On the wrist, the EZM 13 wears exceptionally well. It’s an ideal size for a rugged tool watch, coming in neither too big or too small. It’s plenty large enough to have presence and be legible, but small enough to be comfortable and look well proportioned to the wrist. On my 7″ wrist, I found the lug-to-lug length of 47mm to be particularly well sized, especially since the lugs are broad. So, while the watch isn’t long, the lugs still have a lot of visual mass.
It’s such a cool looking watch. Though it mixes elements from various time periods, it’s thoroughly modern looking, with a mean tactical edge. There is nothing that feels stylized about the design, rather everything is built for a purpose. In the end, it’s very clean and a bit severe, but undeniably attractive. The instrument-like design makes it almost conservative, so while it’s a sport/tool watch through and through, it wouldn’t look odd at work, though I’d probably go for the bracelet option. For more casual wear, it just has that kind of effortlessly rugged look that I personally find so appealing. Wear it with jeans, boots, t-shirts, leather jackets, etc… wear it to the beach, the bar, the garage; whatever it is you do. It’s a watch that could actually look better with a few scratches and dings on it.
There’s a lot to like about (and to talk about) the Sinn EZM 13. It’s a great modern tool watch with some very serious technical credibility, which is Sinn’s strong suit. Before even getting to the Ar-Dehumidifying tech or the D3-System that allows the chrono-pushers to be used under water… or the 500m WR or the 80,000 A/m magnetic field resistance… or the gorgeous, mission driven dial and super bright lume… you have the fact that this uses their SZ02 in-house modified Valjoux 7750 chronograph, which gives it a 60-minute counter. Not only is that more practical, it’s Sinn going above and beyond to make a better, more functional watch.
As a chronograph enthusiast, a little thing like that is already enough to make the watch a winner for me. Not wanting every one of my chronographs to be the same, or to use off the shelf movements, an exclusive modification is very attractive. Not to rant, but how many watches 2, 3…5 times the price of the EZM 13 go so far? Few if any. Then throw in all that other great stuff? There is nothing comparable. They put a lot of luxury brands to shame.
With that said, the EZM 13 isn’t cheap, it’s just a great value. At $2,770 ($2,960 on a bracelet) it’s no drop in the bucket, but for everything you are getting it actually seems modest. Even within Sinn’s own watches, they kind of snuck this one in under $3k, beating out many of their other chronographs and coming in nearly $2,000 less than their other SZ02 powered chrono, the mighty U1000. Of course, there’s a push and pull with everything, and the EZM 13 is lacking one of Sinn’s most notable techs: Tegimented steel. The hardened Tegimented steel is 1200 vickers making it nearly impervious to scratches; an obviously great feature. That said, while I would have loved for that to be a part of it, I appreciate that they kept the price down a bit by leaving it out, making it somewhat more approachable.
To pick one up in the US, head to WatchBuys