Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund I Watch Hands-On

Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund I Watch Hands-On

Sinn is a Frankfurt-based producer maybe most popular for their “tool” watches; intense timepieces with typically German degrees of over-engineering designed to deal with whatever the wearer can toss at them. Despite this reputation, Sinn does, obviously, discharge dress watches, for example, the 1800 S Damaszener  or their beautiful 1746 Porcelain collection. Last year’s  6200 Meisterbund I watch in rose gold  was re-delivered in white gold with the Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund I that we’ll investigate here.

All images by Ariel Adams

Getting away from this watch briefly to discuss the brand’s history, Sinn was established in 1961 in Frankfurt, Germany by pilot and flight instructor Helmut Sinn. The company’s initial center was the production of cockpit tickers and aviation chronographs which were offered direct to the client, bypassing retailers. In 1994 Helmut Sinn offered the company to Lothar Schmidt, an engineer and previous representative of International Watch Company (IWC) in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Under Schmidt’s leadership, Sinn built up a reputation for over-engineered intense watches and would proceed to supply looks for the German government police (GSG 9), the fire service, and professional divers and pilots.

This heritage permits Sinn to involve a comfortable niche in the German watch industry as a specialist in professional watches, however pieces like the 6200 WG Meisterbund I and its rose gold sibling offer a very much beautified fabricate caliber from Uhren-Werke-Dresden (UWD) and a precious metal case engineered by Sächsische Uhrentechnologie GmbH (SUG).

Lothar Schmidt is an investor in SUG, who are a specialist case producer that have historically supplied steel cases for Sinn and precious metal cases for A. Lange & Söhne. The instance of the Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund I is fabricated by SUG in a palladium-rich combination of white gold, which requires no rhodium plating to maintain its silver tone and ought to be all around endured by wearers with nickel allergies. The case estimates 40mm by 9.3mm, making it slim, yet present day in appearance and appropriate for dress watch duties.

The carries are short and bended to upgrade the slim profile, and the sides of the case are satin-brushed to diverge from the polished bezel. This case shows a degree of finishing up to A. Lange & Söhne norms, which is appropriate considering it was produced by a similar supplier. The case is further water-resistant to 10 Bar (approximately 100m), which is considerable for a precious metal dress piece yet not sudden given Sinn’s proclivity for intense timepieces. The Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund I comes joined to either a mocha or dark alligator cowhide tie, and includes a wooden display box with a loupe to admire the fine detailing on the dial and movement.

The Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund I includes an anthracite dial, enhanced with fine guilloché in radial waves emanating from the dial’s focus. The impact appears as though a sunburst finish at first look, however uncovers more prominent detail and visual interest when inspected intently. The hour indicators are applied and have a distinctive stretched or “stretched” appearance, which will no uncertainty demonstrate a controversial design choice, yet one that I for one quite like. Printed white Arabic numerals mark each 10-minute interval around the dial, which degrades fairly from the style of this timepiece yet serves to increase legibility. Surrounding the dial is a railroad minute track with applied metal indexes each hour, apparently additionally made of white gold.

The hour and minute hands of the Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund I are slim, could be described as leaf-formed, and contrast well against the anthracite dial without obscuring the view. The little seconds counter at 6 o’clock utilizes a matte disk to distinguish itself from the remainder of the dial, and highlights its own railroad track with Arabic numerals marking each 10th second. “Made in Germany” is displayed along the lower part of the dial to either side of the little seconds counter, alongside the Sinn branding and “Frankfurt Am Main” taking pride of spot close to 12 o’clock. Indeed, even initially, there can be no uncertainty that this is not a Swiss timepiece – a reality that is being praised here as opposed to concealed.

Through the sapphire gem exhibition caseback, the hand-wound caliber UWD 33.1 is uncovered. This is a similar caliber that’s highlighted in the previous rose gold 6200 Meisterbund I, and it is similarly as beautiful here. Marco Lang of Lang & Heyne watches is the man behind UWD – who likewise creates finely finished watches in traditional German style – and his expertise shows here. The development is made of nickel silver (otherwise called German Silver or Maillechort), which has a silver-like appearance when new yet will tarnish a rich yellow with age. The bridges are uniquely bow formed and matte-finished with contrasting diamond-planed edges.

The development works at 3Hz and highlights six eccentric weights in the equilibrium framework, and a spring barrel upheld on one side (which Sinn calls a “flying barrel”), offering a force hold of 55 hours. The caliber UWD 33.1 likewise comes equipped with a hacking seconds mechanism for precise time-setting, and is anti-magnetic in agreement with DIN 8309 (approximately 4 800 A/M, or amperes per meter). The crown haggle are further sunburst-finished by hand.

This is a finely finished dress piece in precious metal – a collaboration between three German companies who each bring specialist skills to the table. With a price tag of $15,460, many will consider this timepiece a miss for Sinn, as their name still inspires that heritage of moderate, extreme looks for regular wear. In any case, consider it in this light. The Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund I is cased by the very producer that supplies A. Lange & Söhne, offers an architecturally interesting development delivered by UWD, and displays an all around finished at this point legible dial characteristic of Sinn Spezialuhren. While it is facing some solid competition from individual German (not to mention Swiss) watchmakers at this price, I can picture 55 individuals appreciating the craftsmanship and watchmaking that goes into a piece like this.