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    Sinn U1 = review by The Watch Observer

    Test of the Sinn U1

    Published by The Watch Observer

    Just go to The Watch Observer in order to see :
    - the 15 photos of this watch
    - the detailed rating / the Editor's opinion
    - the 22 items of the Manufacturer data (including the price)




    Editor's opinion = 68,5/100





    Sinn is a German brand renowned for its uncompromising watches… a brand yet to be acknowledged and praised by the mass market.
    Its founding principles stand at the core of this U1 watch.
    Let’s review this diver’s watch… definitely made for diving!


    Tough gear!

    First contact with the U1 immediately takes you to the point: we’re talking about serious business here.
    Its matte grey, sandblasted look almost induces you in thinking it’s made of titanium.
    You’d be mistaken for sure! It’s made of steel, and there’s no room for doubt once you’ve weighted it.

    On the other hand, this is not your usual, average type of steel: Sinn uses the exact Submarine Steel used in the manufacturing of the current type 212 class U-boat submarines!

    The usual marketing plan?
    Not at all.
    Sinn is not using this specific metal merely for aesthetic or sales-oriented reasons – like one might do with a rustled boat wreckage, for instance.
    The alloy used here has peculiar properties indeed: it is antimagnetic, extremely resistant to sea water corrosion, and way harder than the classic 316L steel used by most other brands.

    As for the bezel, it benefits from an additional scratch resistant surface coating, thanks to Sinn’s Tegiment technology, which makes it four times more resistant than conventional stainless steel.
    Well-judged by Sinn as it’s the part most put at stake while diving!

    Its oversized crown, perfectly adapted to the diver’s gripping ability, radiates pure strength and solidity.
    Set at the 4th hour marker, it will not bother its owner while he bends his wrist, and shall suffer less from impact than a crown set at the 3rd hour marker.

    To make it short, this Sinn definitely goes into the sturdy watch category!





    A comfy Watch in spite of its size

    The U1 is bulky and heavy indeed (with its 189 grams).

    And yet, once on your wrist, it feels amazingly comfortable, considering its size.
    This owes a lot to the case back, with its very gentle curves, and to short lugs allowing the silicone rubber strap to nicely bind the wrist. On top of that, there are no blunt angles whatsoever anywhere on the watch. Well done again!

    However, its dimensions and looks do not really help in making it a real multipurpose watch – forget wearing the U1 with a suit and tie, unless you usually wear your watches over your sleeve.


    Perfect Readability

    Any of this wouldn’t be enough for making it a good diver’s watch, if there wasn’t one essential feature to any water-related use: readability.

    And, once again, one can do nothing but admit Sinn’s work is brilliant: a deep, matte black dial efficiently contrasting with pristine white markers and broad hands.

    Although the utterly minimalist design of these hands may first seem somewhat surprising, with their ‘railroad signs’ feel, they make readability just perfect, day or night.

    Because even though the strong LumiNova-rendered luminosity fades rather quickly, it then remains unchanging and at a totally acceptable level of readability throughout the whole night.


    A smart strap

    As to the deployment buckle closing the silicone rubber strap, it is as smartly designed as it is hulking.
    Actually devoid of any ruggedness, it won’t latch on by accident ⎯ and open unexpectedly.

    It also incorporates a very handy and easy-to-use extension for wearing it over wetsuits.

    As far as movement is concerned, Sinn has again made a safe choice by using the classic ETA 2824-2, a reliable, accurate movement.
    More than enough for a diver’s watch!

    So, is this Sinn U1 totally flawless?
    Well, if you’re really into nitpicking, you might probably find something…
    You could say the 60-click bezel makes an almost cheesy clickety-clack.
    And you’d also wonder on the relevance of having a half-minute calibration and numbering on the bezel between 0 and 15 minutes… What’s the point?
    But, honestly… there’s nothing unacceptable here!





    Conclusions

    With this U1, Sinn brings us a truly successfully achieved product, which goes right to the point: tough solidity, and practicality ⎯ the two essential features of a good diver’s watch.
    And with all these great features offered at a reasonable price, it’s hard to imagine any water-oriented biped not wanting to own this diver’s delight.


    The +:
    • a genuine diver’s watch, solid and practical
    • the case’s material ⎯ high tech for real
    • excellent readability in any situation
    • reasonable price

    The –:
    • not exactly a multipurpose watch
    • its weight and dimensions

    Further information:
    • journalist’s wrist = 17,5 cm

    Published by The Watch Observer

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    Re: Sinn U1 = review by The Watch Observer

    Thanks! I really love this watch and would love to own one some day. However, I am a little disappointed that it only has a 60 click bezel. Then again, I only use my dive bezel to time deliveries and the like, so no big loss.
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    I still don't get the Watch Observer rating scale at all. It makes no sense to me why

    The Breitling Navitimer got a 66/100
    The Rolex DeepSea got a 77/100
    The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona got a 68/100
    The AP ROO got a 75/100
    The Omega PloProf got a 71/100
    The Zenith Elite Ultra Thin got a 64.5/100
    The IWC Big Pilot got a 67.5/100
    The PP Calatrava 5120 got a 77/100
    and so on...

    where I'm from not a single one of these scores would be deemed "good" at all. I just don't get it



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    Re: Sinn U1 = review by The Watch Observer

    I don't get their scoring system either. Reading the review in its entirety, it looked like they loved the watch, the only knock being that the watch has a 60 click bezel. If that's the case, then why did it score so low?

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    Re: Sinn U1 = review by The Watch Observer

    There are detailed ratings on the website. Not sure if a copy/paste will get a decent format, but....

    Movement (/20)more
    6.5
    Movement Optimisation / Garnishment (/5) 1
    Ease of handling and adjustment (/5) 4
    Movement control proceeded by the Manufacture / horological awards (/3) 1
    Power reserve ability (/2) 0
    Complications (/5) 0.5

    6.5/20 for the movement. 10 points allotted to "bonuses", and the Sinn got a 2/10.

    That's the bulk of the lost points.
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    Re: Sinn U1 = review by The Watch Observer

    I believe the scoring is very conservative, and watches with more/new complications would seem to be favored given the rationale. I think one of the F.P. Journes or AP Jules Audemars complications scored the highest (80 or 81 ... or, was it 79?). Given that the highest is about 80, I think anything above 70 must be considered outstanding ...

    This is not to say that I agree with the scores, or even if I agree with the methodology they adopt, but it is nice to get a short overview of the strengths and weaknesses of a particular timepiece.
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    Re: Sinn U1 = review by The Watch Observer

    I don't get it. The ratings remind me of wine ratings without any great ratings. There hasn't been a great watch rating yet. From looking at their site, the only watch to break into the 80's was an AP Perpetual Calendar with a rating of 80; followed by an F.P. Journe with a rating of 79. Out of 100, really? If anyone else gets it please help.
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    Re: Sinn U1 = review by The Watch Observer

    Quote Originally Posted by v76 View Post
    This is not to say that I agree with the scores, or even if I agree with the methodology they adopt, but it is nice to get a short overview of the strengths and weaknesses of a particular timepiece.
    I agree it is nice to get an overview of strengths and weaknesses.

    I posted my last reply before I saw yours... if above 70 is outstanding, it seems that 80 should be the top rating. If 100 is the top rating, then outstanding or an "A" rating should be 90 or above, "B" should be 80 or above, and so on... just my 2 cents.
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    Omega Seamaster James Bond 007 Limited Edition
    Kobold Comanche
    Helson Sharkmaster
    Sinn U1
    Alpina Extreme Diver

    Maurice Lacroix Miros
    Ball B&O First Mile

    Edox Classe Royale Open Heart Automatic
    Shinola Brakeman 46

    Luminox 3000 Navy Seal Diver
    Hamilton Khaki Navy Sub
    Seiko Black Monster
    Citizen Ecozilla
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    and various other makes and models

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