This Classic German Pilot’s Watch Just Got a New Lease on Life

The Sinn 158 brings back an important mechanical chronograph from the 1960s that was originally issued to the German military.


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While the new Sinn 158 is based on the company’s own vintage Bundeswehr 155, that model was in turn based on an iconic chronograph made by Heuer. Heuer made these watches for the German armed forces (the Bundeswehr) in the 1960s, and Sinn was contracted to refurbish them in the 1980s. Some were refitted with Sinn dials, and some surplus stock was also rebranded and sold to the public. Thus this original batch of retrofitted 155s were more or less Heuer watches with another respectable name on the dials.

The reissued 158 has the same 43mm-wide case size as the originals and a few modern updates, such as the shape of the hands. Otherwise, it’s a pretty faithful reproduction, though the movement is a modern one, of course. Whereas the originals were manually wound and had a flyback function, the Sinn 158 uses the automatic Sellita SW510 (with no flyback). Available on a range of straps and priced at $2,660, the new Sinn 158 is sure to please fans of the classic 155.

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