Limited editions can be a risky thing—taking an existing and already well-received watch and revising it significantly enough to justify its existence, but also making sure the changes don’t ruin all that was good with the watch in the first place can be quite the challenge, and we’ve all seen our fair share of misses from brands. Sinn, however, seem to have a lot more hits than misses in their back catalog and plenty to choose from in the last few years alone, be they divers, chronographs or three-handers. Although not intended to be a definitive collection, today’s list takes a look at some of our favorite past limited editions from the beloved German brand.
First on our list is the 356 Isetan, a 2016 collaboration with noted Tokyo department store, Isetan. The 356 Isetan features the same 38.5mm case and Sellita SW500 movement (Sinn had already switched from the Valjoux 7750 at this point), but here the running-seconds register and day/date displays are removed to leave a clean and symmetrical dial. The watch retains a domed acrylic, and the hands and indices are painted with “old-radium”-style Luminova for a bit of a vintage vibe. The watch comes on a rich, brown leather strap. Only 50 of these were ever produced.