Sinn’s collection of dive watches is diverse, original and technology lead. Most popular in the Sinn divers watch collection are the Sinn U1 (1000m), the Sinn U2 (2000m & dual time) and, our favourite, the Sinn UX range with HYDRO technology.
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Founded in 1961 Sinn is a company lead by innovation and design. Sinn produce watches that are instantly recognizable – similar to those of Bell & Ross – they have their own unique styling.
An Introduction to Sinn Divers Watches
We have to go back to 1961 when Helmut Sinn founds the company “Helmut Sinn Spezialuhren” in Frankfurt. The company’s focus at that time was the manufacture of navigation clocks and pilot chronographs. There are few companies in the horological arena with such an impressive history of innovation, exploration and certification. Lothar Schmidt, an engineer himself, bought Sinn in 1994 bringing with him a burning desire for technological development. Innovative features such as Sinn Hydro – filling the watch dial and hands void with an oil to prevent reflection when under the water …..
The Sinn 140 S in outer space
We all know that Omega Speedmaster watches have been worn in space, but they’re not the only brand with that claim. In 1985 the German physicist / astronaut Professor Dr. Reinhard Furrer wore a Sinn 140 S during the D-1 spacelab mission. In doing so he proves the watch’s self-winding mechanism works even in the weightless conditions of space.
Sinn U1 – cast from German Submarine Steel
One thing that really sets our teeth on edge at ChronoDivers is when an alleged “dive watch” has hands colour coordinated to the watch’s dial. White hands on a white face might look quirky in the office, but try and read them under water! The Sunn U1 range of divers’ watches have highly contrasting dials and hands. Most models feature a matt black dial and contrasting white hands and indexes. Many models have the optional extra of Sinn TEGIMENT (a patented stainless steel case hardened technology providing extremely effective protection from scratches)
A combination of images from Sinn’s media library. The final watch here is a FULL SET Sinn U1 discovered on eBay complete with box and papers. Notice the position of the U1’s crown at the 4 o’clock position – this prevents pressure on the back of the hand when bending the wrist. The first two watches are coated in black hard coating PVD – in conjunction with TEGIMENT anti-scratch treatment.
Certified by DNV GL
GNV DL tests and certifies Sinn diving watches – ensuring they are both water resistant and pressure resistant. Their testing criteria is so strict it qualifies for certification in accordance with the European Standards for Diving Equipment. The Sinn U1 is compliant with European diving device standards EN250 and EN14143
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Sinn UX S Combat Swimmer (EZM 2B)
An accolade that many dive watch manufacturers strive for is the adoption of their timepieces by the National Armed Forces. Germany’s Commando Frogman Force KSM (Kommando Spezialkräfte der Marine) are one such division endorsing Sinn divers watches. The Sinn Mission Timer UX S Combat Swimmer (EZM 2B) is worn by all KSM divers. An international tender was placed by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw) with strict guidelines to how the watch must perform. The Sinn UX was selected over the competitors watches – proof enough that this is a very competetent, professional underwater timepiece.
Development of HYDRO Technology
Visibility of a dive watch at depth is second only to water resistance. Sinn developed their own HYDRO Technology – introduced in the Sinn 403 HYDRO for the first time. This innovative design feature provides freedom from fogging and optimal readability at any angle.
Compliance to European Diving Equipment Standards
SINN manufacture diving watches in compliance with European diving equipment standards – they were the first company to do so. They were also the first to put their dive watches through third party testing to certify them for pressure resistance, water resistance and resistance to fogging.
Alternatives to Sinn diving watches
If the Sinn brand appeals then please also consider a diver’s watch from either Doxa, Oris, Tissot or Longines. Like Sinn, the range of Doxa dive watches in underappreciated and sometimes even overlooked. Most popular in their dive watch collection are the Doxa Sub 200, the glorious Doxa Sub 300T (with no-decompression bezel timer) and, our favourite, the reborn Doxa 600T built from marine grade stainless steel.
Next we’d recommend a trip over to the Oris Dive watch collection. The most popular models in their dive collection are the Oris Aquis (WR to 300m – 1000m) and the Oris Divers Sixty Five (WR to 100m). A collection of competent timepieces with a product for all users from outdoor beach life (Oris Sixty Five) to full on professional diver (Oris Aquis Depth Gauge).
If nothing their grabs your attention then wander over to the more traditional, yet equally desirable range of dive watches from Tissot and Longines. Tissot is a brand with a long and intimate relationship with the sea and in particular – divers watches.
Most popular are the Tissot Seastar 1000 and the deep diving Tissot Seastar 2000 with Powermatic 80 automatic movement. Longines is another company with a long relationship promoting outdoor life, sports and adventure. Like Rolex, Blancpain and Breitling – Longines entry in to Diver’s watches goes back to 1959! The new Longines Hydroconquest is their most desirable timepiece. A watch dedicated to men and women who demand high end performance from their timepiece without compromising on technical innovation and elegance.
Sinn Watches FAQ’s
Yes, Sinn is a well-respected brand in the dive watch industry and is known for producing high-quality and reliable timepieces that are suitable for diving. Sinn’s dive watches typically feature robust construction, excellent water resistance, and legible dials with luminous markings for visibility in low-light conditions. Additionally, many of Sinn’s dive watches are equipped with features such as helium escape valves, anti-magnetic shields, and shock resistance to ensure durability and accuracy during challenging underwater conditions. Overall, if you’re looking for a dive watch, Sinn is definitely a brand to consider.
The price of a Sinn U50 can vary depending on the specific model and where you are purchasing it from. The base model Sinn U50 with a black dial and rubber strap had a suggested retail price of around $2,330 USD or £2,000 GBP (as of Dec 2022). However, prices may vary based on factors such as the material of the case and bracelet, the type of movement, and any additional features such as a date display or a different dial color. It’s best to check with an authorized Sinn dealer or retailer for the most up-to-date pricing information.
Yes, Sinn watches are made in Germany. The company is based in Frankfurt am Main and all of its watches are designed, developed, and assembled in-house at its manufacturing facility in the city. Sinn prides itself on its “Made in Germany” production philosophy and places a strong emphasis on quality and precision in its watchmaking.
The brand uses high-quality materials and advanced manufacturing techniques to ensure that its watches meet strict standards for accuracy, durability, and reliability. As a result, Sinn watches are highly regarded by watch enthusiasts around the world for their craftsmanship and performance.
The Sinn U1 and U50 are both popular dive watches but there are some key differences between the two models.
Size: The U1 is a larger watch, with a 44mm case diameter and a thickness of 14.3mm, while the U50 has a smaller 41mm case diameter and a thickness of 11.2mm.
Water Resistance: The U1 has a higher water resistance rating of 1000m (3280ft), while the U50 is rated to 500m (1640ft). However, both watches are more than sufficient for recreational diving.
Design: While both watches share a similar design language and are built to the same high standards, the U50 has a slightly more modern look with a thinner bezel and a slimmer profile.
Movement: Both the U1 and U50 feature high-quality automatic movements with the same frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz), but the U50 is equipped with Sinn’s newer in-house SW 510 movement, which features a chronograph function.
Price: The U1 is typically less expensive than the U50, with a lower entry-level price point, while the U50 is a more premium offering with additional features and a higher price tag.
Further Reading & External Shopping Links
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