The new Sinn U2 Meisterbund.III, a professional grade diving watch that was created exclusively for the Japanese market, is a nicely designed hybrid that takes the best features of the German brand’s bestselling models. Packed into a compact body, which is crafted from the highly corrosion-resistant steel alloy used for making submarine hulls, the new watch seems to be inspired by a nuclear submarine.
Based on their current Sinn U2 diver, the new watch still features the same laconic stainless steel body that, measuring just 44 millimeters in diameter and 15.5 millimeters in height, is compact enough to be used as a casual timekeeper and still more than adequate to serve as a tool watch.
Beating inside it is the same ETA 2893-2 automatic movement (we have seen it, for example, in the last year’s Muehle Glashuette Marinus GMT diver) that, possibly for the sake of legibility, lost its secondary GMT hour hand, but still beats at the same frequency of 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour and offers pretty much acceptable power reserve of 40-42 hours.
If you are familiar with Sinn’s product range, you will immediately notice that the setting crown was moved 180 degrees clockwise from its normal position at 4 o’clock to a less usual place at 10 hours.
Although most of us, righties, will find this position not only unusual, but also quite awkward, the left-handed crowd (and simply those who prefer to wear their watches on their right hands) will possibly love it.
The other noticeable change is, of course, the dial of the piece that seems to be outsourced directly from the Sinn U1 model with only minor changes to the color scheme (and, well, the second hand seems to be identical to that installed on the U2 model).
Of course, all hands, hourmarkers, and even the traditional triangle on the notched diving bezel (it was also refinished to better match the new black and red color scheme) is painted with some luminous substance that looks bright white under natural light and turns bright green in darkness. In both cases, the dial of the piece remains highly contrast and easily legible.
According to a number of Japanese web-sites, the watch is priced at 357,000 Japanese yen, which roughly converts to more than $4500 U.S. dollars: a hefty price tag, that, but the special edition model, which is limited to just 80 (!) individually numbered units seems to be totally worth it. Although I don’t imagine the price to skyrocket after each timekeeper has found its own rightful owner, I’d imagine that the watch would be quite good at keeping its resale value compared to a ‘normal’ Sinn U2 model.
Photos: Sinn Watches
Sinn U2 Meisterbund.III 2000 Meter (Japanese Special Edition) diving watch specification
Price: Approx. $4500
Movement: Automatic, Caliber ETA 2893-2, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 21
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, date
Case material: Stainless steel, black PVD
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Case height: 15.50 mm
Lug width: No data
Dial: Matte black
Numerals: Arabic (date aperture at 3 hours and bezel)
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 2000 meters
Strap: Black silicon strap (sized to 6.5″) with black PVD-treated steel deployant clasp; two extra Sinn leather straps with contrasting stitching (white and red)
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Solid, screw-in