Sinn is known for making dependable, well-built tool watches usually at an affordable price point. The latest watch in the 103 chronograph line, the Sinn 103 St Sa E is no exception. With a chronograph, bi-directional countdown bezel, day-date indicator, and crown-guards, this is a watch built to be a functional and trustworthy daily wearer in the group I’d call ‘vintage-inspired pilot chronographs.’ The 103 has been a staple of Sinn’s product lineup for years now – in one form or the other. This latest variant embraces its vintage roots with the use of faux-patina lume on the markers and hands.
The crown and pushers are both screw down and large enough to be simple to use and not overly fiddly. I don’t find it fitting in quite well with proper office wear but with jeans and a t-shirt or if you by chance get a non-desk diving occupation, the Sinn 103 should fit right in and not be overly conspicuous. The watch is available on a rubber or leather strap, or Sinn’s solidly built H-link bracelet. While I am personally a fan of Sinn’s fine link bracelet, I believe that the H-link variant is much better suited here given the larger case size.As a pilot’s watch, the dial on the Sinn 103 St Sa E is matte black with contrasting text and indices to maximize legibility. The hour markers are Arabic and painted on the dial using the faux-patina lume that is a touch to this particular variant. The syringe hands are also filled with the exact same lume and takes the vintage feel of the whole watch a notch up. The faux patina maintains the high contrast using the dial required for the legibility that pilot watches are famous for.The sub-dial at 12:00 suggests chronograph moments, the one at 6:00 the chronograph hours, and also the one at 9:00 is for continuous minutes. At 3:00, we’ve got the day-date index, which thankfully is black with white text on it. This keeps legibility while helping it blend nicely with all the dial. The date wheel in the watch we got our hands on was in German, which is very common for Sinn. But, I do think English date wheels can be found, especially if bought through their American distributor, WatchBuys.I think the use of faux-patina lume may be a bit too much for a few collectors — though I personally dig it. Should you have been in the camp that would prefer it without, worry not, for Sinn has other variations of this Sinn 103. Quibbling over lume colour apart, it is difficult to argue that this can be a nice tool watch indeed. The only two missing Sinn technologies are the tegimented steel and argon humidity indicator for the water-proofing system, but those would add further cost to production, not to mention that the tegimented steel’s darkish grey will not match this watch well.
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Collectors familiar with chronograph movements will recognize that the Sinn 103 is powered by the Valjoux 7750. The biggest giveaway is of course, the dial, which has the three-dial layout with sub-dials at 12:00, 6:00, and 9:00. Of all the modern chronograph movements still in production, I believe the Valjoux 7750 is the only one with this specific sub-dial layout. This is an appropriate movement for a tool watch as it is automatic, time-tested, reliable, and familiar to watchmakers and hence, easy to maintain and service. The Valjoux 7750 in the Sinn 103 is shock-resistant, has anti-magnetic shielding, and provides 42 hours of power reserve.
With case dimensions of 41mm wide and 17mm thick, there’s no escaping that the Sinn 103 is a chunky watch. Though, considering the use of a display caseback in a 200m water resistant case along with the domed sapphire crystal on the dial, it shouldn’t be too surprising. Still, this watch is considerably thicker than many mechanical chronographs and you’d find tucking it under a sleeve pretty tough. Moving on, the case is machined from stainless steel and is polished all over. I believe the bezel is made from steel as well and some collectors may find this disappointing as more advanced materials like ceramic would’ve provided better longevity.
The crown and pushers are both screw down and large enough to be easy to use and not too fiddly. Despite its large size, the Sinn wears comfortably on the wrist. I don’t see it fitting in quite well with formal office wear but with jeans and a t-shirt or if you happen to have a non-desk diving job, the Sinn 103 should fit right in and not be too conspicuous. The watch is available on a rubber or leather strap, or Sinn’s solidly built H-link bracelet. While I am personally a fan of Sinn’s fine link bracelet, I think the H-link version is better suited here given the larger case size.
As a pilot’s watch, the dial on the Sinn Watches 856 Utc Replica 103 St Sa E is matte black with contrasting text and indices to maximize legibility. The hour markers are Arabic and painted on the dial with the faux-patina lume that is a signature to this variant. The syringe hands are also filled with the same lume and takes the vintage feel of the entire watch up a notch. The faux patina maintains the high contrast with the dial required for the legibility that pilot watches are known for.
The sub-dial at 12:00 indicates chronograph minutes, the one at 6:00 the chronograph hours, and the one at 9:00 is for continuous seconds. At 3:00, we have the day-date indicator, which thankfully is black with white text on it. This preserves legibility while helping it blend in well with the dial. A white with black text version would look bad, to put it plainly. The date wheel in the watch we got our hands on was in German, which is quite common for Sinn. However, I do believe English date wheels are available, particularly if purchased through their American distributor, WatchBuys.
I think the use of faux-patina lume may be a bit too much for some collectors – though I personally dig it. If you do happen to be in the camp that would prefer it without, worry not, for Sinn Watches Frankfurt Airport Replica has other variants of the Sinn 103. Quibbling over lume color aside, it’s hard to argue that this is a fine tool watch indeed. The only two missing Sinn technologies are the tegimented steel and argon humidity indicator for the water-proofing system, but those would add further cost to production, not to mention the tegimented steel’s dark grey will not suit this watch well.
While we might all feel as we know Sinn and have a handle on their overall taste, Baselworld 2016 revealed that Sinn remains capable of astonishing and that their match 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 has been an impressive pivot from their more common watch stylings.We’ll depart the 6200 for the following post and center on the stylish and versatile Sinn 910 Anniversary. Designed for Sinn’s 55th Anniversary, this limited edition chronograph is equal parts form and function with a 41.5mm steel case housing a pillar wheel split next automatic chronograph movement. Thickness is 15.5mm, with anti-reflective sapphire crystals front and rear protecting a nicely finished motion and a beautiful warm tan dial with black employed markers and reddish accents.With no date and 2 sub dials, dial symmetry is strong and the Sinn 910 Anniversary offers dual central seconds hands (for split second time) and a 30-minute totalizator in the three. Employing a highly modified ETA 7750 using a double column wheel rattrapante module from La Joux-Perret, the Sinn 910 Anniversary functions like a conventional chronograph, but you may stop and reset the split step through the pusher at 8 o’clock. This double chronograph performance is excellent for time the outcomes of two simultaneous events, such as the 1st and 2nd outcomes of a sprint, or just for playing with since you pass the time. Furthermore, given their relative rarity and specialized engineering, a split second chrono is a cool way to pay tribute to Sinn’s anniversary.Despite its somewhat more classic form, the Sinn 910 Anniversary is spared little of Sinn’s focus to strong engineering and technical specifics. The Sinn 910 Salon can also be low pressure resistance and its own crown and pushers utilize Sinn’s D3-System to get a more integrated design that offers enhanced protection against knocks and the ingress of dust and moisture. As per normal with Sinn, there is no half-assery to be found in the plan and build of this Sinn 910 Anniversary.
To top it all off, The Sinn 103 St Sa E is manufactured in a limited run of 300 pieces, a number that I think really is exclusive unlike some of the 4-figure production runs we’ve seen this year. The Sinn 103 St Sa E ships on leather for $2,250 and on the H-link bracelet for $2,560. If you would prefer one of the Sinn 103s without the faux vintage lume, the non-limited versions start from $1,880 – a good value proposition for a German tool watch that’s built like a tank. sinn.de