Prepare to be blown away - this watch is Sinn's crowning achievement and features a movement so advanced that only a very small number are built each month.
As we have traveled the country showing the Sinn Collection through our Road Shows, the Sinn TESTAF Certified Professional Pilot's Series has stood out in every city.
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 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.
Mr. Schmidt recently spoke with us and indicated that DIN will adopt the standards set by TESTAF for professional pilots watches. He expects this action to be taken in the next few years at which time there will no longer be confusion about what is a true certified professional pilots watch.
The new Sinn EZM 10 TESTAF DIAPAL was tested and certified to the "Technical Standard for Pilot's Watches" (TESTAF) by the Aachen University of Applied Sciences.
This establishes its suitability for professional use as a pilot's watch, and includes a certificate and the "TESTAF" quality seal on the dial.
Summary of Technologies
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.
Take a look at these specs, and we think you will agree this watch sets a new standard for pilot's watches:
- Tested and certified to the Technical Standard for Pilot's Watches (TESTAF) by the Aachen University of Applied Sciences
- Sinn SZ-01 calibre
- Centrally mounted elapsed chronograph hand
- Case made in-house of Tegimented titanium by Sinn's case manufacture in Glashutte, Germany
- 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
- DIAPAL oil free escapement with nano-technology
- Flush chronograph pusher mounts
- Dual color SuperLuminova
- 5 year limited manufacturer's warranty
The Sinn EZM 10 TESTAF is the first watch worldwide that been tested and certified to the new Technical Standard for Pilot's Watches (TESTAF). Each watch will be shipped with a special signed certificate indicating that this watch bears a serial number which is within the range of those watches approved by TESTAF.
However, Sinn didn't want to make just a pilot's watch. They also wanted to make the most technologically advanced Mission Timer (EZM) to date, by including an extensive range of additional features.
To start, at the heart of this chronograph is the all new Sinn SZ-01 movement, which features a center-mounted 60 second stopwatch hand.
This special technical feature yields two benefits: first, 60 minutes are now counted in one sweep of the hand instead of the usual 30 minutes, and second, the minute stop scale covers the entire diameter of the dial meaning that the measured times can be read off immediately.
Additionally, the chronograph hands are luminous, and thus perfectly visible even in the dark. This function is complemented by an all-new minute-ratcheting sapphire pilot's bezel, which allows for the numerals indices and main maker to all be lumed.
Tegimented Titanium - A First
Also in use for the first time is a fully-tegimented case made entirely of high-strength titanium at Sinn's case making manufacture in Glashutte, Germany. The Tegiment process, Sinn's patented case-hardening technology, was previously available only to those watches which featured a stainless steel case, which is quite heavy in comparison to titanium.
As a large watch, the Sinn EZM 10 TESTAF would need to be light enough for daily wear, yet also tough enough to resist scratching in an often cramped and busy cockpit environment, and thus the process to Tegiment titanium was invented.
Th EZM 10 and EZM 9 are the only such watches in Sinn's current production to feature Tegimented titanium.
The watch is water resistant to 200 meters, and features a black calf-leather strap with water-resistant backing and orange stitching.
This new watch features the very latest construction of Sinn's patented DIAPAL oil free escapement.
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, "Diamantpaletten”) 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.