Sinn R500 Chronograph
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
There is perhaps no more versatile complication than the chronograph.
From race cars to rocket ships, boats to battlefields, you are likely to find a chronograph being employed to measure a plethora of tasks and times. From the Greek khrónos (“time) and gráphō (“to write”), a chronograph is a watch that has the ability to record time, generally via the addition of small sub-counters that register minutes and hours.
Though many storied brands produced notable chronographs during the complication’s heyday from the 1930s through the 1970s, numerous other firms fell by the wayside during the Quartz Crisis, folding completely and disappearing or being rolled up into conglomerates that pillaged their stores of parts.
German tool watch manufacturer extraordinaire Sinn has made some of the most notable chronographs of the last several decades, and is still doing so today. From military-issue pieces to dive watches and more, their wares are constantly winning the firm design awards for their thoughtfulness and ingenuity.
The R500 is one such timepiece. A racing chronograph in ‘bullhead’ configuration — with the pushers situated at the top — it’s housed in a 42mm titanium case with a sapphire crystal, a signed crown, and pump barrel pushers. It features a luminous, gloss black dial with an inner tachymeter bezel, applied indices, a matching handset, a triple-register chronograph with cream-colored subdials, and a power reserve indicator at 12:00.
Powered by the industry favorite, automatic Valjoux 7750 movement and paired to a signed, perforated black leather strap with red stitching and a signed titanium pin buckle, it even includes its factory goodies.
Original designs in the contemporary watch world are few and far between. All the more reason to nab this limited edition of just 300 pieces before someone else has the same idea.
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Initially focusing on the manufacture of pilot’s chronographs and clocks, Sinn operated by a unique (for the time) direct sales model, whereby he cut out the retailer and middleman and was able to offer competitive pricing. In the 1980s the firm took on the service contract for the Heuer-produced 1550 SG flyback chronograph issued to the German Budeswehr — today, it’s possible to find models at auction or on the secondary market with Sinn-signed replacement dials.
Sinn’s reference 156 Military Chronograph — powered by the famed Lemania caliber 5100 — did not win a military tender for supply to NATO and BUND forces. (That honor would go to Porsche Design/Orfina for its reference 7177.) However, the chunky reference 140 (also powered by the caliber 5100) did accompany German astronaut Reinhard Furrer into orbit on the Spacelab D1 mission in 1985.
Following Helmut Sinn’s sale of the company to engineer Lothar Schmidt in 1994, Sinn would begin supplying specialized military kit of its own. In 1997, the company released the EZM1, a unique, left-handed chronograph with a central minutes counter that was adopted by the Zentrale Unterstützungsgruppe Zoll, a tactical unit of Germany’s Customs Service. (The newer EZM 2B was subsequently adopted by GSG9’s diving unit — a special force within the tactical unit of the German Federal Police.)
More recently, in 2005, the company released the U1, a professional dive watch made with submarine steel that featured a 1,000-meter depth rating. (2020’s U50 downsized the gargantuan 44mm case to a more manageable 41mm, attracting plaudits internationally.)
Today, Sinn continues to manufacture no-nonsense chronographs, dive watches, and even dress timepieces that earn the respect of watch consumers and professionals worldwide.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
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Sinn R500 Chronograph