Germany will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of German reunification on the 3rd October 2020, an event that Sinn watches would like to acknowledge with the U1 DE special edition. Why not we say, although a concert featuring `The Hoff’ plus the remaining members of Kraftwerk would be equally uplifting. And kinda fusion too…
Here’s the word from Sinn;
The reunification has another significance beyond this historical date for us as a German watchmaker.
For us it’s synonymous with the story of two companies which continue to actively embrace the merging of East and West to this day: qualified engineer Lothar Schmidt, owner of Sinn Spezialuhren GmbH, and Doctor of Engineering Ronald Boldt, co-owner and Managing Director of Sächsische Uhrentechnologie GmbH Glashütte (SUG), have continued to develop the partnership established in 1999 between Sinn Spezialuhren and SUG.
Lothar Schmidt has held 74% of all SUG shares since the disastrous flood of 2002. Working with Ronald Boldt, he has created an upmarket case manufacturing company, which is now successfully managed primarily by son Daniel Boldt.
The watch is limited to just 300 pieces, here’s the tech specs;
- Limited to 300 pieces
- Special edition in Germany’s national colours with a high-gloss, gold-plated second hand
- Case and crown made of high-strength seawater-resistant German Submarine Steel
- Black Hard Coating on a TEGIMENT Technology basis
- Tested based on European diving equipment standards and certified by DNV GL
- Pressure-resistant up to 1,000 m diving depth (= 100 bar), certified by DNV GL
- Captive diver’s bezel with minute ratcheting
- Crown at 4 o’clock to prevent pressure on the back of the hand
- Sapphire crystal glass
- Low pressure resistant
- SW 200-1 Sellita movement
- Self-winding mechanism
- 26 bearing jewels
- 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour
- Seconds stop function
- Anti-magnetic as per DIN 8309
- Case made of German Submarine Steel, black
- Sapphire crystal glass in front, anti-reflective on both sides
- Case back screw-fastened – it’s a 44mm case size by the way
- Crown screwable
- Meet the technical requirements for waterproofness, as set out in standard DIN 8310
Verdict: At over 2300 euros this is a pricey watch for something with an SW200 movement inside. Fancy one with a steel bracelet rather than a leather strap? That costs 2740 euros, with a 50 euros delivery charge on top for the UK. Yes, this watch has a depth rating of 1000m, which is impressive. But if you don’t plan to dive very often, or venture too deep, there are plenty of alternative, black dial dive watches around with 300m ratings at under a grand.