Fellow Sinn Collectors,
For years now, I have longed for Lothar Schmidt and the Sinn Leadership Team to Reboot / Revive the highly prized, Sinn 156 Chronograph, with the screw-back case, as opposed to the four screw back version, which was found in the earlier models. Water tightness is one of the main concerns in this instance, because after all, this new model would be a true Sinn tool watch in one sense and also an elegant watch that one could wear on a daily basis. Expectations and base line standards of Sinn watches are high; however, I don't think they give as much thought to the wearability of their multi-purpose chronograph time pieces.
The Sinn EMZ 10 is my case in point... to quickly address the 600 pound Gorilla in the room. It is a fantastic multi-purpose chronograph watch and has all one can ask for at this point in tool-watch tech development! However, what it gives to its owners in tool watch performance, toughness and service, it lacks in ergonomics, i.e., sliminess, comfort, and universal wearability.
The 156 model on the other hand, offers a comfortably balanced and ergonomic design, which can go from the office, dinner party, and a scuba lesson and never miss a beat. The beauty of the 156 is that it is slim. The case is not too large, nor too small. At 43mm and 11mm in depth, it cruises the fine line between a dress watch and a true tool watch. Rolex knew this when they designed the highly successful 126600 Sea Dweller. At 43mm, the watch is elegant, comfortable to wear and looks as good, whether you are wearing a tuxedo or a wetsuit.
I have owned three EMZ 10's and sadly sold them all. I tried to change the bands, adjust the bracelet and even wore them on the Sinn rubber strap, but never found the watch comfortable for my 8" wrist, nor suitable enough to wear on a daily basis (see photos below). The 156 however, wears stealthy and fits under a cuff beautifully. However, if this watch were to be rebooted, revived or enhanced, while using the newest Sinn technology to keep the watch water proof to say... 200 feet, and making it dust free, anti-magnetic and service friendly, I believe you would end up with the most popular watch Sinn has ever designed! It would blow the Rolex 126600 Sea Dweller out of the water! I say this because I own a Rolex 126600 Sea Dweller and frankly, other than the white gold indices and hands and a adjustable bracelet that can be easily adjusted on the fly in hot weather, there is not much in the Rolex 126600 Sea Dweller that would be able to compete with say a new Sinn 156 submarine steel watch, (which is an anti magnetic, scratch resistant, tough-as-nails, steel) or even one made with the companies patented tegimented titanium, used by Sinn in the EMZ 10. Further, if the leadership at Sinn offered all the super-watch technologies they have under patent in a new rebooted super 156 designed chronograph. The resulting 156 chronograph design would surely be a new bench mark for the company and the industry as a whole.
What a watch the NEW SINN-Super 156 chronograph could be! Why, the watch has not been built to date, is a mystery to me. The market is there. The knowledge and technologies exist within the company to make the new Super 156 chronograph! The market for the vintage 156 is, and has been, strong proving the popularity of the model. Yet, it is not being considered as a new model by Sinn. Why? I can only imagine what the watch would look like in its rounder, slender vintage style, submarine steel or tegimented titanium case.
Imagine... a new Sinn sapphire bezel clicking precisely between its stops and glowing like a torch at night...The applied steel or titanium indices brimming with the same lume as the bezel and putting the Rolex Sea Dweller to shame. The surrounding case brimming with the latest Sinn patented technologies to keep the movement dry, safe from shocks, extreme temperatures, abrupt pressure changes, scratches, etc., and finally, a bracelet that adjusts on the fly! Well, maybe one day... If Sinn needs someone to test the watch, then please contact me via Watchuseek... If you need some one to purchase an experimental version, please let's talk.
In the end, it's up to you Mr. Schmidt and your leadership team. You have the patents, experience and know how to introduce the world to a new way of designing an elegant wearable tool watch... One that can go anywhere and yes, "leap buildings in a single bound!" Let's talk...
All the Best,