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    Sinn watches worth it?

    Hi - I saw a thread on here from around 2008 discussing at that time, price rises in Sinn watches and comparisons to other brands, even such as Omega. Particularly with discounts you can get on brands such as Hamilton and Omega but not Sinn. That was obviously a while ago and I don't know what has gone on since.

    Do you consider Sinn a good to great value for money? I really like the brand and history and have some times to Germany given the amount of time I work/travel there. But has Sinn become too expensive you think? For starting a collection and building upon it, i wonder if it's better value or perhaps at least, higher priority to look at a discounted watch that is considered more iconic (ie Omega speedmaster) first and then maybe delve into Sinn later. Compared to starting with a Sinn which is what I have been thinking of.

    thanks a lot for any thoughts.,
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    Sinn raise their price every year without fail, but the price rises reflect inflation and incremental improvements in models (mostly the former). They don't appear to do any mass marketing to speak of, endorse no celebrities and never ever discount...to anyone. The guy who took a 142/140 into space paid full whack. You could reasonably conclude that they do not make a huge margin on their watches, and therefore can't afford to discount. I'll refrain from speculation on Swatch group margins.

    No mechanical watch is good value as a timekeeper, and a collection should be made up of pieces you love to wear - I would not advise intellectualising the process. If you really want to split hairs on value, compare movement quality / grade, fit and finish (from actually handling all the pieces you're weighing up) and technical specs like WR or lume duration or something. Auto v hand wind might also be a consideration.

    Edit: economies of scale play a huge part on the discount front, all other things being equal. Sinn production runs are in the high 100s per model, rather than the 1000s or 10000s.

    Just a guess, but the fact that you don't have a specific model in mind tells me you're not really sold on them aesthetically, in which case grab the Omega.




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    Re: Sinn watches worth it?

    Yes Sinn is on the expensive side now for what you get. Prices have gone up over the years. To be fair this is common practice by just about every "luxury" watch brand out there. The key consideration here should not be what others think but what YOU the future potential owner of Sinn watch think? Do you like the watch, brand etc? If yes, then would you pay X amount of money to own it? If yes to both then it is worth it to you. Right?

    Personally though I find them expensive, no one else makes a diver with design like he U1 or instrument chronographs quite like their 140 and 144 series, hence for those I think they are worth it to me. For their more pedestrian watches like 556/856 etc...not so much.

    So it's a highly personal choice. No watch in this price tier is ever truly worth it based on pure cold logic....

    Hey I know I can be pretty illogical and twisted when it comes to watches and value blah blah blah...


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    Re: Sinn watches worth it?

    I'd rather be Sinning

    I initially had it down to a U1 or a Nomos Tangente as my big watch purchase for 2014. The U1 eventually won out and I think I made the right decision, although i still plan on picking up the Nomos in 2015. Overall, I REALLY like my U1... and although unorthodox, I wear it with a suit frequently.



    As far as future Sinn purchases are concerned, I plan on picking up an 856i as soon as they make one and prolly a 103 at some point. There is nothing like a Sinn bracelet. Sinn 4 lyfe!
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    Re: Sinn watches worth it?

    Agreed and thanks for your points. I understand. If rather something a bit different from just normal omega first up. I like several of the Sinn lineup. Just want to pick something that is good for general use. Engineering work place. Think though 556 is a bit plain.


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    Re: Sinn watches worth it?

    I haven't owned a Sinn yet but am looking for something I'm not afraid to rough up a bit, I think this one actually looks better with a few battle scars. As for if its worth the money, as said above it is a personal choice but I am ok with paying the asking price

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    Re: Sinn watches worth it?

    Actually that one is definitely on my list.


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    I can tell you without a doubt that I got more from Sinn for the money than any watch. I also was living in Germany and thus saved about $300 dollars off what I would have paid in the US. Even so, it's worth it. Their metal is awesome and they own SUG which does their own in house metal work. The bracelet on my 556 is on par with or better than Omega and Rolex (I have not seen Rolex's new metal, I've heard it's amazing, but not $7K more amazing). I've got the same movement in my watch as a Tudor for a third of the price. Sapphire, Top Grade ETA or Sellita 200. The screw down crown is solid and easy to use. 200 meter WR, classic Sinn styling, a watch that other's build a homage for, shall I go on?

    Check out this post by a recent watch flipper: you'll notice which watch he really liked and there are some good ones on his list:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f74/let...l#post10927665

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    Re: Sinn watches worth it?

    You still get more way money for the dollar with German watches than Swiss. Better invest in one before the general public finds out.
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    Re: Sinn watches worth it?

    Thanks a lot. Appreciate your thoughts. I go to Germany a lot. Should I get one over there rather than in the US?


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