Replacing Speedy. Looking at Sinn 556i, IWC 3740/41. Anything else I should consider?
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    Replacing Speedy. Looking at Sinn 556i, IWC 3740/41. Anything else I should consider?

    I知 fed up with the maintaining my Speedy automatic (reduced). I致e decided to sell it, and I want to replace it with something that will be a lot cheaper to maintain. So I知 tempted by meca quartz (IWC 3740 or 3741) or at the very least if I stick with full mechanical, it can稚 be a chrono (hence the 556). I知 assuming these will be lower in maintenance cost, but correct me if I知 wrong.

    As as you can probably guess by the watches I listed, I知 looking for something under 40mm in a somewhat sporty or military style. Definitely worn on leather. Probably black dial. 2k is about the most I want to spend, as I would like to mostly find it with the sale of my Speedy. (This is more of a moral goal than a necessity, however. If I fall in love with something more expensive, I値l still buy it.)

    Any thoughts on the watches I listed or others I should look at?

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    Many options: longines conquest, Monta triumph, oris big crown propilot ( a little on the large side)

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    Re: Replacing Speedy. Looking at Sinn 556i, IWC 3740/41. Anything else I should consider?

    A grand seiko quartz is probably one of the most reliable / lowest maintenance watches you can find though most are quite dressed. They have a quartz diver though.

    I would have recommended a less expensive seiko Tuna with its superreliable tank of a quartz movement, but it is bigger than your wish, even though it wears well on nearly all wrists, being in essence a lugless design.

    Between the mechanicals, indeed a simple 3 hander, ideally with a eta movement will be reasonable to maintain for many years to come.

    Since you like the Sinn, also check the Damasko ds30, somewhat similar with harder u-boot steel, or slightly more expensive the Da36 or da38. Though due to some proprietary engineering details and components, you best send them to an AD for maintenance; but even so being eta based you can probably wait 10 years before doing that.
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    Re: Replacing Speedy. Looking at Sinn 556i, IWC 3740/41. Anything else I should consider?

    Monta, Mido, Sinn, or anything using standard ETA movements will be cheap to maintain, as it can be serviced by most watchmakers.

    Why does your Speedy need so much maintenance? It doesn't have to go back to Omega exclusively and it can probably go 7 years between services without issue.
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    Re: Replacing Speedy. Looking at Sinn 556i, IWC 3740/41. Anything else I should consider?

    Check out the Sinn 104.
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    Re: Replacing Speedy. Looking at Sinn 556i, IWC 3740/41. Anything else I should consider?

    Thanks for the advice, though a lot of these are too big. My wrist is about 6.25 inches, so anything over 40 is out, and even at 40 it would have to wear small.

    The Speedy has needed actual repairs twice, and one time it had to go to Omega because they wouldn’t provide the parts to the authorized service center. Even standard cleaning at a local watch shop (I’ve shopped around) is 500, and it keeps bad time if I don’t clean it every three years.

    My shop said they’d clean the Sinn for 100, and that it shouldn’t need it as often.

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    Re: Replacing Speedy. Looking at Sinn 556i, IWC 3740/41. Anything else I should consider?

    Quote Originally Posted by FuriousE View Post
    Check out the Sinn 104.
    +1 for the Sinn 104.

    It's like the 556i, but with a countdown bezel. And that bi-directional captive bezel is nice and tight with little or no play and will give you some of the timing functionality that you will lose when you sell the Reduced. It's 41mm and only 0.5mm thicker than the 556i. WR is still 200m.

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    Re: Replacing Speedy. Looking at Sinn 556i, IWC 3740/41. Anything else I should consider?

    Quote Originally Posted by meson1 View Post
    +1 for the Sinn 104.

    It's like the 556i, but with a countdown bezel. And that bi-directional captive bezel is nice and tight with little or no play and will give you some of the timing functionality that you will lose when you sell the Reduced. It's 41mm and only 0.5mm thicker than the 556i. WR is still 200m.
    Yeah, I like it, but it's definitely too big. There are a ton of amazing options over 40. Down in the 36-38 range most watches seem to be dress watches, and sport/military styles are pretty rare.

    I spent most of the morning looking around and I still haven't seen anything that looks as promising as the 556i or the 3740.

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    Re: Replacing Speedy. Looking at Sinn 556i, IWC 3740/41. Anything else I should consider?

    Yeah, if you are looking at the Sinn 556 deffo give the Damasko DA3x mob a look.
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    Re: Replacing Speedy. Looking at Sinn 556i, IWC 3740/41. Anything else I should consider?

    I have a Sinn 556 IB. An awesome worry free watch. It is one of my faves that I’ll never sell. It’s a real strap monster. Looks dressy on a black leather strap and sporty on a rubber strap. A rugged and classy Everything watch. Get one.

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