A watch is an accessory that can be worn for many purposes, but the most common purpose is to tell time. A stylish and precise watch makes an excellent addition to anyone’s outfit, both casual or formal. One of the watches that meet these criteria is a Sinn watch from Sinn USA Incorporated in Austin, Texas. Sinn watches are made in Germany and come equipped with a variety of features. The movements inside these watches are assembled at the Sinn factory by master watchmakers who have been certified by German Watchmaking School FH (which means they have passed rigorous examinations). In fact, the ISO-certified assembly department and clean room facility are among Europe’s elite in terms of precision and accuracy standards. Every part that goes into model creation is precision-checked using calibrated measuring instruments and lens meters to assure maximum accuracy.
Manufacturing watches of this caliber requires certified master watchmakers with the most advanced training in the industry, so Sinn has kept their manufacturing process in Germany to ensure high-quality standards. Each watch goes through a series of over 130 quality checks throughout the assembly process, ensuring that it runs precisely as intended. Besides making sure these watches are highly accurate, they also look great. The top-grain leather bands are soft and flexible and come with stainless steel clasps for added durability. Another distinctive feature found on Sinn timepieces is their unique display: an almost 3D appearance created via sapphire crystal glass (thicker than normal glass). This makes reading time very easy.
Sinn watches are water-resistant up to 200 meters and also include a special high-tech polycarbonate material with anti-reflective coating that makes it possible to see the dial in all light conditions. The watches come equipped with Sinn’s own type of anti-magnetic movement, ETA 2824. This is one of the most accurate movements on the market today. Besides accuracy, these timepieces have been designed for durability: each watch is fitted with Sinn’s own stainless steel quick-release pin buckle clasp and a scratchproof sapphire crystal face and case back (the back portion of the watch). Another interesting feature of these timepieces is their individual serial numbers which are laser etched onto the back of each watch. This feature makes these watches limited and unique to each owner, yet another reason why they are so desirable.
These exceptional timepieces can be purchased from Sinn USA Incorporated, Austin; The Time Factory in Plano; or online at Watchshop.com. Innovative Sinn designs present the brand new Type A Aviator GMT model for 2014: an absolutely unique product on the market that allows the user to display a second-time zone in a third crown position (4 o’clock), as well as independently adjust both local and home time displays via two additional pushers positioned at 8 o’clock and 10 o’clock respectively. This particular watch is perfect for frequent travelers, business leaders who have to manage multiple time zones, and anyone who appreciates a fresh take on traditional watch design.
The Sinn Type A GMT comes in a black PVD or polished steel case measuring 42mm in diameter and features an automatic winding Valjoux 7750 movement. Its crowns are particularly ergonomic, allowing you to adjust the two separate time zones with both hands simultaneously. For example: if you are based in New York (EST) but traveling to Paris (CET), it will be possible to change from EST to CET time almost instantaneously by using one hand to rotate the crown at 3 o’clock while employing the second crown at 4 o’clock immediately thereafter. It comes on a high-quality calfskin leather strap with Sinn’s proprietary ratcheting buckle.
For the first time in history, Sinn is presenting a new version of its legendary Pilot’s Watch Type A, a watch that has been 81 years and counting. This new model comes with an important development: for the first time in the world, there will be no date display on this particular piece (only day/night indication). This new watch reviewed here is one of only four examples worldwide. It features Sinn’s own movement, which can be completed manually wound via the crown at 6 o’clock. The movement keeps precise time thanks to Sinn’s special winding rotor design and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, which include plasma coating, CNC-machining, and case hardening.
This particular watch is housed in Sinn’s stainless steel case measuring 44mm x 15.4mm and comes equipped with a special type of hardened polycarbonate crystal glass that is scratchproof. A black dial face features white painted markings for hours/minutes, and hands are covered with luminescent material at night to enable easy reading. The watch also comes fitted with the same high-quality calfskin leather strap found on the previous version of the Type A Pilot Watch (black or gray). This timepiece can be purchased from Helgray Asia, which serves as an official distributor of Sinn watches in the region; see www.helgrayasia.com.
To create this special edition, Sinn had to completely remodel its own standard Type-A Pilot watch. The result is a completely new design that effectively combines the brand’s best features to create an authentic Sinn.
This particular model comes with three separate crowns, one at 3 o’clock for time adjustment and two at 8 o’clock and 10 o’clock, respectively, for local and home time adjustments. No date display means this watch is truly focused on function rather than style. All hands are covered with luminescent material, so you can still read it at night even without illumination from an external source (e.g., light bulbs). This also eliminates the need to wear a battery-operated clock around the neck; as long as your wrist remains visible, you will never have any trouble telling what time it is.
This particular model comes in Sinn’s trademark black PVD-coated steel body with a high-quality blue dial face featuring white painted hour/minute markings and hands covered with luminescent material. Its curved sapphire glass is coated on its lower half to increase scratch resistance, while sapphire crystal glass covers the top half of the watch. This design allows maximum visibility at all times, even from the side, thanks to an anti-reflective coating that only allows light through along its central axis. The strap is made of genuine calfskin leather and has a unique ratcheting buckle by Sinn that makes it possible to get a perfect fit every time without wearing out over time or losing any parts; $16,000 HKD (~$2,200 USD).
Innovation has been the cornerstone of Sinn Watches since its inception. It is what inspired founder Uwe Sinn in May 1986 to create a wristwatch that would fulfill all his criteria for performance and resiliency under real-world conditions. Today, Sinn watches are the ultimate timepieces for professional use and remain the standard by which other pilot’s watches are measured.