We’ve canvassed Sinn a lot previously, so the majority of our perusers definitely know the song and dance with regards to this German top pick. In any case, outside of their line of tough over-designed mechanical marvels, Sinn is additionally known for delivering some incredible low-tech passage level watches like the 556, the new 104, and the ceased 656. Most who handle these watches would concur that their degree of finish puts different brands offering comparably estimated watches to shame.
However, none of these measure up to my number one watch in their more reasonable line-up, the Sinn 356 PILOT chronograph. From various perspectives, the 356 is all that one could expect in a military-motivated device watch, which shouldn’t come as a stun since the plan is suggestive of a pilot chronograph top pick, the IWC 3706. There are various variations in the 356 line: the 356 Sa with sapphire precious stone, the 356 PILOT UTC with, you got it, an UTC complication, the 356 Sa GR with power save pointer, and the 356 Sa PILOT II with a copper dial.
There is likewise the 358 arrangement, highlighting a bigger 42mm case for those with heartier wrists. In any case, I’m a conservative with regards to the 356, and I accept that the essential model is wonderful in both structure and capacity. Sinn clearly concurs, or, in all likelihood they wouldn’t have made the 356 a staple in their assortment after at first delivering the Sinn 356 SPEZIALEDITION as a Japanese restricted version in 1996. So let’s get to the low down, will well?
*Note: The 356 included in these photos is my own and is my most worn watch. Accordingly, it has various dings and scratches.
Sinn 356 Review
Case Stainless Steel Movement Valjoux 7750/Sellita SW500 Dial Black Lume Yes Lens Domed Acrylic Strap Leather/Bracelet Water Resistance 10 atm Dimensions 38.5 x 46mm Thickness 14mm Lug Width 20mm Crown Screw down Warranty 2 years Price $1670
The SUG-put forth defense of the 356 is 38.5mm in distance across (barring the screw-down crown and crown monitors) with a drag to-haul tallness of 46mm, putting it on the somewhat more modest finish of the range. These measurements, in any case, are somewhat beguiling in light of the fact that the case is remarkably thick with a width of around 14mm. A ton of that comes from the excellent domed acrylic precious stone, which gives the watch some additional wrist presence while as yet keeping it open for those of us with more modest wrists.
Despite its thickness, the 356 is completely adjusted. Dissimilar to the Sinn 756, which can appear as though a fish can with its solid barrel shaped case, the 356 has a considerably more adjusted profile that double-crosses its measurements. The tall acrylic precious stone flies no longer associated with this issue, which is outwardly separated by the bezel, the restricted mid-case, and the adjusted case back. The general impact is very satisfying and makes the watch simple to wear on either the arm band or on a calfskin tie (I locate that thicker/chunkier-looking cases tend to look uneven on cowhide ties). The case back is unmistakable and forthright, including the brand logo, model and chronic number, hostile to attractive determination, and water obstruction (10atm). The faultless dot impacted completion ties these components together and is the ideal complement to the device watch stylish of the watch.
The just change I would present to the defense is have it tegimented, the interaction that solidifies the outside of the case. However, being that this is a section level model into the universe of Sinn chronographs, I’m willing to look past that highlight for the more amicable price.
Dial, Hands, Lume, and Crystal
At first look the 356 dial looks jumbled, particularly when one thinks about how much data is full into a moderately limited quantity of land. After looking into it further, notwithstanding, it becomes obvious that the 356 is quite decipherable for a chronograph of generally minor size. For general timekeeping, a meager tick denotes each moment at the external edge of the dial, while a thick, bolded square shape denotes each 5-minute augmentation and hour. Arabic numerals can be found over the 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11 spots, with the 12, 3, 6, and 9 markers destroyed by the sub dials and the day/date window.
The dial design follows the customary Valjoux 7750 chronograph arrangement, with the little seconds at 9, the moment counter at 12, the hour counter at 6, and the day/date at 3. The little seconds sub dial utilizes little ticks to check each second, bigger ticks to stamp each 5-second augmentation, and Arabic numerals like clockwork. Similarly, the moment counter uses ticks to check each moment, with a bolded tick at each 5-minute augmentation and Arabic numerals at each 10-minute addition. The hour counter is separated into hours and half-hours, with ticks at each half-hour and numerals and spots denoting each hour. Each of the three sub dials are marginally recessed, and give the generally level printed dial some depth.
The brand logo “Sinn” can be found over the lined day/date window, while the model name “FLIEGER” can be discovered right under it. The date wheel is white content on dark foundation, a detail I profoundly appreciate as it coordinates the matte dark dial and doesn’t disturb the firm and powerful plan stream of the 356.
The hands on the 356 are additionally very fascinating. The moment and hour hands are almost indistinguishable in plan aside from their lengths. Two hands include rectangular bases with dainty rod like tips that stretch out to either the numerals addressing the (hour hand) or the ticks addressing the minutes (minute hand). The huge chrono hand includes a spade-like tip, while the two more modest chrono hands highlight adapted bolt focuses. The little seconds hand is a straightforward cudgel hand.
Lume can be found on the Arabic numerals, the hour and moment hands, and the tip of the huge chrono hand. The intelligibility is very solid, and however it’s no Seiko, the 356 sparkles green into the evening. As I am extremely critical about lume, it disturbs me a tore into me that the lume on the hands seems to have a greener tint than the lume on the numerals. Generally, I would have favored the utilization of BGW9 on the 356, as I might suspect the unmistakable white you get from BGW9 is an ideal complement to the matte dark dial.
Now let me get to the contentious part: the domed acrylic precious stone. I see all the upsides of sapphire over acrylic. Hell, in many occasions, I’d be there as soon as humanly possible with you complaining about a company compromising and utilizing plastic over sapphire. However, on account of the 356, the decision is a distinct reasonable and tasteful success. I bought my watch second hand and it came to me canvassed in scratches. Several minutes with a cotton cloth and a touch of Polywatch, the precious stone looked as great as new.
Since at that point, I’ve smacked the gem against entryways, casings, handrails, and work areas. Outside of a periodic scratch, which I can undoubtedly buff out, I’ve had no significant issues. In the event that it had been sapphire, quite possibly I might have broken the precious stone, an unmistakable off limits if you will probably make a military-enlivened instrument watch. Stylishly talking, there is something in particular about the manner in which a domed acrylic precious stone catches the light and mutilates the dial that can’t be accomplished with sapphire. There is a non-abrasiveness to it that truly makes the dial champion, and it’s certainly one of most pleasant visual highlights of the 356.
As I’ve previously referenced, the 356 is generally controlled by the consistently dependable Valjoux 7750. A ton has been said about this universal development that I don’t want to rehash myself here. It is, notwithstanding, critical to take note of that Sinn’s most recent bunch of chronographs appear to be furnished with the Sellita SW500 type, a drop in trade for 7750. This is unquestionably a consequence of the new ETA press on outsider producers by the Swatch Group. It would be your smartest option to contact your approved vendor to discover what type is ticking away inside any possible buy. By the by, I’ve heard beneficial things about the SW500 and am sure that Sinn makes whatever strides important to guarantee they’re putting out a strong item. On the off chance that anybody has any drawn out involvement in the SW500, kindly ring in underneath in our comments area. We’d love to hear your thoughts.
The 356 is sold on either calfskin lash ($1,710) or H-interface arm band ($1,930). I picked the H-connect arm band, and would ask anybody considering the 356 to do likewise. Sinn’s H-connect arm bands are known for being both comfortable and very much made, and the 356 looks extraordinary on the wristband. Outwardly, the arm band adds some weight to the watch, and its weight gives a decent equilibrium to weight of the case. The catch, which is marked, is of the fairly standard flip-lock assortment, yet it does the work and has a sense of safety. Also, indeed, there is a possibility for miniature change. On the off chance that you’re not an enthusiast of the wristband, the 356 looks incredible on an assortment of lashes, from NATO ties to bolted pilot straps.
The Sinn 356 is a great decision for anybody hoping to enter the universe of Sinn. It’s rough, alluring, and incredibly very much made, and its adaptability makes it the ideal go-to watch. Of every one of my pieces, it gets the most wrist time and the most consideration. With costs consistently ascending in the watch world (Sinn’s costs included), the 356 remaining parts a moderate choice for those inspired by an excellent German-made chronograph, particularly if you’re ready to discover one second hand. And keeping in mind that there are more reasonable choices out there, few have the character of the 356.
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