Sinn began out in 1961 producing cockpit instrumentation and pilot’s chronographs, and right this moment the main target stays on pilot’s watches, even a long time later. There’s at all times been a eager concentrate on producing function-forward chronographs because the ’60s, however maybe the perfect worth within the vary exists within the time-only phase.
The Sinn 556 is the German producer’s bare-bones pilot’s watch mannequin. It is essentially the most inexpensive in all of Sinn’s lineup, coming in at $1,530 on a bracelet. And for that cash it is extra about what you aren’t getting – there are not any bells and whistles right here; its attraction lies in its absolute simplicity. The “base” mannequin 556 is available in two dial executions: The 556i has baton markers and a dial devoid of any numerals, whereas the 556a has stylized Arabic numerals at three, six, 12, and 9.
For many, the 556i is essentially the most interesting of the 2, and I feel that has one thing to do with the distinctive place it occupies inside Sinn’s personal lineup and amongst sport watches at giant. Most followers of Sinn are drawn to the army heritage, brushed surfaces, and git ‘er completed perspective of Sinn’s wares. There’s additionally a whole phase of the market that is Sinn-curious, however would not significantly know or care in regards to the model’s historical past; they like one thing well-made and useful however informal in look. The 556i attracts followers from each swimming pools. The watch has a means of concealing its toolish pilot’s watch roots and as an alternative seems elegant.
It is the straddling of two design worlds that lets the mannequin go in both course. Pony up just a little additional cash than the $1,530 base value and you’ll lean into the sporty and colourful vary of not too long ago launched 556 restricted editions in shiny colours. Or should you’re of the assumption that Sinn’s watches are greatest utilized by exhausting males in exhausting locations, the 556i RS, with its satinized metal case and crimson seconds hand, matches the invoice.
Ethos and beliefs apart, the watch simply wears brilliantly. The case measures 38.5mm × 11mm and that is nearly good for anybody who likes it when watches simply form of disappear on the wrist as a result of they match so completely. On my 7.5-inch wrist, that is definitely the case. The watch additionally takes effectively to simply about any sort of strap you’ll be able to consider, and the 20mm lug width means you could have choices. The equipped bracelet is usually Sinn, with the corporate’s fashionable riff on the H-link design. Once more, there’s a component of toolish aesthetics and magnificence at work right here.
With a view to make the watch inexpensive, the 556 makes use of the tried-and-true Sellita SW200-1. Sinn’s software watches – even their fashions with uncommon however helpful problems – usually use fashionable actions which are straightforward to service and straightforward to exchange. That is what makes the 556 such a fantastic alternative; there isn’t any questioning if Sinn has labored out all of the bugs in its in-house motion, and regardless of the place you’re on this planet you’ll be able to take your watch right into a watch store and have it labored on, you need not ship it again to Sinn. The SW200-1 simply will get the job completed, and it does so reliably.
There’s, sadly, a show again affixed to the 556. It is a private desire, however until there’s one thing value writing residence about, I need not see it. If we’re highlighting the shortcomings of the watch, then the date window is definitely one thing that might use just a little assist, and by assist, I imply elimination. Sinn is a grasp on the subject of spin-off fashions with small modifications, so it is about time an iteration of the 556i misplaced the date window.
The 556i is solely probably the most legible designs on the market. Solely two shapes create the dial design – a thick, lengthy rectangle for hour markers, and a brief, skinny rectangle for the minute observe. There is not any distinction between the markers at 12, six, three, and 9 (other than a shortened marker at three for the date) and the remainder of the indices. However this does not have an effect on legibility in a adverse means and it proves that we do not want a visible indicator to assist us orient our eyes based mostly on a unique marker at 12 o’clock. Once more, absolute simplicity is what makes this watch a success.
I keep in mind when a 556 could possibly be had, much less a bracelet, for below $1,000 brand-new. These days are lengthy gone, and sadly they don’t seem to be coming again. At $1,530 there’s nonetheless loads of worth right here, as a result of just like the 556, every little thing else has gone up, as effectively. The comparisons are all the identical, and the costs are all barely larger. Sinn remains to be a small-time producer within the grand scheme of issues; they cannot depend on large economies of scale to drastically scale back prices. So the 556 nonetheless stands proper on the entrance to the world of hardcore software watches that have not gone tender.
The ethos of the 556 hasn’t modified in any case these years, and that is as a result of the recipe is so easy: A minimalist dial design, a dependable motion, German attraction, and a value that does not evoke anger or resentment. If this is not the best-value all-around gateway software watch, then Ich weiß es nicht.