The venerable Sinn 142 with Lemania 5100 movement was one of the classics in the Sinn model range and many Sinn fans were disappointed when Lemania terminated production of the 5100, forcing Sinn to halt production of this model.
Sinn must have felt likewise, because in 2006 they introduced the Sinn 142 St II, with Dubois-Depraz 2070 movement based on the ETA 2892.
But after some initial attention and hoopla this watch is not much talked about anymore.
It survived the last two price hikes without increment, exists in one version (with either integrated metal bracelet or leather strap) only, and - like the legendary Ford Model T - comes with virtually no options. This all seems to indicate that the 142 ST II may not be the fastest moving Sinn model.
Like its predecessor, the 142 St II kept the central chronograph minute hand and - with the exception of the date - is remarkably easy to read. Esthetically, it has a perfect symmetry that is not interrupted by date and day windows, and overall it retained the 70's feel and charm of the original 142.
Chuck Maddox was a big fan of the Lemania 5100 movement and has frequently written about its pillar-based construction and robustness, although a watchmaker in Toronto did once comment that the 5100 has some rather small and under-dimensioned parts and might have benefitted from beefier and sturdier components like in the competing Valjoux 7750 movement. Be that as it may, for me one of the main attractions of the 142 was always the central chronograph minute counter that eliminated Valjoux 7750-style (30 minute chronograph minute counter) guesswork whether the elapsed time was 8 hours and 12 minutes, or 8 hours 42 minutes. My 142 St II is built like a tank, remarkably accurate, luminescence is second to none, despite its size and 757-like weight it sits very comfortably on the wrist, and I do appreciate the ease with which I can read elapsed time.
So why is the 142 St II not more popular?
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