The last piece in my three-watch collection addresses my need for a trusty travel watch. In the last few years I’ve traveled quite a bit for both work and recreation. I sometimes spend a week or more away from home for work, so setting some regular schedule of checking in with my significant other is important. Meanwhile, much of my recreational travel incorporates some combination of hiking and camping, so having something durable is important. I also always like to make sure my travel watches, regardless of the destination, can withstand the trials of being thrown in and out of airport security bins along with my keys, headphones, and other EDC. So, with that all said, the Sinn 856 UTC is a perfect travel companion.
First and foremost, the 856 UTC has a very legible, easy-to-set second time zone. I actually once owned this watch about 2-3 years ago, and it’s one of the few watches I’ve sold that I regret letting go. I’m a big fan of the aggressive styling of Sinn’s modern pilot’s watches, and I think the UTC is a fine example of one of my favorite brands.
But the UTC performs above and beyond it’s second timezone. It’s packed with Sinn’s proprietary technology. First, the case uses TEGIMENT Technology, which produces a significantly harder metal surface than you will find with untreated metal. And this is not a coating that can come off over time. As a result, the 856 is highly scratch-resistant and is likely to look as good after a few years of wear as it did the day you purchased it.
Second, the 856 UTC features Sinn’s Magnetic Field Protection, which protects the movement from up to 80,000 A/m of exposure. While I’m not in the habit of traveling through robust magnetic fields, it’s nice to know I’m covered. Most importantly, all Sinn watches with this technology feature a special badge on the dial (gloss black in the case of the 856 UTC) which is pretty sweet.
Lastly, the 856 UTC features one of Sinn’s coolest proprietary technologies, Ar-Dehumidifying. Ar-Dehumidifying Technology is actually a combination of three components, all of which come together to protect the 856’s movement from deterioration over time as a result of exposure to moisture. Sinn does a great job of explaining on their website. Here’s an excerpt:
Ar-Dehumidifying Technology solves a basic problem of mechanical watches: the aging of oils due to moisture in the air contained inside, or diffusing into, the watch. The movement is mounted in a nearly anhydrous atmosphere thanks to the three Ar-Dehumidifying Technology elements of drying capsule, EDR seals and protective gas filling. Aging processes and fogging of the crystal from sudden cold are prevented, and reliable functioning and accuracy are ensured.
One of the things I like so much about the 856 UTC is that, despite how overkill all of its technology is, it doesn’t look overkill. Don’t get me wrong, it looks like a modern tool watch, but it doesn’t sacrifice aesthetics or wearability to pack so much technology.
So that’s it for my three watch collection for under $5,000. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this article, I’m a bit surprised by what’s not included. I’ll certainly miss having a chronograph, and I’m still a bit shocked that a diver didn’t make the list. But I think this collection should have me covered for most of what I encounter on a day to day basis. What do you think? How badly did I screw this up? I look forward to reading your takedowns in the comments.