Sinn 556 A on Bracelet

Automatic winding mechanical watch in steel on bracelet
• Case diameter (mm): 38.5
• Case thickness (mm): 11.0
• Case lug width (mm): 20
• Weight - head only (grams): 65
• Case back: Transparent
• Case finish: Satinized
• Case metal: Stainless steel
• Dial color: Black
• Front crystal: Sapphire
• Movement: Automatic mechanical
• Manufacturer's limited warranty: 2 years
• Warranty service: RGM or Sinn
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WatchBuys Direct Price: $1,320.00
Availability: In Stock - Ships Immediately

Sinn 556 A on Bracelet
Sinn 556 A on Bracelet
Product Details

The Sinn 556 has become one of our best selling watches of all time and for good reason - it offers a great mix of performance, durability and classic Sinn design.

This version of the Sinn 556 is marked "A" for Arabic numbers. 

Sinn's inspiration for the design of this watch is the historic Sinn NaBo clocks long manufactured for use in cockpits as a navigational tool.  Even today Sinn continues to produce these clocks which are used in both civilian and military aircraft, as well as specialty cars.



We think this watch is one of the most legible that we carry.

The four anchor numerals on the quarter hours provide positioning for a quick read of the time.

And the bold indices and hands play well against the matte black dial providing excellent contrast.  There is a good reason that this design has worked so well in cockpits around the world.





The Sinn 556 A features a case size at 38.5 mm which is satinized. This finish results in a slightly more polished look while at the same time retaining some characteristics of a matte finish.

Notable features of the Sinn 556 A include:
  • Case in 316L surgical stainless steel
  • Sapphire crystals on both sides of the watch
  • Double coated anti-reflective covering
  • Dual seal crown lock to improve water resistance
  • Sapphire crystal back to view the decorated movement
  • Top Grade (chronometer level) movement

This watch is fitted with a Sinn stainless steel H-link bracelet with locking clasp.

And what is very unusual for watch in this category is that Sinn has been able to engineer a water resistance of 200 meters rather than the traditional 50 to 100 meters in competing watches.




When you purchase your new Sinn watch from WatchBuys, you'll not only get a finely engineered timepiece with excellent value for money, you'll also benefit from the WatchBuys Sinn Advantage.


WatchBuys Advantage #1

Because we are the official and authorized North American Sinn distributor, your name and watch serial number will be automatically registered in our database for a Sinn manufacturer's limited warranty which we pass through.

This means that should your watch require service during the Sinn manufacturer's limited warranty period, service will be provided by Sinn in Germany when you return your watch to them. This Sinn manufacturer's limited warranty is transferable to subsequent owners as allowed by Sinn.

You are responsible for paying the shipping charges to Sinn, and all repairs that Sinn approves under its warranty are at no charge. Sinn will also pay the return shipping charges to the address you specify.

The Sinn manufacturer's limited warranty period is as follows:
  • Watches in the EZM Series: 3 years
  • Watches marked AR containing inert gas: 3 years
  • Watches in the DIAPAL Series: 5 years
  • All other Sinn models: 2 years

WatchBuys Advantage #2

As an added benefit to those who purchase Sinn watches from WatchBuys, you may choose to have your warranty repairs serviced through our US service center, RGM Watch Service located in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. This added service saves our clients the time and effort of returning their watches to Germany for repair. This benefit is transferable to subsequent owners who purchase directly from the original registered owner.

Please note that you are responsible for paying shipping and insurance charges for sending your watch to RGM. Once they reach your watch in the service queue they will determine which repairs are covered under Sinn's warranty.

It is important to note that oil-filled quartz Sinn watches must be repaired in Germany (EZM 2, Hydro and UX series). If your watch meets one of these conditions and requires service under warranty, please contact us and we'll provide instructions for shipping the watch to Sinn in Germany.


WatchBuys Advantage #3

Your watch will be repaired at no cost to you other than shipping charges to either Sinn or RGM during the warranty period. Sinn watches purchased through the "grey market" (non-authorized sources) may carry no warranty from Sinn. Sinn watches purchased through authorized overseas retailers are governed by the warranty policies of those dealers and/or Sinn, and typically must be sent to either the overseas dealer or Germany for repair.


WatchBuys Advantage #4

You'll be wearing your new Sinn watch soon after your order is placed since we stock Sinn watches and ship free using FedEx Air. Plus, since we are located in the United States, there are no "hidden charges" for shipments to US residents as is the case with most overseas dealers. Such charges can add up to 15% to the cost of your new watch, and include credit card surcharges, foreign exchange credit card bank fees, import duties and taxes, and custom's broker charges.


WatchBuys Advantage #5

WatchBuys offers a comprehensive return policy with no restocking fees to US residents. Overseas dealers, including those involved in the grey market, typically don't offer a return policy, and if they do, returning a watch under the policy is both complicated and expensive due to import/export and custom's requirements. Restocking fees are also common and may range up to 15%.

Learn more about our return policies.


WatchBuys Advantage #6

WatchBuys is pleased to accept payments through PayPal, debit and credit cards. We charge no surcharges to use credit or debit cards, and because we are based in the United States your US card is charged in US dollars with no conversion or exchange rate fees.

We also accept payments from PayPal and charge no surcharges.

Please note that to pay by credit card, debit card or PayPal your account and/or card must be issued by US or Canadian financial institution and billed to a confirmed US or Canadian address.


WatchBuys Advantage #7

When you purchase your new Sinn watch from WatchBuys, you'll earn WatchPoint Rewards which accumulate and may be redeemed against future purchases.


Watch Reviews

Sinn 556A

"Sinn 556A"

Zach

Comments about this watch: I've been wearing my new 556A for 4 weeks straight now and can't speak highly enough about it. The case finishing and overall feel is fantastic. I think that the legibility of the A version makes it an easy choice over the I, but makes it less dressy (though I think that this makes it look better on the bracelet).

It has been very accurate at about +6 to +7 seconds per day, but this improves to +3 or +4 if I store it with the crown side up.

Lives up to everything you've read on the forums

"Lives up to everything you've read on the forums"

Alex O

Comments about this watch: This is my first 'real' watch and I couldn't be happier. I was a bit nervous about spending so much on a watch I'd never seen in person but when it arrived it surpassed my expectations. It's hard to describe but it just feels well made when you hold it - the weight, the fine machining of the case, movement decoration. It all comes together in a really nice package. It's the perfect size for my 6.7" wrist and dresses up and down very well. Accuracy has been excellent, about +2 or 3 seconds a day - within COSC standards. Not too shabby for a 'Top Grade' movement. I couldn't be happier with the staff at Watchbuys either. Very prompt and friendly. They even threw in a Sinn branded thumbnail clasp to use with an aftermarket strap, which is a very nice detail. My watch came with a very minor cosmetic flaw on the (hand painted) second hand, most people might not have even noticed it but they were very accommodating, getting a replacement hand under warranty. Great people. When I have th... - more details

556a / WatchBuys

"556a / WatchBuys"

Ron D.

Comments about this watch: This is an extremely versatile watch which it can be used everyday watch to dressy. Have several bands I'm considering purchasing so I can change it up whenever I feel the need. 


WatchBuys staff is first rate. From pre-purchase to post-purchase questions they have provided on of the best service I've encountered. Thanks!

556 A

"556 A"

Jonathan D.

Comments about this watch: I wanted a quality daily wear watch that was attractive yet low key. This Sinn fits the bill quite nicely.

The movement is extremely accurate; I check it against my computer at work and it has rarely been off more than a second. The numerals and the anti reflective coating make it very readable. This is at the bottom of the Sinn line, but the downsides are minimal. The size is small by today's standards, but is classic and still wears well.

The case is not tegimented so it will incur some scratches over time. If you can afford the extra expense of the 856 (including servicing) it would be a better choice, but the 556 A remains an excellent watch for the money.

Simply awesome

"Simply awesome"

Alex

Comments about this watch: Can think of a more utilitarian watch. It tells the time at a glance and does that VERY well.

Incredibly accurate with the top grade movement. Looks great for all occasions and can also take just about any strap you put on it. Can be dressed down or up easily.

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Sinn watches feature a number of cutting edge technologies, many of which are unique to Sinn. Please note that not all Sinn watches, including the watch on this page, use all of these Sinn technologies.

Among the more notable Sinn technologies are:


Tegimented Hardened Cases

Many Sinn watches are fitted with Tegimented cases produced in-house by Sinn's case making affiliated company in Glashutte, Germany.

Standard steel used by most watch companies has a hardness of between 200 and 240 HV (Hardness Vickers is a common scale used to measure material hardness). The Tegiment process produces a hardness of at least 1,200 Vickers which is five times harder than standard steel (and on some Sinn models up to nine times harder than standard steel).

The Tegiment process is not a coating consisting of a foreign material; instead the steel itself that has been hardened using a special engineering process that creates a hardened barrier. The base material is a type of stainless steel also used for surgical implants, and the stainless steel resistance to corrosion is further improved by the Tegiment hardening process.

The primary advantages to a Tegimented case are extreme resistance to scratches and other case abrasions, as well as increased resistance to corrosion.

Please note that certain Sinn watches are fully Tegimented (case, bezel) while others are Tegimented only on the bezel. Use the links below to view both categories.

  • View Sinn watches with fully Tegimented cases.

  • View Sinn watches with Tegimented bezels only.


Dehumidification Technology

A number of Sinn models feature cases filled with inert gas. Sinn has found that filling the case with inert gas can help prevent the introduction of moisture and humidity to the case, as well as provide a more stable environment for the oils that lubricate the movement.

The proper care of any mechanical watch movement mandates that these oils maintain both their viscosity and lubrication properties.

  • View Sinn watches with dehumidification technology.


Copper Sulphate Capsules

A number Sinn models use one or more copper sulphate capsules to absorb humidity trapped inside the case. Over time these capsules will gradually turn dark blue indicating that humidity has been absorbed.

The primary benefit to these copper sulphate capsules is a more dry and stable environment for both the movement and the lubricating oils. Together with Sinn's inert gas treatment these capsules form the basis of Sinn's Dry Hold Technology.

This technology not only provides a more stable environment for the movement, but also prevents fogging of the crystal when going from hot to cold environments or from humid to non-humid conditions (such air conditioned buildings).

  • View Sinn watches with copper sulphate capsules.


Extreme Antimagnetic Protection

Magnetism can cause dramatic swings in the timekeeping of a mechanical watch movement. People are often exposed to magnetic fields without even being aware - frequent high altitude flying, metal detectors, audio and video equipment, medical equipment and computer equipment can all cause problems with magnetism.

Many Sinn watches offer extreme protection against magnetism up to 80,000 A/m. Sinn achieves these results using a number of different technologies, including special case and case back construction, soft iron components in the case and protective rings surrounding the movement.

  • View Sinn watches with extreme antimagnetic protection.


DIAPAL Oil Free Escapement

Sinn caused quite a stir when they first released their DIAPAL technology. Beginning in 1995, Sinn began work to create an oil free escapement. With any mechanical watch movement, the aging of oil, especially in the escapement can create long term problems for that movement. Additionally, as movement oil ages, required service intervals become more frequent.

Sinn's early analysis to this problem provided a quick solution (at least in theory) - if you don't use oil, it can't age. The process began by exchanging the ruby escapements for diamonds (the word "DIAPAL" derives from the German name for diamond escapements) in order to achieve the desired effect. The designation stuck, even though today Sinn works with solutions taken from advanced nanotechnology rather than diamonds.

The result is a movement that proves so reliable that Sinn offers an unprecedented five year warranty on their DIAPAL watches.

  • View Sinn watches featuring the DIAPAL oil free escapement.


Hydro Oil Filled Technology

Sinn has developed a technology termed "Hydro" in which the entire watch case is filled with oil. Watches using this technology are based on quartz rather than mechanical movements.

By using this type of movement, Sinn is able to fill the watch with oil, which has the joint affect of greatly enhancing the readability of the dial and time from any angle (including under water), and increasing the water resistance of the watch even at great depths.

  • View Sinn watches with Hydro Oil Filled technology.


Submarine Steel

Sinn has created a line of watches featuring cases made from German submarine steel (the U Series). The steel was procured by Sinn from a steel supplier to Emden GmbH, one of Germany's North Sea shipbuilding yards who construct submarines from the very same steel.

Because of the special steel used from the submarine steelmanufacturer, the case resists the effects of exposure to salt waterand salt water environments.

These cases are produced in-house by Sinn's case making affiliated company in Glashutte, Germany.

This special steel is also amagnetic which means that is does not have magnetic properties and cannot itself become magnetized. The watch movement itself is protected from magnetic fields up to 4,800 A/m.

  • View Sinn watches built from German submarine steel.



EZM Mission Timers

Sinn is a partner for manufacturing watches for the German Special Forces, including SWAT, Customs, FBI, helicopter police, GSG9 and other units.

Beginning with the now highly collectible (and valuable) Sinn EZM 1, Sinn has grown this collection to some of the most durable and highly functional watches made and they remain among the most popular in the collection.

  • View Sinn watches in the EZM Series.



TESTAF Certified Pilot's Watches

Lothar Schmidt, Sinn's CEO and owner had long been disturbed by a lack of technical standards for defining a "pilot's watch". As an engineer, Mr. Schmidt was fluent in standards for diver's watches, anti-magnetic watches and the many other technological standards used to manufacture watches.

A widely used reference for standards is DIN, or the Deutsches Institut fr Normung (German Institute for Standardization). Oddly, he discovered there were no DIN standards to cover pilot's watches where such standards existed for example for diver's watches.

The new "Technical Standard for Pilot's Watches" (TESTAF) was developed by the Aachen University of Applied Sciences and establishes the suitability for professional use as a pilot's watch.

  • View Sinn watches in the TESTAF Series

 

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