold and simply demands your gaze as you watch the gears and bridges interact with one another.
Needless to say, it has now become an almost daily wear watch for me, and I find myself gravitating to it over many others in my collection because it simply speaks to me so well.
Please, dear reader, if you do not yet have this lovely timepiece in your collection, stop what you're doing and BUY THIS WATCH! You wont regret it! I can personally guarantee it!
The quality/price ratio in this mechanical cronograph is awesome.
I'm going to beguin with the calibre ST1903 from Seagull (I think Alpha calls it 2903). The story of this movement starts with the famous Seagull 1963 wristwatch that was first which received the ST19 movement. So the original story goes that in 1960s Switzerland there were three competing chronograph movement manufacturers: Lemania, Valjoux and Venus. Venus made the popular Calibre 175 column (or pillar) wheel chronograph movement that was used in several watches in the 1940s and 50s. In 1961 Project 304 assigned the task of developing and producing this air force chronograph to the Tianjin Watch Factory. This was partly because Tianjin had already created a popular watch movement of their own but also because Tianjin (the city) is physically closer to Beijing than, say, Shanghai (and, therefore, the Shanghai Watch Factory).
Tianjin bought the Cal.175 machinery and designs from Venus and then upgraded the original 17-jewel movement to their own 19-jewel ST19 movement and increased the alternances to 21600 vph.
The calibre is quite good keeping time, mine is +5s/day, so it works in COSC parameters (it is not but it works in that way). Good for Alpha, it comes well regulated (I did not expect that).
The case and dial are very close to original PAM 158 (only 10 units were made, so impossible to get one). I would have liked 2mm more, in dial and case, but the measurements are like PAM 158.
The strap is very thick and rigid but it has a good quality and I think with a bit of time it's gonna loose its rigidity, so also good.
The only thing I do not like is the threaded crown. In a manual winding watch, it's not very confortable to screw the crown in and out every time you wind it. I think it was better in the previous design.
I do not want you to get bored, so I just tell you this is a very good way of getting one of the best quality/price ratio in a mechanical cronograph in the market today (remember there are other cronos with the same calibre around 800 euros and the next step is a Valjoux around 1400).
Thanks for reading and have a good time and enjoy your watch!
This chronograph watch looks very expensive and it has a quality movement.
Tks to ALPHA EUROPE!
Bellissimo cronografo con cassa a cuscino e con un movimento spettacolare.
Fast delivery and great product. Very happy