1940 Alpina KM 592


Period time Kriegsmarine service watch. Made by Alpina. A nickel-plated brass case. Silver watch dial including a subsidiary 60 seconds time display at 6 o’clock. “KM 592” marked. Alpina caliber 592 movement. Neutral leather wrist band.

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The Alpina KM 592: A Timepiece of Wartime Heritage

The Alpina KM 592 is a military-issued wristwatch steeped in historical significance. Produced in the early 1940s by Alpina, a renowned Swiss watchmaker, this timepiece was specifically designed for the Kriegsmarine, the naval branch of the German armed forces during World War II.

The KM 592 was engineered to withstand the harsh conditions of wartime service. Its nickel-plated brass case provided durability, while the clear, legible silver dial with Arabic numerals and a subsidiary seconds dial ensured easy readability in various lighting conditions. The “KM 592” marking on the dial served as a clear identifier of its military designation.

Powering Precision in the Heat of Battle

At the heart of the KM 592 was the Alpina caliber 592 movement, a reliable and accurate manual-winding mechanism that powered the watch’s functions. This movement was chosen for its robustness and ability to maintain timekeeping precision even amidst the rigors of combat.

The KM 592 featured a neutral leather wristband, devoid of any military insignia or markings. This design choice allowed the watch to serve as a practical timekeeping tool for naval personnel without drawing unnecessary attention or revealing sensitive information.

A Glimpse into History

Today, the Alpina KM 592 stands as a tangible relic of a tumultuous era. Its presence in vintage watch collections and museums offers a glimpse into the lives of those who served in the Kriegsmarine during World War II. The watch’s design and functionality reflect the ingenuity and resourcefulness required to navigate the challenges of wartime.

The KM 592’s legacy extends beyond its military origins. It represents Alpina’s commitment to crafting high-quality timepieces that can endure even the most demanding environments. The watch’s enduring appeal among collectors and enthusiasts is a testament to its historical significance and lasting craftsmanship.




Perth, Australia






KM 592



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