Last week, Ilya reviewed the Sinn 103 Ti UTC IFR. A high-flying model that was specially tuned to pass the most rigorous requirements for a true pilots watch. Today, I’ll be taking a look at a watch meant to go the other direction, down deep. While Sinn might be known for their Pilots watches and chronographs (the brand was founded by a pilot after all) their dive watches are equally as impressive. We have looked at one before in fact, the EZM 13 chronograph. But while labeled a dive watch, it bares a lot in common with the 103 line aesthetically, ending up not having that “traditional” dive watch feel. So today I’m taking a look at the newest version of Sinn’s quintessential diver, the U1 S E.
Labeled “the diving watch made of German submarine steel” the U1s are a group of super tough 1000m divers with distinct blocky markers that have earned a serious cult following. The U1 is available in several styles at any given moment, and has come in a variety of highly collectible limited editions. Late in 2016 at Munichtime, Sinn introduced the newest iterations, the U1 S and U1 S E, the latter of which features a more stylized aesthetic based on the highly popular, but long sold out, U212 S E. Now in all black, fully tegimented submarine steel with “ivory” colored lume, the U1 S E has a distinctly sleek, stealthy look to it. One that mixes the diving aesthetic of the watch with something land based and military. The U1 S E is available on a silicon strap for $2,390 or a fully tegimented submarine steel bracelet for $2,520.