First off, I have to say the the entire WUS community seems to be about the most respectful online community I've spent much time on. The mods and/or members seem to really want to share information, experience, and opinions but in a respectful way. Kudos to WUS.
I've been a reader/lurker for a while but never owned a watch that cost more than $200. I've decided I don't want to be the guy in my office with the cheapest watch any more. After looking around and considering all the brands that are Rolex expensive and under I've pretty much decided that the Sinn lineup offers the biggest bang for your buck. I have a background in engineering as well and I like the fact that they appear to be trying to add value at their price point by addressing problems that can still be tackled by one using movements developed elsewere (i.e., tegimenting, special oils, Ar system etc).
Apart from the innovation, I like the Spartan appearance of much of the Sinn lineup. I am down to deciding between the EZM 3 and the 856. Oddly enough, I think the 856 UTC looks better than the non UTC version so that's the one I would get even though I have no use for the UTC function. I know there are some threads out there specifically comparing these two watches but I kind of have some specific questions that I hope someone will be willing to address.
EZM 3: Everyone describes this watch as tough/durable/tank like, yet people say the bezel feels insubstantial and has too much slop/play in it (possibly by design). I wonder if a sloppy or insubstantial bezel gives anyone regrets with this watch? Does it cheapen the appearance to the extent it would look "poor" or insubstantial next to a similarly sized Tag, or even Omega or Rolex? In a brightly lit office, is the red date still a problem? Finally, how out of place, if at all, does this watch look with a dress shirt and possibly a jacket?
856: How dark is the tegimented watch and metal bracelet? I have decided I don't want Breitling shiny but in some photos the 856 looks really dark grey - like it would look out of place on someone trying to dress nice in an office. I think the face of the 856 definitely appears "dressier" than that of the EZM 3. Does the watch look "too nice" to wear with casual clothes? (I know these questions inconsistent but these are the things I wonder.) Finally, the size of the numbers on the main dial look too big in some photos. I've read that they are in good taste in person but does anyone have this watch and wish they were smaller?
If anyone read this far, thanks for doing so and any information, no matter how insignificant, is appreciated. Seeing these watches in person is not really an option and I hate to send one back (even though Watchbuys allows it) if I can avoid it.