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A Sinn To Be Seen

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The inspiration from today’s post came directly from the HourTime podcast (Episode 80, to be precise).  In it, John and Ariel talk about Sinn watches (pronounced Zinn, apparently), which I’ve never looked that closely at before.  So, to correct that oversight, I went poking around their website, and settled in on their 358 model.

What struck me about this watch is that, though it has three sub-dials, it doesn’t strike me as busy, or difficult to read the time off of.  Another appeal, for me, is that this model has some legacy to it.  While it is, in and of itself, new, it’s based off of Sinn’s classic 356 model (which is also a looker, I might add).

With this watch, you’re getting a lot wrapped into this subtly-styled package, including:

  • A 42mm bead-blasted stainless steel case
  • Valjoux 7750 automatic mechanical movement
  • WR to 100m
  • Time, subseconds, day & date and chronograph functions

There are two other features that I’m not sure I’ve seen on any other watch.  The first is low-pressure resistance.  When it comes to resistances on watches, we generally think of water resistance, and how much pressure it can withstand.  Well, with this low-pressure resistance, Sinn is stating that the watch can go up into higher altitudes, and the crystal will not pop out of the watch.

The second feature I want to highlight is their Ar-Dehumidfying technology. In short, it helps to keep the mechanical bits from aging, and the domed sapphire crystal from fogging.  This is comprised of a drying capsule, some special seals, and a gas-filled watch.  The drying capsule itself is visible on one of the lugs, and darkens in color as it absorbs water.

While neither of these functions is something that are a must-have for a watch, they certainly are adding some very interesting features to an already remarkable watch.  I think this watch is great for this tech, and for it’s classic and understated styling.  Of course, this sort of complete package isn’t cheap – from what I can find online, it looks like this is going to run you around $2700 – $4000, depending on the options you choose.

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