In the summer of 2016, we wrote about Sinn’s development of a new pilot’s watch standard through DIN, the German Institute for Standardization. To summarize, the resulting DIN 8330 standard codifies what it means to be a pilot watch, building on the TESTAF standard first introduced in 2012. To be DIN-certified, a watch has to meet certain criteria with regard to general functionality, legibility, and performance under extreme conditions—standards that are even more explicit than those first outlined by TESTAF. For example, pilot’s watches tested under these guidelines must be water-resistant to 200 meters, must remain functional within a temperature range of –45°C up to 80°C, and must be able to handle repeated changes in air pressure, among a handful of other requirements. To read more about about the DIN 8330 standard, click here.
Sinn’s announcement of these guidelines came with the release of three new watches designed around the new standard and today we’re taking a look at one of them—the 103 Ti UTC IFR.The 103 has also long been a Sinn staple, and over the years the brand has released numerous variations on the core design, among them the 103 St Sa, the Titanium DIAPAL, and the Ti UTC IFR’s direct predecessor—the 103 Titanium UTC TESTAF.
This latest iteration is Sinn’s ultimate expression of a tool watch—it’s over-engineered and packed with tons of Sinn’s proprietary tech that allow the watch to meet the DIN 8330 standard. Aesthetically, it falls in line with many of the design cues we first saw with Sinn’s batch of TESTAF-certified watches, though the design here is further emphasized for clarity (read our review of Sinn’s flagship EZM 10).
At $3,470 on strap and $3,780 on bracelet, it’s not an inexpensive package, but it’s one that comes with a lot packed into it. Let’s take a closer look.