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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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Written by Mauro Az