Verified Owner Comments: First, props to WatchBuys for great service. The one I wanted required replacing the leather bracelet with the steel one, which they did for me. All my questions were asked.
The watch itself is very good. Size is great, not too small, not too big for a 6 foot tall man with moderate thickness wrists. So far it's been quite accurate. It exudes quality without being too noticeable and loud. My only wish is for somewhat brighter lume. I can't see the numbers well by 5 am or so, although my eyesight is not that great so maybe it's just my eyes.
Overall, understated elegance of this watch works great for me.
"Professional Tool Watch"
Verified Owner Comments: I bought the 856A for daily wear in my job as a pilot. It more than fits the bill great esthetics and exceptional build quality. Very pleased with the Watchbuy experience, I highly recommend them.
Verified Owner Comments: My husband has been eying this watch for almost a year so I decided to surprise him with it. The watch itself is great, and again my husband did a lot of research on this so we knew what we were getting. He really loved the 856 over the 556.
The finish is really nice.
The best part about watch buys was customer service, I was hesitant to make such a large purchase on here but I will definitely use them again. They have excellent customer service and are incredibly helpful with any and all questions!
"Love my new 856"
Verified Owner Comments: Had my 856 for about 2 weeks now. It was easy to get the bracelet adjusted, runs well at just about +5/6 sec/day. I expect the tegiment treatment to keep the watch looking great for a long time and like the toned-down, utilitarian look of the watch.
The high contrast matte dial is easy to read in all light and the watch goes well in almost any situation.
Verified Owner Comments: I recently purchased a Sinn 856 from WatchBuys, and I couldn't be happier.
The customer service at time of purchase and a follow-up phone call at time of shipping was very much appreciated. The watch is beautiful, and runs great.
I'm a very happy WatchBuys customer.
"On the fence"
Verified Owner Comments: First, let me say that Watchbuys was fantastic to work with. I've never experienced customer service to this level before. Outstanding!
As far as the watch is concerned, I'm still on the fence. First off, if you're concerned that the 40mm case might be a little small, then it probably will be. It's not noticeably small on my 7.25 inch wrist, but i think 41 or 42 would do better. So far, over the last eight days, it consistently has gained 6-7 seconds a day. Hopefully it will settle in eventually. The luminescence of the face is pretty much non existent. After most of the day out in the sunlight, it is unreadable at bed time. Lastly, the tegimented finish, while apparently very tough, is also very dark. Not unattractive, but certainly even darker than I was expecting. I'm totally willing to give it plenty of time to settle in and get used to it, but after the first week, I'm not totally sold on it.
"Uniquely beautiful and useful"
Verified Owner Comments: This is a great watch and I got great service. A fine addition to anyone's collection.
"Good, But Not Great"
Verified Owner Comments: After wearing my Sinn 856 every day for over a month, I have decided to issue a report card. Possible grades are A, B, C, D or F.
Accuracy (A-) Accuracy is very good. My watch gains 3-4 seconds per day.
Bracelet and clasp (C+) Expect the bracelet to rattle and do some occasional hair pulling. Sinn should study the Omega Seamaster bracelet and clasp and produce something similar. The Seamaster bracelet is superior in every way.
Design (A) Simple and classy. Well done.
Legibility (A) The 856 is easy to read in all conditions.
Wearing comfort (B) The large crown has sharp ridges that make setting the time very easy. Unfortunately, those ridges can cause some discomfort depending on the position of the watch on your wrist.
Overall grade (B) The 856 is a well made watch with some room for improvement in the bracelet.
"Sinn 856 fully tegimented on bracelet"
Verified Owner Comments: I'm a watch guy. I wanted a quality mechanical tool watch to wear for every day use and not have to worry about it.
"Sinn 856 Tegimented on bracelet"
Verified Owner Comments: I am rough on watches - my Rolex Sea Dweller and Explorer are good watches but they scratch up easily.
"An Elegant Simple Timepiece"
Verified Owner Comments: I have had the watch for over a month now and have fallen more in love with it everyday.
I live in a fairly humid environment and the Argon inert gas dehumidifier works very well. The watch is lightweight and hasn't started to show any signs of wear or scratching. I am very hard on watches and frequently have to replace the crystal.
However, the Sinn rugged design has proved to be the perfect fit for me. I highly recommend the Sinn name to anyone that asks me about the watch.
"Best Watch I have ever owned."
Verified Owner Comments: This is my second Sinn, I bought the 556i and loved it so much I had to get it's big brother the 856 non-UTC.
The watch is superb, fit and finish as good as a Rolex, just without the shiny bling. The tegimented steel is a nice gun metal grayish color, satin finish and feels buttery to the touch. Bracelet adjusts easy and fits well and is extremely comfortable. Out of the box the watch was running +5 seconds a day, and now it has slowed down to +3, that's Chronometer range.
I can't think of any of my other watches, Rolex, Omega, Tag, Tissot, Grand Seiko, Citizens that are even close to having the quality bang for your buck that these Sinn do.
Verified Owner Comments: I chose this watch because I wanted a tough automatic for every day wear. I wanted good lume, a date function, and an easy-to-read dial. This watch delivers and then some.
Verified Owner Comments: Since first receiving the watch it has rarely left the wrist and I own a number of watches.
Timing is gradually becoming more accurate, approximately 6+ sec. per day after a week. The tegimented case and bracelet have a unique, appealing appearance and the watch fits very comfortably on my 7 1/4" wrist. The dial is everything it's written up to be: strikingly visible at all angles with a good lume application.
My only critique is with the bracelet clasp as I would like to see the ends more contoured to fit flush against the bracelet. This is a minor issue and should not deter anyone from purchasing this model.
Verified Owner Comments: Tegimented steel is more flattering in person and less "dull" than I imagined. So far (3 months) it has taken a real beating - bracelet, crystal and all. I can't find one scratch or dent.
I am an anesthesiologist and wear this daily - so far it has proven slightly more resilient than expected. The bracelet is very easy to resize with included tool. Date is easily viewable. So far it seems to run slightly fast such that I notice its 30s-1m off at end of the week. overall very happy with purchase, very happy with look of watch and decision to choose this as my primary watch
"Sinn 856 Non-UTC"
Verified Owner Comments: I bought a Sinn 656 about a year ago. It is a great watch but I wanted something a little bigger. I also managed to scratch the 656 case so I also wanted a watch with a more durable case. The 856 non-utc was the perfect next watch for me.
I had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Road Show last month so I was able to look at the watch before I bought it. The road show was a blast. I learned so much. It is nice looking at pictures on the internet but there is nothing like seeing the watches in person while being able to ask experts questions. I highly recommend the road shows.
The 856 non-utc is a simple, elegant watch that goes with everything. It is easy to read and feels just right on my wrist. The 856 has a slightly darker finish than the 656 due to the tegimented case and bracelet. I like the darker look and the tegimented steel make this a very tuff watch. I also like the larger date window on the 856. I have read that some folks do not like the placement of the date window but I think it looks balanced and is easy to read. The copper sulphate capsule and upgraded movement is icing on the cake.
I personally find that the fourth hand and sub-dail on the 856 utc clutters the dial and takes away from the clean look of the 856. Out of all the Sinn's offerings, the 856 non-utc is my favorite (at least for now).
"Must be seen and held to be appreciated!"
Verified Owner Comments: The fit and finish of this watch are excellent. I have had it for just over a week and have worn it daily.
The 856 is not too heavy and relatively thin for an automatic, so it wears comfortably (on the steel bracelet). Even as a "simple" pilots watch, others have noticed it, and commented on the watch. The dial is clean and easily read, the Tegimented steel has a brushed look to it that is definitely unique. As expected with the Sinn dual coated crystal, when clean, it is almost like nothing is covering the watch face.
Well executed, classic design that has been over-engineered (tegimented steel, antimagnetic, copper sulfate capsule for moisture control and monitoring) by Sinn into a great timepiece.