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SKU: SI-485

Watch Brand: Sinn

Sinn North America

Temperature resistant all environment chronograph diver's watch
• Watch diameter (mm): 43.0
• Watch height (mm): 17.0
• Lug width (mm): 22
• Weight - head only (grams): 95
• Water resistance: 300 meters
• Case back: Transparent
• Case finish: Mixed
• Case metal: Stainless steel
• Dial color: Blue
• Front crystal: Sapphire
• Inert gas: Filled
• Copper sulphate: Capsule
• Crown system: D3 Integrated
• Movement: Automatic mechanical
• Manufacturer's limited warranty: 3 years
• Strap or bracelet: Bracelet
• Warranty service: RGM or Sinn

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Sinn 206 Arktis II on H-Link Bracelet
Sinn 206 Arktis II on H-Link Bracelet

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A Very Sad Month

We still remember the month - January, 2013.

That was the month that Sinn announced the retirement of the Sinn 203 Arktis.

The Sinn 203 Arktis had long been one of our favorite Sinn watches, ranking up there with the Sinn EZM 1.  We loved the dial, the field tests, the durability, the technologies and the build quality.

An exceptional watch, and a sad month.

A Blast From the Past!

Imagine our surprise when Sinn told us on a confidential basis that an all new Sinn Arktis II was in development - not a "re-release" of the previous model but one that took the design and technology even further.

The original Sinn 203 Arktis was introduced in 1999, so the new Sinn 206 Arktis II celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first diving chronograph to feature Temperature Resistant Technology.

Temperature Resistant Technology

When the final pieces of the Sinn 203 Arktis sold out years ago, the Arktis project did not die - it was merely "put on ice" as are all pieces in this series.

Each Sinn 206 Arktis II watch is designed to operate in temperatures ranging from -45 C to +80 C.  One of the more interesting areas of a Sinn factory tour is the refrigeration room, where all pieces of the Sinn 206 Arktis II watches are frozen to test their ability to operate at extremely low temperatures.

Open the freezer and you'll find watches covered in frost where a technician periodically wipes away the covering to test the movement of the second hand and the accuracy of the timekeeping.

Making use of Sinn's special oil 66-228 with a copper sulphate capsule, EDR seals, and a protective inert gas filling contribute to the extreme temperature resistance of this watch.

These feats of engineering are essential to a watch designed to conquer the coldest and most demanding race in the world, the Yukon Arctic Ultra.

Its signature arctic blue dial, durability in water, high altitudes, extreme cold, heat and other punishing conditions made the Sinn 206 Arktis II a "superwatch".


A Nod to the Original

The 206 Arktis II differs from the original Sinn 203 Arktis in a number of important ways.

First, the case is all new for Sinn, and is 43 mm rather than 41 mm.  Sinn refers to the case as a "contemporary iteration of their classic diving chronograph".

This new case is not only larger, but features a mixed finish (polished and satinized) where the original was all polished.

Finally, the case features a sapphire crystal back where the original used a solid case back as the standard option.

While the original Sinn 203 Arktis used screw down chronograph pushers to enhance water resistance, the Sinn 206 Arktis II takes advantage of Sinn's D3 System to maintain a water resistance of 300 meters without the need for screw down pushers.

Also, because of the Sinn D3 System, the chronograph may be operated underwater.

The result is an easier to use chronograph on the Sinn 206 Arktis II as the pushers are always ready to operate.  To remain as true as possible to the original design of the Sinn 203 Arktis, the pusher housings retain the screw down push piece look.

The Dial

No discussion of this watch would be complete without highlighting the dial.

Many owners of the original Sinn 203 Arktis commented that the dial was the most interesting on any watch they had owned, and it ranks among our favorite Sinn dials.

So we are obviously thrilled to have a Sinn watch with a deep blue electroplated dial with sunburst decoration back in the collection. 

This is a dial with attitude, and it is the spirit of the Arktis.

The 206 Arktis II is built for commercial and military operations in extreme alpine/high-altitude settings.  Sinn's Dehumidifying Technology prevents moisture intrusion in virtually any environment.  

The stainless steel construction is corrosion resistant and is slow to assume the surrounding ambient temperature.

Automatic winding mechanical chronograph movement with power reserve of 42 hours. Functions include hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds, date, day and complete chronograph functions.

Other features of this watch include:

  • Stainless steel case - polished and satinized
  • Electroplated blue dial, finished with a sunburst decoration
  • Water resistant to 300 meters
  • Dehumidification system
  • D3 System (tubeless)
  • Chronograph may be operated underwater
  • Screwed diver's bezel with minute ratcheting
  • Sapphire crystal on both sides
  • Low pressure resistant
  • SuperLuminova on numerals and hands

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

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Because we are the official and authorized North American Sinn distributor and importer, 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

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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 click here for instructions on returning your watch to Sinn in Germany.

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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.

DIN 8330 / 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) and DIN 8330 were originally 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 DIN 8330 / TESTAF Series


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Fantastic piece of kit.

"Fantastic piece of kit."

Verified Owner Comments: I’ve admired the Arktis model for awhile and when Sinn brought it back, I finally pulled the trigger. I was concerned about the size on paper but the watch wears really well on my 7” wrist. Has a lot of wrist presence without being too over the too.

Dial on this model is really the star of the show, however. Just a beautiful shade of blue that shifts color in different light. Dial is extremely legible and lune is very good. I would say the only real weakness of this watch is the stamped old school clasp which is functional but could be improved at this price point. Time keeping has been excellent. Really pleased with the watch.