As you can see in my signature collection, I mostly collect dive watches. However, I have recently become interested in durable "explorer" type watches (e.g., Seiko Alpinist; Halios Tropik B), and would now like add a similar style watch with a UTC/GMT complication. I have been lusting over the Rolex Explorer II for quite some time, however, the ~$7k price tag is really tough for me to justify. I recently discovered Sinn watches and have been learning about their various models. It appears that the Sinn 856 UTC Tegimented is comparable in many ways to the Explorer II. They are both built for rugged outdoor use, and both have the second time zone complication. However, they differ stylistically quite a bit, and there is roughly a $5k cost differential which is very significant.
I would appreciate any responses regarding personal experience with the Sinn 856 with respect to quality, durability, value, ease of use, U.S. dealers, customer service, etc. In addition, if you have any thoughts or opinions on how the 856 compares to the Rolex Explorer II, sharing them would be helpful to me.
Thanks in advance for your assistance.