Sinn makes a lot of watches. The German watchmaker has as many SKU’s as your local supermarket’s cereal aisle. Style-wise, it’s bezel-mania über alles. Or if you prefer, tool watch heaven. Technology is the main differentiator – tegimented steel here, Ar-Dehumidifying there. I’ve selected three watches that represent Sinn’s dress, pilot and dive offerings. I’m sure you’ll find the selection Sinntilating . . .
Act fast if you want to be caught red-handed with a red-handed 556 A – they sell out in an augenblick. And no wonder. Even with its Rolex Explorer-style jumbo 12, 3, 6, 9 indices, Sinn’s entry-level pilot’s watch needs that red second hand to lift it from its otherwise unrelenting blackness, complete with its blacked-out heart of darkness.
The 38mm automatic 556A Red Special Edition embodies the rugged reliability for which Sinn is rightly known, including 200m water resistance (thank you dual-seal crown lock). The transparent caseback showcases a “top grade” ETA movement (COSC-quality without COSC certification). If you want a brutally elegant dress watch, a timepiece that can take der licking and keep on ticken, buy the RSA and Sinn no more. Then again . . .
A watch for cargo pilots? How tool watch is that? Don’t get to thinking that the inner dial’s miniature Boeing 777F is a Bell & Ross style needless affectation – it makes the 857 UTC one of the most legible dive-compatible GMT’s money can buy.
I could live without the little plane at the bottom, but why live without tegimented steel and Dry Hold technology, enabling “freedom from fogging” and “overall functional reliability at temperatures between 45 C and + 80 C”? At 43mm, the LC isn’t the shy and retiring type, but it is a Sinngular sensation.
The hyper-accurate Longines Conquest V.H.P. eliminated my quartz snobbery. Besides, if you want a REALLY tough wristwatch, you do not want all those mechanical bits on your wrist. You want battery power. The UX EZM 2B Hydro’s unique selling point: Sinn fills the quartz movement with oil. It’s dive rated to . . . wait for it . . . 5000m.
No wonder, then, the Hydro SE’s case is made from submarine steel. The bezel’s tegimented and the watch is both shockproof and anti-magnetic. Like the Grand Seiko GMT, the Sinn’s ETA movement is thermo-compensated for [unspecified but stellar] accuracy. At only 13mm thick, the HSE doubles as a dress watch. It’s a Sinnphony of Sinn’s technological bad assery.