What did you cross-shop with the 556i?
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    What did you cross-shop with the 556i?

    Hi all,

    I am about ready to pull the trigger on a 556i on bracelet, but I wanted to start this thread to make sure I've done my due diligence. I'll tell you why I think the 556i is the choice for me, and if you could tell me if there is anything out there with similar characteristics that I'm missing, that would be awesome.

    I love the 556i because:
    - it it unassuming and has more "cattle under its hat" than it boasts from its appearance and name recognition.
    - it will fly under the radar -- nobody at work or in my personal life will have any clue that it's a solid piece of watchmaking technology.
    - it is under 40mm
    - it comes on bracelet
    - it will be as comfortable at work on the days I have to wear suits as it will on the days I don't, and it'll be equally as comfortable on the weekends if needed.
    - it has a simply-designed face and makes its design more out of its function than its form (to my eyes).
    - it has a date window.
    - it's under $1500.

    Damasko doesn't fit the bill simply because they're too sporty for what I want (otherwise I'd go the 556a route).

    The Certina DS looks really good, but it doesn't hit me the same way the 556i does.

    I don't like the Archimede Outdoor because I'm not big on cushion cases.

    A brief bit about the watches I already have (they're eclectic as they come from various places/people as gifts and purchases)
    - 2 Tag F1s
    - Hamilton Khaki Field 42mm
    - Hamilton Thinline silver dial quartz
    - Longines heritage 1938
    - Edox WRC classic quartz
    - Seiko SARB 017
    - Orient Blue Ray
    - BMW Motorsports ICE Watch (Wittman DTM Champ!)

    So knowing all of that, is there anything else I should cross-shop, or have I narrowed it down to the 556i fairly well?

    Thanks!
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    Re: What did you cross-shop with the 556i?

    Here's the deal. Go with your gut. Don't try to talk yourself out of what hits your passion button. Buy the Sinn, you won't be sorry.
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    Re: What did you cross-shop with the 556i?

    Quote Originally Posted by Geof3 View Post
    Here's the deal. Go with your gut. Don't try to talk yourself out of what hits your passion button. Buy the Sinn, you won't be sorry.
    Thanks!

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    Re: What did you cross-shop with the 556i?

    The 556 isn't my cup of tea, but I did eyeball the Techne Harrier.. similar aesthetic, but a bit more character that I would prefer on my dials.
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    Re: What did you cross-shop with the 556i?

    That harrier is a good looking watch -- never seen it before. Went ahead and got the 556i as a bday present to myself.
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    Re: What did you cross-shop with the 556i?

    I looked at the 556i for a lot of the same reasons you mentioned.
    It is super versatile imo, I wore mine at my wedding but also wear to work or on weekends.
    I looked at a lot of the same models from Archimede, Damasko and Certina but just felt more interested in the Sinn (though Damasko was a close second and I look at what they have on the market frequently).
    Although it doesn't have any of the case, movement, or chemistry innovations higher end models are known for it is really the watch that got me interested in the Sinn brand and I think you will want other Sinn's if you get a 556.

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    Re: What did you cross-shop with the 556i?

    I looked at the Tourby small aviator and IWC Mark XVI. Ended up with an original Timefactors Speedbird I.
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    Re: What did you cross-shop with the 556i?

    Timefactors Speedbird 3 is a decent alternative. Much cheaper too.


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