This review of the Sinn 856 UTC was originally published on Realwatchreview.com in 2011 as two parts, an initial impressions and then a final review. They have been presented here in one article, but were left in their original format. Enjoy!
When it comes to dual timezone watches there are few that have done it better than Sinn with their 356 UTC Flieger. It is one of those watches that has everything going right for it on a number of levels. It captured my attention a few years ago due to containing my two favorite complications in one watch: a chronograph and a second timezone.
We’re always on the lookout for brands that offer especially good value for a mechanical watch. Especially if that watch happens to be Swiss made and powered by a high quality movement… and even more so if that movement happens to have an interesting complication, such as a GMT or chronograph.
It’s sort of a general rule of thumb that mechanical complications increase the price of a watch. If you look at a brand’s catalog, their chronographs, GMTs, perpetual calendars, etc… (should they have them in the first place) cost more than simpler 3-hand models, and understandably so.
It’s been sometime since we’ve discussed a blacked out watch. And the reason is probably obvious…it’s sort of a gimmick. Yeah, blacked out or phantom watches, can be pretty badass looking. The mix of a matte PVD case, black hands and a predominantly black dial can turn any watch from friendly wrist accompaniment into something sinister and covert.
The Citizen Nighthawk might be old news to a lot of watch people out there. It’s been around for a few years and has gotten a decent amount of attention in its day. But despite that we felt that it had a place on worn&wound, because it’s one of the best mass-market quartz offerings out there in terms of affordability, good design and value.
So you’re off to your sister’s wedding in Sydney, huh? Cool, sounds like fun. Got your suit, some spiffy shoes, great. But what watch are you taking? Hey remember, we’re going to be several hours behind you here in the states. How are you going to make sure you don’t drunk dial us from the reception and have it be crazy early in the morning? You, my friend, need a watch that tracks two time zones, so you’ll always be sure.