Sinn are known to produce watches with either great practicality or military influences. In this year’s Baselworld, there is one particular piece that had caught our eye, and it is based on deck watches that are used for navigation and scheduling purposes. Presenting to you the 856 B-Uhr.
The 856 B-Uhr drew influences, especially with its dial aesthetics, from the classic deck watches that were used in the past. One of the greatest influences would be the placement of the hour and minute markers on the dial, in which the latter take precedence over the former with its larger display that occupies the outer ring of the dial. This is because during operations, the minutes were the more important measurement of time, and hence the larger display allows the user to read it more quickly and accurately. As a result, this relegates the hour markers to a small, inner circle on the dial instead. In addition, certain elements on the dial are also painted with a creamy ivory-colored coating to give the watch a vintage feel to it.
Despite its heavy influence with watches of the past, the 856 B-Uhr is actually a timepiece that is fitted with many high-tech features. This includes its stainless steel case that had been bead-blasted and hardened significantly using TEGIMENT technology (which makes it scratch resistant). Other modern innovations include the Ar-Dehumidifying Technology that prevents the watch from fogging up, as well as the Magnetic Field Protection that is able to minimize magnetism of up to 80,000 A/m.
The 40mm watch is powered by Sellita’s SW300-1, a self-winding movement that features a date indicator and a stop-seconds function.
The Sinn 856 B-Uhr is a limited edition piece, and only 856 examples are available. For more information, please check out Sinn’s website here.