Verified Owner Comments: Great time piece, sizing very easy of the bracelet due to provide tools by Sinn.
Great customer service and fast shipping. Will be doing business again with watchbuys in the future
"Worth the wait"
Verified Owner Comments: I researched the new Rolex Explorer and ran into the Sinn 556a. Great dial layout. Very small date window that doesn’t disturb the dial’s symmetry. Vey solid bracelet.
The dial is super legible at night in minimal light. It took a while to restock but now that I have the watch it was worth the wait.
Verified Owner Comments: Attracted by the minimal dial and absolute sweet (for me anyway) spot of the 38mm size. Not disappointed, its a nicely executed and engineered piece.
Very happy with this watch
Verified Owner Comments: Purchased my Sinn 556A two weeks ago and it has been on my wrist ever since and will be my daily wear for the foreseeable future that is until I buy another Sinn. The watch is pure German engineering at its finest. The black matte dial with luminous Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9, and 12 has to be the most legible of all the watches I own or have owned including the Rolex Explorer.
Incidentally the overall build quality, the 200 meter water resistance, antimagnetic, and shock resistance, screw down crown, make this a very good alternative to the Explorer. It is every bit as good. The movement is keeping time to within chronometer specs without actually being a chronometer certified movement. The sapphire crystal is AR coated on both the outside and on the inside. The execution case back includes a sapphire crystal as well.
The Sinn H link bracelet is extremely sturdy with hex screws making link removal a breeze. The most important aspect of a good watch is it’s dependability, accuracy, and legibility. Add to that the fact that it’s made by Sinn and you have in my opinion one of the best choices for an everyday wear piece.
I am delighted!
Verified Owner Comments: Awesome watch, and excellent customer service. Communication was detailed and watch arrived super fast. Thanks
"A Classic Understated Tool Watch"
Verified Owner Comments: I can't say enough good things about this watch in the short time I've had it. The 556a version seems to have been lost in the limelight recently compared to the the I version, which has gotten a lot of press, but in my opinion it totally stands on its own, and deserves any attention it gets.
The matte dial with markers at 12/3/6/9 is just incredibly legible, and has some explorer notes without being a homage. It has its own identity with its clear links to Sinn's aeronautical past, and that design heritage really shines in this simple layout. I got this watch as a go anywhere/do anything model, and can't wait to wear it fishing, in the backcountry, and anywhere else it ends up with me.
So far it looks like it will fill the bill, and I'm totally excited to see how it stands up!
"12 3 6 9 is perfection"
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Verified Owner Comments: Quality watch with awesome finishing. Easy to read and a great size. I thought it may be to small for my 7 1/4 inch wrist. Has good presence and very comfortable.
Watchbuys offers good customer service and fast shipping. Highly recommend
"Sinn 556 A H-bracelet"
Verified Owner Comments: Perfect watch. Excellent customer service.
"A few improvements..."
Verified Owner Comments: Overall, a great watch! Great case and bracelet finishing, great dial legibility due to the AR coating and large indices, numerals, and hands. The 200 M WR and antimagnetic aspect really make this a daily wearer. However, Sinn came up a bit short due to the cost of the watch. For instance, there are independent/micro brands out there using higher end movements, and much better Lume, for an equivalent price.
Personally, I believe a tool watch, which is using subpar Lume, is not acceptable. Lume isn't nearly as expensive as other technical details (e.g., antimagnetic case). Thus, a few more improvements and the 556A/556I would be a hard timepiece to beat.
Verified Owner Comments: Watchbuys was great to buy from. Communication was superb throughout the process. My original watch had a small defect and they handled the exchange very professionally.
They shipped the next watch to me next day shipping to accommodate my schedule. I love the watch and plan to own more Sinns in the future. This one lives up to all of the hype I had read about online.
Verified Owner Comments: I highly recommend this watch and ordering with Watch Buys! You can’t go wrong with either!
"Just an honest review"
Verified Owner Comments: If you're here and reading these reviews, then you already know what this watch is and what it's about - German made, Swiss automatic movement (Sellita SW200-1). This is a no nonsense, well thought out and executed wrist watch.
I'll give my positives and negatives: Negatives: 1) The steel scratches pretty easily, especially the clasp. That said, the Germans knew this, and made provisions to deal with it. First, they offer the Tegimented version of this watch. If you're really concerned about scratches, buy this version. Second, this watch is brushed steel. A quick rub with a Scotchbrite pad and the watch looks brand new. Seriously. There's a reason there is no polishing on the steel surfaces. 2) My watch was running fast when received. It was about 2 minutes fast for every 24hrs. I took care of it myself and got it dialed in, but I wouldn't recommend doing this on your own to everyone.
Positives: 1) The sapphire crystal is fantastic. Some have complained about the AR coating on the outside getting smudged, but it wipes off easily. I mentioned the watch scratches easily, but this crystal does not. Other watches I've owned would have had a blemish in the crystal by now, but the crystal on this watch still looks like it came out of the box. I can't praise it enough. 2) The black dial is gorgeous. I'd compare it to that vanta black. 3) The watch and band are just plain solid. There is nothing cheap or thrown in as an afterthought. Everything about this watch was well engineered to make a piece that will last forever. Bottom line, I buy things to use as they were intended to use.
I don't abuse my things, I maintain and take care of them. I bought this watch to wear everyday. I am confident this watch will outlast me and be something I can pass down to my son when the time comes.
"Great Utility Watch"
Verified Owner Comments: Very comfortable, easy-to-wear watch with great legibility and versatility. The screw-down crown feels better than those on watches costing many times more. I am glad I chose the bracelet option as it is incredibly well made and easy to size. This watch fits quite well on my 6.5 wrist.
I also am impressed with the buying experience with Watchbuys. I will be a repeat customer.
"Quality far exceeds the price!"
Verified Owner Comments: I have been eyeing Sinn for over a year now. During this year, I have contemplated many other watches under $2000 dollars. I am a 3rd year law student and will soon be an attorney. I wanted a watch that could be worn everyday: casual, business, and sporty. I also wanted a watch with heritage and quality, that I wouldn't be embarrassed to wear around other established attorneys and judges, who own high end luxury watches.
My current grail watch is the Rolex Explorer, which I feel is the perfect everyday watch. But, after purchasing the Sinn 556 I am now in no hurry to save up the money to pursue the Rolex Explorer. The Sinn 556 scratches that itch for the man who wants a true everyday watch. It has the perfect blend of luxury quality and the robust build that inspires you to wear this watch everyday and in every occasion. I highly recommend it.
I will not be selling this watch, even when I purchase the Rolex Explorer one day. 5 stars! Cheers Gents!
"556a a year in"
Verified Owner Comments: I have other watches, but this one always finds its way on my wrist. It's the definition of a daily driver.
"Worth every penny"
Verified Owner Comments: One amazing thing from buying from watchbuys is I got this baby the next day at no extra charge, love the feel of the bracelet, the crown is buttery smooth and it's keeping time at about 1.2 seconds per day.
"The Quintessential Aviator's Watch"
Verified Owner Comments: As a professional pilot, I've found the 556A to be the quintessential pilot's watch: accurate, legible, reliable. It operates well within chronometer specs, rarely off by more than about a second per day placing it either dial-up or crown-up at night allows a degree of simple regulation, too.
The spartan face offers only the information I need, time and date, in perfectly contrasting black & white. The flat dial of the 556A offers absolutely no reflections and the date, though smaller than the 556I's, is highly legible. (Farsighted, I'd been concerned about the date, but I found it sufficiently legible when holding my wrist out with the low-power readers I fly with, it's perfectly legible.) The small, deep date window makes for a pleasantly symmetrical dial, while adding to the watch's utilitarian character.
When duty calls, the 20 ATM water resistance permits wearing it in driving rain without concern. Finally, my 556A is on the steel H bracelet, which balances the watch nicely, compliments the dial, adds the ease of a deployant clasp and adjusts perfectly to my small wrist. In summary, the 556A is everything I need and nothing I don't. It is an understated, no-nonsense tool that doesn't scream for attention it's the sort of thing a professional wears.
It performs every bit as well, if not better than, an IWC and others, at a fraction of the cost to acquire and, when eventually necessary, maintain. That it lacks a copper sulfate capsule is a plus for me simple is best. And while it's not scratch-proof, the modest signs of wear it's acquired only add character and serve as a reminder of missions flown and challenges met.
Watches don't come any better.
"Astounded at this tool watch"
Verified Owner Comments: right out of the box, it is all the hype and support behind. solid out of the box, attractive build, screams tool watch. immediately became one of my favorites.
"Top notch watch and top notch customer service!"
Verified Owner Comments: I’ve been interested in the Sinn 556A ever since I first saw a picture of it. Once I read the specs and reviews I knew I had to have it.
The ordering experience through WatchBuys was flawless and they answered every question I had. Once I placed the order my watch was delivered to me the next day.
Getting the watch in person has exceeded all my expectations and is now my only watch in the collection. The build quality is superb and the top grade movement is extremely accurate and beautiful to look at. I highly recommend this watch even if you just like the looks. It will be even better in person.
The guys at WatchBuys will take care of you and provide the best customer service experience you can find.
Verified Owner Comments: Product highly exceded my expectations as did the professionalism of Watchbuy. Will definitely be a repeat customer and highly recommend the vendor.
Verified Owner Comments: Professional merchant processed my order with without delay and care. 556A is an extremely comfortable and well crafted workhorse watch. Craftmanship is in line with my watches costing 5-6 times the price. The 38.5 mm wears like a 40 mm.
Will shop WatchBuy again and Sinn as well.
Verified Owner Comments: This watch does not seem like a bottom of the range model. Bracelet is top quality, easy to adjust and designed to hold up well and fight annoying sagging over time. If you are on the fence the leather strap or the bracelet, go metal and you won't be disappointed.
The watch is mega legible. Tiny date window is tiny and subtle. If you wear reading glasses it is tough to see. Think of it as a date window for those that don't like date windows. You see it if you REALLY want to, otherwise it's just a beautifully functional flat black dial. Watch size at 38.5 sounds small. But the big black dial makes is look and feel more like 40mm.
If you are worried about the smaller size, it does not seem small on the the wrist. I have a basic medium sized 7.5 wrist and it looks and sits well. Slides on dress shirt cuffs nicely. I am not sure what Sinn does to the ETA 2824, but it is keeping great time. Over the the 18 weeks I've had it has averaged +/- 4 seconds per day. And over the last 6 weeks it is within +/- 1.5 seconds per day. I've had this same ETA movement in several other watches and they've been good and reliable, but closer to +/- 10 seconds per day. Anyhow, so far this watch is keeping great time.
I realize Watchbuys is the only authorized web dealer for these in the USA. They run a great operation and somehow give you amazing personal service in the internet age. Friendly phone calls to answer any questions are cheerfully welcomed to help you decide. A++ service.
"Never happier to be a Sinner!"
Verified Owner Comments: I received my 556 A a few weeks ago and could be happier with my purchase and experience with Watchbuys! I got it with the bracelet and it is top notch quality! I highly recommend this watch to anyone who is thinking of making the leap into Sinn watches.
Also a huge thanks to Watchbuys for a smooth and fast transaction!
"Exactly what I expected"
Verified Owner Comments: I expected this to be an excellent, straightforward watch and that's exactly what I got. I'm glad I went with the numeral version, for me it's more interesting visually and I love the balance of the dial with the date so easily ignored (until you want to see it).
Verified Owner Comments: I am very pleased with the transaction.
Very professional service staff on the phone. Watch arrived the next day. Great communication by email throughout including the tracking. Very happy with the watch itself.
Packed thoroughly and in perfect condition. Recommended.
"Ultimate Everyday Tool Watch"
Verified Owner Comments: This is probably the most most iconic watch you can by new for under $2,000. It's from a well respected brand in Sinn and the model itself is a distilled version of the brand's famous design aesthetic and really gives you one of THE quintessential modern German sports watches for an extremely affordable price tag.
"My 556 A - 5 year report"
Verified Owner Comments: Love it. I've been wearing my 556 A daily for 5 years now. It still keeps great time and is due for a service but has never had one so far. I wear it for all occasions, including outdoor work and other activities. It's suffered some dings over the years, but that just proves it's a very capable and durable timepiece.
It really is a solid choice if you don't care for the bead blasted case or the other advanced features - or if you just want to go the economical route as opposed to getting the also very capable and slightly more expensive 856.
Verified Owner Comments: This watch is great quality and the legibility is top notch. Being someone is is near sighted and uses glasses, I can read the time on this watch without my glasses, compared to my other watches that I either need them for or need to bring the watch closer. The watch design is very simple yet elegant.
The movement is something to admire, I find myself starting at it constantly.
Verified Owner Comments: 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"
Verified Owner Comments: 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 the money for the Nomos Metro I know where I'll be buying it.
"556a / WatchBuys"
Verified Owner Comments: 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.
Verified Owner Comments: 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.
Verified Owner Comments: 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.