Many of you may remember a watch that Sinn retired some time ago that was built for the official German airline Lufthansa (LH), specifically their Cargo Division. This model has subsequently become quite collectible.
Over the past year, Sinn has been working with officials at Lufthansa to develop a new limited edition series for the airline, this time an officially certified pilot's watch (compliant with the new TESTAF standards).
Sinn and WatchBuys are pleased to announce the arrival of the brand new Sinn 857 UTC TESTAF LH Cargo Limited Edition.
When Sinn announced their all-new line of TESTAF certified watches they worked with aviation professionals to develop a set of standards for pilot watches to ensure that these new watches can withstand the rigors of life inside an aircraft cabin. Likewise, when Boeing introduced the all-new 777F, they established the new standard by which all other modern aircraft are likely to be judged.
Lufthansa is the German flag carrier and the largest airline in Europe, and is currently operating the most modern freighter in its class: the aforementioned Boeing 777F.
Like the Sinn 144 GMT Lufthansa Cargo before it, the new Sinn 857 UTC TESTAF LH Cargo Limited Edition was developed as collaboration between Sinn Spezialuhren and Lufthansa Cargo, as the perfect watch for this high-performance aircraft.
Pilots require absolute reliability and utmost precision, and this instrumental watch was tested and certified in accordance with the TESTAF standards, which ensures that it is qualified for professional use as a pilot watch at the highest level.
This all-new model is limited to 777 pieces in celebration of this collaboration, and the dial and UTC hand feature a stylized silhouette of the Boeing 777F. Each watch also features an engraved limited-edition number on the case back along with an elaborate shipping cargo container-styled display box complete with TESTAF certificate and miniature airplane collectible.
Official Standards for 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 InstitutfrNormung (German Institute for Standardization). Oddly, he discovered there were no DIN standards to cover pilot's watches where such standards exist for example for diver's watches.
Many watch brands classify their watches as "professional pilot's watches", but Mr. Schmidt knew that this was a hollow phrase that had absolutely no substance behind it.
He set out on a journey to encourage the independent development of a set of standards to which a watch must conform to be classified a certified pilots watch, and TESTAF was born.
Sinn produces more TESTAF Certified professional pilot watches than any other watch company in the world - click here to see the complete collection.
Range of Technologies
The case of the Sinn 857 UTC TESTAF LH Cargo Limited Edition in steel has been hardened with Tegiment technology to make it especially scratch-resistant.
The range of technologies also includes Sinn's Dry Hold technology for greater functional reliability and freedom from fogging and overall functional reliability at temperatures between 45 C and + 80 C.
The Sinn 857 UTC TESTAF LH Cargo Limited Edition also features a second time zone on a 24-hour basis with a unique hand in the shape of an airplane.
Other features include:
- Limited Edition of 777 pieces
- Tested and certified to the Technical Standard for Pilot's Watches (TESTAF) by the Aachen University of Applied Sciences
- Second time zone on a 24-hour basis with unique airplane hand
- Case made in-house at Sinn's case manufacture in Glashutte, Germany
- Case hardened with Tegiment technology
- Dehumidifying technology enhances functional reliability and freedom from fogging
- Functionally reliable from 45 C up to + 80 C
- Captive pilot's bezel with minute ratcheting
- Sapphire crystal glass
- Water resistant to 200 meters
- Low pressure resistant