Sinn 358 Acrylic on Bracelet Solid Back

SKU: SI-288

Average Watch Ratings: 100% (1 reviews)

Automatic winding pilot's chronograph with acrylic cover - more details
Case diameter (mm): 42.0
Case thickness (mm): 16.0
Case back: Solid
Case metal: Stainless steel
Dial color: Black
Winding: Automatic
Manufacturer's limited warranty: 2 years

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Sinn 358 Acrylic on Bracelet Solid Back
Sinn 358 Acrylic on Bracelet Solid Back
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This watch is designed for those who love the pure and simple look of vintage Flieger (flight) watches, but prefer the larger case and dial sizes in use today.

The History

For many years, the Sinn 356 series has been a best seller, in all of the different formats. In fact, it remains popular today, even though its case size of 38.5 mm is a bit small for some.

Sinn has been working on a new in-house case design of 42 mm to house their latest Flieger watch at their case making facility in Glashutte, Germany. This case was put into the Sinn line for the first time at the 2011 Basel Watch Fair and was launched as the Sinn 358 Limited Edition. The plan was to roll out all of the Limited Edition pieces (which feature a more heavily modified movement, a different dial layout as well as other special features) and then to follow that piece with the standard Sinn 358 models.

It's All in the Crystal

This is the Sinn 358 Acrylic on bracelet with a solid case back, and is the least expensive watch in the new Sinn 358 series because of the acrylic cover and the solid back. Some people view acrylic as a negative, while others prize this feature. We will explain both sides so that you may make an informed decision.

Acrylic - The Good Points

Acrylic was used on the earliest wristwatches, and is therefore very authentic to the design of the rest of this watch. Pilots used acrylic crystals as they were less expensive to make, could be repaired at a low cost and had a low reflection factor.

Acrylic gives the dial a slight smokey look which we must admit is quite striking on this watch. It's not blurry, but rather an overall feeling in the way that acrylic allows light to pass to the dial. Further, if acrylic should become scratched, damaged or break, it is relatively inexpensive to buy a brand new cover and replace the former.

Finally, using acrylic rather than domed sapphire makes an enormous difference in the price of the watch as domed sapphire is so difficult to make properly.

Acrylic - The Negative Points

People who prefer not to own an acrylic cover point out that it is easy to scratch, and this is true. As a counterpoint however, many of these scratches are easily removed using a tooth brush and toothpaste.

Others don't like the sound when the acrylic is tapped as it sounds like plastic which they associate with cheap, and they also point out that they prefer the absolutely clear light passing through the sapphire crystal.

In summary, there is no right or wrong decision - it comes down to your budget, the features that are important to you and if you will be bothered when the acrylic cover scratches (even knowing that these scratches will probably come out quite easily).

Other Features

The case back is nickel free offering protection to those with allergic reactions to this metal.

Bead blasted stainless steel case with solid case back. Dial is black with traditional three sub dials and features Arabic numerals. Watch is water resistant to 100 meters. This watch features a steel bracelet with folding lockable Sinn buckle.

One feature that many of our clients appreciate in this watch is that it shows both the month and day at the 3 position.

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"Fantastic watch"

Posted by: Steve

Comments about this watch: I've had this watch for about a month and really love it. It feels solid without being bulky, and the craftsmanship is really great. The metal bracelet is extremely comfortable and easily adjustable (I did it myself in about 45 minutes with the tools that come with it). WatchBuys was a pleasure to deal with and took their time to help educate me on the brand, the model without ever being pushy or high pressure. Once I ordered it, it arrived the next morning. I couldn't be happier with this watch... - more details


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