After numerous brands it seems Sinn has also jumped on the “faux-patina”, retro-game of releasing contemporary pieces conceived to look like they’re vintage watches. Introducing the “Sinn 103 St Sa E” chronograph.
This “Sinn 103” has already established itself as a classic within the brands collection. And for those who hadn’t gotten their hands on one before, these ivory-colored faux-patina looking elements are a great way to seem like they did. Many collectors may even want to add this new crisp version to their arsenal, even if they already owned a previous model. Although to each his own taste, but you can’t blame Sinn for providing its customers with contemporary options.
An all-around highly reliable aviation timepiece any pilot would be proud to wear. Sinn had that in mind when they decided to go with the ever reliable ETA/Valjoux 7750 caliber movement. One of the most successful automatic chronograph movements ever produced. It can be found in the casings of many high-end watch brands, from Sinn to IWC, Tudor, Panerai, Hublot or TAG Heuer. In the horology industry it has reached the point of being seen as a “common” movement, a generic caliber, which should be interpreted as a badge of honor.
The 41mm case is made of polished finish stainless-steel with a transparent case back that allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Mounted to the case is a pilot’s 60-minute bezel with minute ratcheting, via minute index markers and Arabic numerals for every five minute increment. Equipped with two screwable pushers to the right-side of the case that operate the chronograph, plus a screw-down setting crown in between them.
It is covered by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this timepiece being able to reach up to 200 meters (656 feet). Also this Sinn watch has a reinforced “low pressure resistant” capability, which means if the difference between the pressure inside and outside the watch acts as a force pushing from the inside out. The special design feature incorporated to this timepiece will ensure that the glass cannot escape from its press fit.
Time is exhibited on a black dial with faux-patina colored Arabic numerals. There are three sub-dials: a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position, a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position and a 12-hour counter at the 12 o’clock position. The “syringe” styled central hands, the tipped chronograph and the Arabic numerals have all undergone an ivory-colored coating with a faux-patina look, plus it’s a luminescent coating for an enhanced legibility.
Sinn 103 St Sa E
This “Sinn 103 St Sa E” (Ref#: 103.0621) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber Valjoux 7750 with 25 jewels and 28,800 vph. The same movement found inside many luxury watch brands, as aforementioned in this article.
Mounted to the watch is a brown calfskin leather strap with exposed stitching, secured by a stainless-steel buckle. It’s also available on a rubber strap, or two distinct types of stainless-steel bracelets.
Plus for some extra cash this watch can come equipped with the “Sinn Ar-Dehumidifying Technology”, providing an enhanced capability to keep from fogging up. This is a limited edition watch with only 300 manufactured pieces. For further up to date information you can visit the official Sinn website here.
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