Sinn 156 vs 256, which do you buy?
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    Sinn 156 vs 256, which do you buy?

    I'm looking to possibly acquire a 156 or 256 to accompany my 556. I really love the size of the 556 on my 7 1/4" wrist. In comparing the 156 to 256 there is quite a difference in case diameter as well as lug-to-lug distance—which is the biggest factor in wearability imo. There is also price, the 256 seems to consistently come in at 75-100% more than the 156, despite the 156 using the coveted Lemania 5100 movement. Why is this? Supply numbers? Rarity/scarcity?

    Can anyone shed some light on cost difference as well as wearability and ownership of either watch? I love the price point of the 156, but am concerned it's 51mm l-2-l is just too big for my small wrist.

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    My guess on difference in price is, you rarely see a 256 come up for sale.

    IMHO, the 156 is the better watch. Once you experience the legibility of a 5100 chrono, it's hard to use anything else. I can see exactly how many minutes have elapsed, at a quick glance, while running with my 5100 based watch - try that with a 7750 based chrono and its (comparatively) minuscule sub dial. I also think that the 156 will look right and home, and live comfortably on a 7.25" wrist (which is not small)...no problem.

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    Re: Sinn 156 vs 256, which do you buy? [156 all day, every day]

    I have a 6.75" wrist and wear both comfortably... the 156 is the largest watch I own, but still within my specs... the 256 is a classic size and a little more versatile...
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    Re: Sinn 156 vs 256, which do you buy? [156 all day, every day]

    had a 156 back in the mid 1980's, after some time spent collecting leonidas and heuer bunds. the 156 was the follow-on model after H Sinn took over the service contract for the heuer 1550's. for me, the 156 was a part of a long line of military chronographs and well worth owning.
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    Re: Sinn 156 vs 256, which do you buy? [156 all day, every day]

    Alright, thanks for the input guys!

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    Re: Sinn 156 vs 256, which do you buy? [156 all day, every day]

    Quote Originally Posted by freeman4ever View Post
    My guess on difference in price is, you rarely see a 256 come up for sale.

    IMHO, the 156 is the better watch. Once you experience the legibility of a 5100 chrono, it's hard to use anything else. I can see exactly how many minutes have elapsed, at a quick glance, while running with my 5100 based watch - try that with a 7750 based chrono and its (comparatively) minuscule sub dial. I also think that the 156 will look right and home, and live comfortably on a 7.25" wrist (which is not small)...no problem.

    My dos pesos. :)
    Well said - if chronographs had been this way from the start and someone then introduced a smaller, unintuitive 30min subdial it would be laughed out of the shop :)


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