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A purpose-built mechanical watch for motorcyclists

When avid motorcyclist, veteran watch journalist, and Beyond The Dial Co-Founder, Allen Farmelo, began pairing watches with his motorcycles and posting images on Instagram, Alsta’s CEO Angus MacFadyen reached out. A week later, the Motoscaphe was in the works. Farmelo says that he has had “about 30 years to dream up this watch, because I’ve literally been thinking about the perfect motorcycle watch for about that long. Of course you start with a dive watch, but it has to be modified significantly to work on a bike.” Alsta, which MacFadyen revived to great acclaim in 2014, made stylish, rugged and precise watches for men and women of intellectual creative substance throughout the 1960s and 70s. Today, the Alsta’s ethos is as relevant as it ever was


Motorcycle watches have almost always been cheap, flimsy things with a brand logo thoughtlessly slapped on the dial. The Alsta Motoscaphe carries no specific motorcycle branding, is built to the highest mechanical standards, and will reliably serve its owner and their heirs for generations to come.

Also setting the Alsta Motoscaphe apart is a unique feature set aimed at motorcyclists of all kinds, including a left-handed crown to eliminate digging into a bent wrist, a useful 12-hour GMT rotating bezel, ultra-clear legibility with anti-reflective coating, and an aesthetic that’s equally at home on a Harley bagger, a Ducati Panigale, a bobbed cafe racer, or a muddy adventure bike like the BMW GS.


The Spirit of Speed 176ft = 53.6m / sec

The MOTOSCAPHE’s dial playfully reinterprets the common depth rating into an equation for speed. 

For fast riders, 120mph often triggers spiritual experiences. Space curves, time collapses, and the mind quiets.

“That’s when the strange music begins…” Hunter S. Thompson




Case – 40mm 316L stainless steel with circular brushing 

Caseback – engraved with Beyond The Dial’s Ethos and victory wreath 

Movement – Seiko NH35 (mechanical, no date, auto-winding) 

Dial – custom designed markers, no date aperture, blue Super-LumiNova 

Bezel – custom-tuned bi-directional ratchet, 12-hour timing scale on aluminium insert. Allows riders to track elapsed hours, minutes (just multiply by 5), and/or a second time zone when traveling.

Crystal – domed sapphire with anti-reflective coating (inside only, so it will never scratch) 

Strap – thick black perforated leather rally strap for maximum airflow 

Unlimited production 

$895 USD


SHOCK RESISTANT & WATERPROOF Bang it around and get it wet - that's the point.


LEFT-HANDED CROWN On the left wrist, the Motoscaphe never digs into a rider’s bent wrist.





NO DATE Because no motorcyclist wants a reminder that Monday is approaching.

HIGH-CONTRAST LEGIBILITY A quick glance tells riders all they need so they can get their eyes back on the road. Anti-reflective coating under the sapphire crystal assures legibility in direct sunlight.