Should you look for the very literal interpretation, you are very likely to locate ISO 6425, which outlines a rigorous set of globally defined guidelines for durability, functionality, and legibility, finally regulating what can and cannot be officially known as a true “dip watch.” Along those very same lines but for aviator watches, Sinn has just announced the introduction of DIN 8330 — a brand new German business standard spearheaded by the watchmaker, and complemented by a trio of new pilot sequences, purpose-built and officially certified to be functionally secure and dependable from the cockpit. Debuting the certification are the Sinn 103 Ti IFR, Sinn 103 Ti UTC IFR, and the Sinn 857 UTC VFR watches.If this sounds familiar, notice that this new standard takes Sinn’s privately developed TESTAF (Technischer Standard Fliegeruhren) standard to another level as a nationally-recognized DIN standard. Here, we’ve got an official aviator’s equivalent to the DIN and ISO standards that have long governed other watery realms of purpose-built watchmaking. At the risk of oversimplifying things, consider this as the ISO 6425 of pilot sequences, open to some German watchmaker for consideration.The ink was hardly dry on TESTAF’s introduction in 2012 when Sinn started campaigning for a stronger industry-wide DIN standard for all pilot watches. However, executing this took widespread alliance from German regulating bodies and the industry as a whole — specifically, consultation by Lufthansa Cargo, Airbus Helicopters, and other German watchmakers such as Stowa, Hanhart, and Glashütte Original; afterward help from risk management company DNV GL who informed the certification criteria and procedure; and ultimately, the University of Applied Sciences FH Aachen who functioned as the testing institute. The final result is a truly collaborative set of standards that simplifies all of German aviator watches set up in civilian and professional air traffic alike.
The year 2015 is almost at a close, and we’d like to help wrap it up with an aBlogtoWatch watch buying gift guide – done, once again, a little bit differently. As a publication that tends to help consumers make choices about watches they want to purchase, we dislike the idea of arbitrarily limiting your buying options to a few timepieces that we feel just narrowly beat out others in any given list. So for that reason, we try to stay away from more randomly assorted gift guides that, frankly, also bore us to create.
The lauded Rolex Submariner is one of the most popular luxury watches in the world. Easily the most popular steel-cased (or otherwise) luxury diving watch, the Rolex Submariner sets the bar in many ways when it comes to timepieces of its type, at its price point. aBlogtoWatch has reviewed the Rolex Submariner here, offered a long-term review of the Rolex Submariner No Date Sinn Watches Norway Replica here, and even compared the Rolex Submariner to its “cousin” watch the Tudor Heritage Black Bay here. With that said, the Rolex Submariner isn’t for everyone, and a lot of people who already have a Rolex Submariner still like the genre of high-end steel sports diving watches and are interested in other watches like it.
On the other hand, the situation was upsized to 44mm, also built with Sinn’s trademark ultra-hard tegimented steel, which shrugs off even hard scratches with surprising ease. The water resistance has been upped to 200m, and in addition, it gets Sinn’s unique AR technologies — a dehumidifying copper sulfate capsule that keeps the internals dry, and also will prevent the dial from fogging during rapid temperature change.Speaking of internals, the 3006 is equipped with the Valjoux 7751 (a small twist on the conventional 7750 that Sinn loves to utilize), which is characterized by a full calendar at 12:00, a pointer date surrounding the dial, and chronograph enrolls at 12:00 and 6:00, along with a 24-hour enroll at 9:00. All in all, the dial is still very active, but still plenty legible, with everything neatly in its own place, in prototypical Sinn fashion. Continuing the customs of this Jagduhr collection, this Sinn Hunting Watch 3006 is clad in olive drab green, with beige Super-LumiNova markings during — such as the new moonphase itself at 6:00. Why a moonphase anyhow? Well, in Germany, national searching legislation dictate that artificial light sources cannot be used while hunting, so using a little bit of field knowledge around the moon’s cycles can be advantageous, as the best natural night and early morning lighting is known to be inside three days before and following a full moon. And as long as the luminous moon index is falling over the range of the curved beige cross at 6:00, your chances of bringing home dinner are significantly improved.Like that the EZM 12 Air Rescue watch designed for air rescue medics and published at Basel last season, the Sinn Jagduhr 3006 Hunting Chronograph is just another extremely niche edition, but one having genuine, purpose-built practicality in mind — even though it lacks the capability to be stripped and cleaned like the aforementioned EZM 12. Maybe field dressing is not a thing in Germany? Or maybe that’s why it doesn’t possess a bezel?
German Sinn is nothing if not practically minded. Best-known for their hearty, down-to-earth tool watches, fans of the brand may not have seen this coming, though. If it’s not immediately clear from the pictures and title, the Sinn Dual Strap System is a pair of strap halves for your Sinn watch and a pair of strap halves for an Apple Watch, which together make a whole wrist experience. Or, perhaps the ability to enjoy both a mechanical watch and an Apple Watch together on one wrist is even greater than the sum of its parts. We got to see it hands-on at Baselworld 2016.
We have grown to like – well, love – Sinn for their consistently high quality, very technical watches like the EZM 10 (reviewed here) or the T1 and T2 Dive watches. With the Sinn Model 1800 S Damaszener, the brand further strengthens its dressier line of watches, while also adding a twist to it all with the use of damascus steel for the case, case back, and dial.
Damascus steel (or Damaszener Stahl in German), is a material seldom encountered in wrist watches – and yet, not unsurprisingly, Sinn still couldn’t resist adding a twist to it nevertheless. For the Sinn Model 1800 S Damaszener, both the central, largest part of the case as well as the dial have been cut from the same complete block of steel, rather than from separate pieces. This was done to allow the unique light-dark-light pattern of damascus steel to seamlessly flow throughout the case and the dial. The dial also features thirteen applied indices which, along with the long, lumed hour and minute hands, should provide ample legibility despite the complex and unique backdrop.
After showing the limited edition U212 S E at Baselworld earlier this year, Sinn is expanding their core dive watch collection with the Sinn U212 EZM 16. For those wanting their hyper-focused mission timer platform in a larger package, Sinn has taken the general design of the UX and applied it to a 47mm steel case and a Swiss automatic movement. With the standard color scheme for a Sinn EZM model, the Sinn U212 EZM 16 diver’s watch is both a more legible tool for actual diving and an appealing sport watch for big-wristed desk divers everywhere.
Lothar Schmidt is currently a shareholder in SUG, who really are a professional case manufacturer that have historically provided steel instances for Sinn and valuable metal cases including A. Lange & Söhne. The case of the Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund I will be manufactured by SUG in a palladium-rich metal of gold that is white, which requires no rhodium plating to keep its silver colour and ought to be properly ventilated by wearers with nickel allergies. The case measures 40mm by 9.3mm, which makes it slender, yet modern in look and well suited to dress watch duties.The lugs are short and curved to boost the slim profile, along with the sides of the case are satin-brushed to comparison with the polished bezel. This case shows a degree of completing up to A. Lange & Söhne criteria, which is appropriate considering it was manufactured by the same supplier. The situation is farther water-resistant to 10 Bar (approximately 100m), which is considerable for a precious metallic apparel piece but not unexpected given Sinn’s proclivity for tough timepieces. The Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund I comes attached to either a mocha or black alligator leather strap, also includes a wooden display box with a loupe to respect the fine detailing on the dial and movement.The Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund that I comes with an anthracite dial, decorated with fine guilloché in radial waves emanating from the dial’s centre. The effect looks like a sunburst finish at first glance, but reveals greater detail and visual attention when inspected closely. The hour indicators are applied and possess a distinctive elongated or “stretched” appearance, which will no doubt prove a controversial design choice, but one which I personally quite like. Printed white Arabic numerals indicate every 10-minute interval around the dial, which detracts slightly from the elegance of the timepiece but does serve to improve legibility. Surrounding the dial is a railway minute track with applied metal indexes every hour, presumably also made of white gold.
I’ve been a fan of the Sinn EZM 10 watch since I debuted the product back in 2011 when it was first introduced by Sinn. Later in 2012, I got an opportunity to check out the Sinn EZM 10 “Testaf” watch hands-on, and today I am pleased to offer what is actually a rather long-term review of a watch with a ton of impressive talking points from one of my favorite contemporary mechanical watch makers.
As part of this review, I’ve worn the Sinn EZM 10 on both the pilot-style leather strap as well as the metal bracelet. That bracelet is special not only because of its design, but because, like the case, it is produced from Sinn’s “Tegimented” titanium. Tegimentation is a process done by Sinn to harden metal. Sinn first began with Tegimented steel. The idea was to make the metal harder and thus much more resistant to scratches. True enough, when you buy a luxury watch, one of the worst things that can happen is when that watch gets its “first scratch.” Tegimented steel and other hardening techniques make that less common.
While we might all feel as we know Sinn and have a handle on their general flavor, Baselworld 2016 revealed that Sinn remains capable of surprising and that their game is not exclusively tool sailors and hardcore pilot sequences. In the ornate 6200 Meisterbund to the rather rakishly handsome 910 Anniversary chronograph, Sinn’s 2016 Baselworld lineup was an impressive pivot in their more common view stylings.We’ll leave the 6200 for the following post and center on the sporty and stylish Sinn 910 Anniversary. Thickness is 15.5mm, using anti-reflective sapphire crystals front and rear protecting a nicely finished motion and a gorgeous hot tan dial with black applied markers and red accents.With no date along with 2 sub dials, dial symmetry is strong and the Sinn 910 Anniversary offers dual central seconds hands (for split second time) plus a 30-minute totalizator in the three. Using a highly modified ETA 7750 using a double column wheel rattrapante module from La Joux-Perret, the Sinn 910 Anniversary operates like a conventional chronograph, however you can stop and reset the divide measure through the pusher at 8 o’clock. This dual chronograph performance is excellent for timing that the outcomes of two simultaneous events, like the 1st and 2nd results of a sprint, or only for playing with as you pass the time. Furthermore, given their relative rarity and technical technology, a split second chrono is a cool way to pay tribute to Sinn’s anniversary.Despite its marginally more classic type, the Sinn 910 Anniversary is spared bit of Sinn’s focus to strong engineering and technical details. The Sinn 910 Anniversary is also low pressure immunity and its own crown and pushers use Sinn’s D3-System to get a more integrated design that provides enhanced protection against knocks and the ingress of moisture and dust. As per usual with Sinn, there’s no half-assery to be found in the plan and build of this Sinn 910 Anniversary.