Review: Sinn 103 Classic Limited Edition (500 pieces)

Last year, German watch maker Sinn released a 500 piece limited edition version of their highly popular 103 pilot chronograph. The limited edition version called the 103 Classic is visually distinct from current 103 models in a number of ways.

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First, the 103 Classic has re-aligned its base Valjoux 7750 movement to form a ‘V” shaped tri-compax array of sub dials at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. Each sub dial is silver coloured with highly brilliant radial engravings which I suspect is due to Sinn’s  electroplating process.

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The silvered sub dials contrast very nicely against the deep black colour of the main dial which has the right balance of details. Other than a date window discretely tucked away between 4 and 5 o’clock the only wording on the dial is “Sinn” placed just below 12 o’clock. 

In addition, the dial comes across as less busy due to the use of baton-style hour markers rather than numeric markers.

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The 103 Classic’s case is made of polished stainless steel with screw down chrono pushers and a signed crown. The bezel has one minute (60) clicks and turns bidirectionally which I personally prefer. On the lower left lug you find Sinn’s proprietary copper sulphate drying capsule that forms part of its dehumidifying technology.

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Via the see through transparent case back you can see that Sinn has taken some effort to aesthetically decorate the base 7750 movement and has included nice touches such as blued screws.

This is definitely a handsome piece worth adding to any collection :)

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Seiko SARX011 Review

It’s been a busy start to 2013 but I managed to complete my first review for 2013 on the Seiko SARX011!  The SARX011 is a limited edition piece (500pcs) that is inimitably suitable with any formal attire.  

The SARX011 is 40mm wide and stands at 12.9mm.  At that height, it’s not what one would usually associate with dress watch.  This is largely due, I suspect, to its enamel dial.  Enamel dials tend to be thicker than regular metal dials but in this instance the dial is so handsome one could readily forgive the extra millimetres.

[I am linking a very enlightening article here by Marcus Henke on his visit to the famous enamel dial manufacturer Donzé Cadrans] Link: http://home.watchprosite.com/show-nblog.post/ti-812378/

The SARX011’s case is very well finished.  The case is high polished throughout with nicely curved lugs. Combined with the smooth polished bezel and signed crown, the SARX011 has an air of reserved luxury about it. The folding deployent clasp is well made and easy to operate though the accompanying leather strap has a cheap and plastic feel about it.

Via the see through case back you can peep at Seiko’s 6R15 movement which provides 50 hours of power reserve and is typically found on Seiko’s “mid-range” pieces like their Sumos and assorted Landmasters.  The 6R15 is a 23J automatic movement that comes with hand winding and hacking functions.

There is also another model released alongside the SARX11 that comes with power reserve and date indicator hands - the SARW005. That one retails for a good 20,000 JYP higher.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 976

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is categorically, the ultimate dress watch. As much as how the Rolex Submariner came to define dive watches, every single quality a dress watch should possess is best epitomised by the JLC Reverso.

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The JLC 976 though possessing Grande proportions, is appropriately sized for slipping in and under shirt cuffs. It’s silvered guilloche dial with black arabic numerals also provide all the contrast needed for low light social settings. 

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The blue flamed hour and minute hands add that extra bit of class to what is already a very elegant facade largely uncluttered by unnecessary text or logos.

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The reversible case of the JLC 976 also provides a glimpse into the inner workings of the lovely hand wound calibre 976 -  a single barrel movement delivering 48 hours of power reserve and beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour.

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The 976 calibre also has a neat little function that allows time adjustments to be made by hour increments rather than having to go round the full minute track. While not a GMT function, this is extremely useful when resetting your watch in a different timezone.

However, I do have one criticism of the 976’s winding mechanism, in that it seemingly takes an eternity for me to fully wind up the watch from standstill. 

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The alligator leather strap and double folding buckle are both extremely well made. Unlike other natural alligator straps I have encountered, the strap on the JLC 976 seems abit more rigid and sturdy. The double folding buckle is simply signed and does not place undue stress on the leather strap.

All this can be had (depending on condition of the watch and the provenance accompanying it) for a very reasonable price of around $5000~ SGD if you pick one up on the preowned market.

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I was simply too lazy to put on a suit for photo-taking with the JCL 976. Just in case you were in doubt as to the appropriate accompanying attire, look no further than John Hamm and Jeremy Renner below ;D

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Seiko SBDX005 Historical Collection Prospex 600m Diver

The SBDX005 was the last 600m automatic dive watch that Seiko ever produced.  Current production models such as the SBDX011 and the SBBN015 are rated at 1000m and 300m respectively. 

Released in Y2000 as part of the historical collection and limited to just 1,000 pieces worldwide, the SBDX005 is a reissue of the classic 6159-7010 shrouded diver that was produced between 1975 and 1978.

Quite possibly the rarest and most sought after tuna diver ever produced.