A lesser known, but very well respected watch company has closed its doors this past Monday. It is indeed sad to see a fine maker of watches leave us.
Guinand-Uhren Helmut Sinn GmbH, owned by Helmut Sinn, and purchased by Herr Sinn after his departure from the company which still bears his name, has ceased operations as of June 30th. As I understand it, its managing director, Herr Horst Hassler, is retiring, and Helmut Sinn himself is into his late 90s and had no longer been involved in its operation.
Guinand had been a longtime supplier to Sinn, and manufactured a line of watches that were noted for high quality and a fine price/performance ratio. I purchased my 40.50.02 some months ago and it has become my favorite daily wearer (largely replacing my Omega 300M Seamaster GMT). My Guinand is very similar to the Sinn 103, and includes sapphire crystals front and rear, and a very nicely decorated 7750 movement which has been impressively accurate.
See review of this watch by forum member Ahkeelt, from whom I acquired my watch:
When Ahkeelt listed the watch, he mentioned a very small scratch on the bezel (really only perceptible under very close examination), and finding out that Guinand would soon cease operations, I emailed Mr. Hassler to order a replacement. His reponses were usually within a few hours (we are, after alll, half a dozen time zones away), and he sent me a bezel which arrived on Monday. He had asked for a wire payment, explaining that they were not able to take credit cards or Paypal. This confused me at the time, but given the information about their closing, it now makes sense. When I emailed him asking if I could just send a check, he responded that I should just consider it a gift to a Guinand customer. I like to think that this was a kind last order of business for Guinand, though I realize that practically speaking it was probably a very small detail not worth bothering with. Nonetheless, generous of spirit.
I want to thank Mr. Hassler for his most diligent and professional service, and both Herren Hassler and Sinn for a very fine product. The watch community is diminished by their departure.