The Sinn 103 is a work of art. Also, this exemplary just became better with the limited edition 103 Sa B E version that was introduced at Baselworld a month ago. It didn’t take long for me to consider adding this watch to my personal collection and that does not happen often.

I often feel like a child in a treats story at Basel during the yearly reasonable, but as you probably are aware there’s just such a lot of that one’s wallet permits. In spite of the fact that I loved looking at the latest Patek Philippe Nautilus or Rolex GMT-Master II in Everrose gold, there are definitely limits on what I am able to purchase. This is the reason I likewise love to take a gander at watches that are more realistically priced for us common humans. Furthermore, that’s even relative of course, as €2590 (that’s the retail price for this new Sinn 103 Sa B E on leather) is already a great deal of money for many.

I’ve already given it away, but this limited edition Sinn 103 Sa B E made a huge impression on me, and the rest of the Fratelli. Our photographer Berti additionally couldn’t really hide his enthusiasm during the item meeting with Sinn and I noticed that in his considerations he was busy tallying his coins.

Sinn 103 Sa B E

But what makes this Sinn 103 Sa B E or blue Sinn 103 so special? For what reason is it so different from the exemplary black Sinn 103, which I’ve never considered buying? I generally thought I was immune for new watches where tone is the lone change, but the Sinn 103 Sa B E proved me wrong.

The Sinn 103 Sa B E is powered by an ETA/Valjoux 7750 movement and that is, for example, one of the reasons why I’ve never considered a Sinn 103 for my own collection. Don’t get me off-base, the 7750 is a nice and strong movement, probably even better than the since a long time ago discontinued opponent Lemania 5100 movement, especially when it concerns reliability, but I super dislike the well known 7750-wobble. The 7750 breezes in just a single direction, meaning the rotor has one direction in which it rotates ‘freely’. This goes with such a speed, that the movement begins to wobble. Some people love this sensation and makes them feel like they are wearing something mechanical. To me it simply feels off-base as though the development just isn’t properly engineered. But that is exactly the thing it is, a feeling. So it is completely subjective and perhaps a bit of an emotionally driven thing, but that’s the fundamental reason why the Sinn 103 never made it to my collection. The solitary 7750 I own is a Seamaster Professional Chronograph from the 1990s and that’s for one reason and that will be that my late friend Chuck Maddox considered this to be his favorite modern wristwatch. So I have a 7750 powered watch, but simply because the reason of ownership was and is more significant than my allergy to this Valjoux movement.

Faux-Patina

That said, the Sinn 103 Sa B E made me forget about this. The blue bezel, but especially the blue sun burst dial, or ‘Sonnenschliff’ as my neighbors in the east call this effect, is simply awesome. In addition to the fact that Sinn used some tone for the dial and bezel, they likewise added some artificial patina to the hour markers and hands.  Oh, and for the triangle on the blue bezel. Presently I realize that some of you are very much against false patina, or creating the hallucination that something is vintage while it really isn’t, but from an esthetics viewpoint I have to say that it does look great. Fortunately, for those who are against, there’s quite the line-up of Sinn 103 models that have Prodent white hour markers and hands.

Furthermore we read the day and date on the dial, in German of course (Dienstag (Tuesday) 24 as demonstrated below), there’s ‘Automatik’ on the dial which needs no further explanation and the way that this watch is made in Germany – in Frankfurt am Main, where Sinn just opened their new HQ (or ‘Stammsitz’ as they call it). The blue anodized bezel rotates in both directions and the triangle will lume in low-light conditions. Two significant (TESTAF) guidelines for a pilot’s bezel are that it very well may be operated wearing gloves and that it rotates in both directions and has at any rate one luminescent marker. Check.

Sinn 103 Sa B E Features

Sinn develops and produces principally toolwatches, or possibly where structure follows work. That’s very German, and that’s what I especially like about Sinn. The Sinn 103 is the same. It’s a straightforward chronograph that would already be able to be purchased at €1550. By selecting specific alternatives (or features), you can end-up at practically double this price, but that is entirely up to you. The most basic model comes on a leather lash and has a plexi precious stone and a strong caseback. This limited edition, of 500 pieces, the Sinn 103 Sa B E reference, retails for €2590 for the version on a leather tie. Sapphire precious stones on both sides of the watch are included (this already adds €600 to the basic price of the regular Sinn 103).

The primary specifications or features of the Sinn 103 Sa B E are equal to the basic Sinn 103. It has a diameter of 41mm, a thickness of approximately 16mm, carry width of 20mm, same completion looking into the issue (and discretionary bracelet), 200 meters of water resistance just as the 7750 movement. Honestly, if you’re into specs just, the standard 103 may give you the best price/quality proportion. This special version, however, adds the beautiful blue bezel and dial to the game of course, just as ivory-colored hour markers, bezel triangle and brilliant material in the three central hands of the watch. Furthermore, this watch will be just produced in a limited amount. As you can see on one of the images above, it is limited to 500 pieces as it were. This is marked with ‘Eine von 500’ on the weight mass of the 7750 movement. There’s no unique number, which I kinda prefer frankly. But there’s something to say about doing a limited edition numbering this path also. There’s no hassle with number reservation and individual engraving, despite the fact that I am pretty sure that this can be automated these days. There’s just a single real downside: you can’t be sure whether a brand really produced 500 pieces. Perhaps it is more, perhaps it is less. With Sinn, I am pretty confident that 500 = 500, but I’ve likewise seen brands in the past that made me doubt in the event that they ever got to the complete creation number. Regardless, this ‘One of XXX’ instead of a unique number certainly would not be a dealbreaker to me.

If you prefer to have a stainless steel bracelet on the Sinn 103 Sa B E, add €170. When we had our meeting with Sinn in Basel, they referred to it as the ‘massiv band’ which translates into the ‘solid bracelet’. I wondered why they did as such, but didn’t ask (you just have such a lot of time). I later on asked Gerard, who was a Sinn agent in his former life of (authorized) watch dealer and he explained to me that in the (far) past, Sinn had two types of stainless steel bracelet. Folded ones and strong ones. The folded ones didn’t survive eventually, as requirements and demand for quality increased, but the strong bracelets stayed of course. Also, somehow Sinn actually refers to their stainless steel bracelet as ‘massiv band’ themselves, even on their website it is displayed like this. I locate this sort of internal referencing that verifiably grew along these lines, and as yet being used, very enchanting frankly. At any rate, you can likewise order this Sinn 103 Sa B E on a silicon tie, by adding €165 to the price. You can choose from a variety of blue silicon ties with two different fastens (long and short). The website likewise offers the choice of black silicon lashes, being cheaper. Concerning the stainless steel ‘solid’ bracelet, the website additionally offers the finer linked bracelet that shows some comparability to Breitling’s common Navitimer bracelet. I probably would settle for the regular stainless steel bracelet and order an extra leather lash. Somehow the blue silicon tie is more for divers watches.

Some Thoughts On The Sinn 103 Sa B E

As you can read I am pretty enthusiastic about Sinn and about this new blue 103 edition. I see and have seen a great deal of watches, but Sinn consistently amazes me with the quality they offer for the money. I must translate the real life experience of taking care of this watch – and along these lines be able to judge its build quality and finish for example – into words for an article like this. The Sinn 103 Sa B E is priced somewhere between €2590 and €2760, depending on the type of bracelet or tie you choose. Compared to other brands who offer watches in this price category too, I feel that Sinn offers very great value. Furthermore, I see some brands that produce comparative styled watches and are supposedly in the same league, have retail prices above Sinn and offer less quality. I’m not making friends here perhaps, but what the hell, I am being honest; Tutima and Fortis have watches in the same style but basically can’t top this Frankfurt brand when it comes to build quality and finish while sometimes they even charge more. How the watch case is finished, how the bezel capacities (with little to no play), how operating the pushers and crown feel, the nature of the lash and bracelet, etc, after taking care of a wide range of watches: there are a ton of differences to experience between brands. Last year’s Eterna Kon-Tiki that I bought, same thing. In the event that I had realized that the Sinn 103 was coming out in this stunning blue dial version, I would have kept my money. You win some, you lose some. The other watch brands mentioned aren’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, but Sinn is the winner for me.

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