Sinn watches present a special trio into their 356 line up of pilot chronographs to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 356 model. Originally made as a special one time limited edition of 300 pieces for the Japanese market in 1996 as a dressier version of the 256 model. The popularity of this limited edition prompted the release of the 356 Flieger in 1998 with acrylic crystal and a hand wound 7760 movement inside. Fast track to this year, Sinn made some updates to the watches both on the dials and the movement inside. All three watches come with very appealing dials that will grab your attention. For those who are interested in bi-compaxBi-Compax A bi-compax watch is a type of chronograph watch that has two sub-dials ('twin register') [Learn More] chronographs with no date display, your wish has been granted!
356 Pilot Anniversary
To kick off the trio, we start with the limited edition 356 pilot anniversary model. The dial is an anthracite electroplated dial with a dark grey look to it and 2 contrasting silver matte counters for the small seconds hand on left and 30 minute chronographChronograph A chronograph complication is a feature in a watch that allows the wearer to measure elapsed time in addition to telling the time. It works by having a separate set of gears and levers, called the chronograph mechanism, which is activated by pressing a button or a pusher. The chronograph mechanism starts and stops the chronograph's second hand, which is usually located on the watch's dial, separate from the regular watch hands. The elapsed time is usually displayed on a sub-dial or a register on the watch's dial. [Learn More] on the right side. From the pictures provided by Sinn, the contrast from the colors creates a reverse Panda dial, even though the dial itself is not white. For this limited edition, the Sinn logo is applied at the 12 o’clock position that matches in color with the numbers on the dial. Above the 6 o’clock position are the letters “Flieger Klassik” as a tribute to the edition.
The watch is cased in a 38.5mm satinized case and 15mm in height with sapphire crystal on both sides. On the dial side, the domed crystal has anti-reflective treatment on both sides, and on the caseback, the crystal has anti-reflective treatment on the interior. The watch also has a water resistance of 10 Bar, so you can definitely take this for sport activities!
Beating inside is the workhorse movement SW510, which is the Selitta adaptation of ETA 7750 but modified to be no date and therefore no phantom crownCrown The knob on the outside of the watch that you typically use to either wind the mainspring or set the time [Learn More] position. According to Sinn, the movement has also been updated with a longer power reserveRéserve de marche Also known as Power Reserve. A watch's power reserve refers to the amount of time a mechanical watch can run without being wound. The power reserve of a mechanical watch can vary depending on the size of the mainspring, the efficiency of the gear train, and the rate at which the mainspring releases energy. If a watch has a Power Reserve 'complication' it simply means that the status of the power reserve can be seen on the watch itself (either on the dial or movement side of the watch). [Learn More] to 56 hours as well.
356 Pilot Classic W & AS E
Both of these are regular production models. The 356 Classic W comes with a white dial and contrasting black sub counters, or “panda dial” with black numbers and black painted edges on the hands. The 356 AS E has an interesting gradient anthracite to black dial and black sub counters and vintage lumed hands and numbers. Similar to the limited edition model, the text “Flieger Klassik” is printed above 6 o’clock on the dial, with the text in black in the 356 W model and in vintage lume color for the 356 AS E model.
Both watches come with standard acrylic domed crystal that pays tribute to the original 356 model with the option to switch to a sapphire crystal. The caseback is covered with solid stainless steel for these two. Beating inside is also the SW510 movement with improved power reserve to 56 hours. Similar to the limited edition, the case is also satinized steel at 38.5mm diameter but with a slightly taller 15.6mm height. Both come with 10 bars of pressure resistance, so they are definitely “go anywhere do anything ready”.
All three models are available at authorized retailers with the 356 Anniversary model limited to 500 pieces only while the 356 Pilot Classic W and AS E are normal production models.
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