Sinn 103 Sa B E Pilot Chronograph Hands-On

Sinn 103 Sa B E Pilot Chronograph Hands-On

In recent years, the idea of the archetypal “tool watch” is something that has become so diluted and abused that it’s hard to keep up with what it really means. Numerous brands love sneaking around these designs, but a great deal of them just don’t get it right. In my psyche, Sinn has never needed to stress over this and as they remain steadfast in their main goal to produce professional timekeeping instruments, they continue to build upon a developing lineage of timepieces that nail the device watch concept in the truest definition of the term. It’s just, their thing… and as long as they stick to it, I think that its very hard to discover issues with the watches they create. This year at Baselworld, the brand announced the limited edition Sinn 103 Sa B E Pilot Chronograph , a sleek, professional aviator’s watch that demonstrates Sinn’s ability to create watches that are both exceedingly reasonable and outwardly stimulating.

All images by Bilal Khan

While Sinn has a rich history of developing a range of watches suited for a number of professional applications, the 103 group of pilot chronographs is the thing that consistently flies into my psyche when I consider the brand. Regularly monochromatic in its execution, the 103 provides its wearer with a pared-down time show that delivers high legibility without unimportant design touches or… pieces of style. But, I discover it especially exciting whenever the brand steps out of the standard routine and starts experimenting with a sprinkle of shading – as is evidenced by watches like the Sinn 103 A Sa B or the  Sinn 240 St Gz I wrote about a year ago. This is essentially what we find in the Sinn 103 Sa B E Pilot Chronograph and I’m glad to report that the tone translates very well inside their established pilot chronograph platform.


Like your average Sinn 103 St, the 103 Sa B E Pilot Chronograph wears tall at around 17mm including the pleased bubble sapphire gem. On the off chance that you’ve ever worn one of these, it’s quite a surprise to witness how tall it wears since the watch measures 41mm in diameter and 47mm from carry to drag. But, this is a pilot’s watch after all and this sort of bold wrist presence is really something I’ve developed to appreciate when it comes to these Sinn pilot chronos. On account of this watch, the effect is further enhanced by the reactive sunburst blue dial and anodized blue bezel, which remain as the most distinctive characteristics here. Everything else you’d expect from the “tool watch” camp is still here and the watch delivers 200m of water resistance even without screw-down pushers.

The dial on the Sinn 103 Sa B E Pilot Chronograph is additionally acquainted with its basic Valjoux 7750 design featuring big syringe hands and coordinating sub-dials at 12, 6, and 9. This is additionally where we’ll locate the most divisive aspect of the watch; the ivory-colored Super-LumiNova. Presently, I’m not as a rule against the idea of “faux vintage” lume, but I do think that its odd that the shading tone wasn’t utilized inside the entire track of the elapsed time bezel, especially since it was used for the 12 o’clock pip. Nevertheless, everything we love about 7750-based pilot watches can be found here and the Sinn 103 Sa B E actually proves itself as a device observe even with its dressed up sunburst blue getup.

Speaking of the movement, the Valjoux 7750 in the Sinn 103 Sa B E Pilot Chronograph is about really basic and reliable. Decoration isn’t even extensive, even however Sinn opted for the sapphire presentation caseback pictured above. For some time now, I’ve really felt that the Valjoux 7750 is pretty similar as the Honda Civic of the programmed Swiss chronograph world and much of the time, I’d prefer it over some extravagant in-house caliber. Accessibility and serviceability are key, and the utilitarian nature of the movement makes it both basically and thematically appropriate for the Sinn 103 Sa B E Pilot Chronograph. Power reserve is 42 hours and the chronograph itself is smooth during incitation. The movement additionally bolsters a nice day-date show at 3 o’clock that matches nicely with the dial’s sunburst tones.


If there’s one aspect of the watch I’d have to complain about, it’s the integration of a regular elapsed time bezel in lieu of the more conventional “mission timer” commencement bezel. I may be missing something but to me it’s simply a useful redundancy when you have a chronograph. But then once more, I can see where it would be useful for following two simultaneous events at once. Likewise, when it comes to alternatives Sinn gives you the choice of buying the Sinn 103 Sa B E Pilot Chronograph with either a Steel H-Link bracelet or a leather lash with tang buckle. Personally, I’d take the bracelet. But with a 20mm drag width this watch makes certain to be a blast on a variety of different leather and nylon straps.

Overall, it’s interesting to note that there isn’t really a down to earth reason for this watch to exist. We didn’t request another all-blue Sinn Pilot chronograph but something about the manner in which this one was executed simply makes me wonder why I didn’t consider it before. The vibrant shading scheme demonstrates exactly how capable Sinn is when it comes to breaking their typical routine and offering something with a little more personality. Price for the Sinn 103 Sa B E Pilot Chronograph is $2,760 on the lash and $2,950 on bracelet. It’s limited to a sum of 500 pieces.  sinn.de