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NEW: Sinn 356 Pilot Classic Anniversary

One of the German brand’s most popular chronographs celebrates its 25th anniversary with an ode to the art of fine watchmaking

The greatest successes are often random, unplanned, and completely unexpected, and this is especially true of the 356 series.

In 1996, Sinn decided to launch a slimmer version of the 256 pilot chronograph, without a rotating bezel, for the Japanese market. This release was notable for its ‘FLIEGER’ imprint on a matte black dial, bead-blasted stainless-steel case, and shock-resistant acrylic glass. It also came with the Valjoux 7760 hand-wound movement.

The first 356 model was a resounding success, convincing Sinn to introduce the chronograph as part of its collection in 1998. Key characteristics established at the time continue to dictate its parameters to this day—which is a clear, classically elegant aesthetic, where form takes a backseat to function and readability.

Naturally, the anniversary model marks the occasion with several unique features. For the first time, the dial is decorated with the words ‘FLIEGER KLASSIK’ at six o’clock. Directly opposite is the Sinn logo as an appliqué at 12 o’clock. Look out also for the bicompax arrangement of the silver matte counters on the anthracite electroplated dial. 

These are complemented by luminous rhodium-plated hands, and the anthracite-coloured small seconds and 30-minute stopwatch. There’s also a fine-minute dial, divided into quarters of a second, for fast recording of short-time measurement. Meanwhile, the sapphire crystal on both sides of the case is ground out of a solid blank that is around 5mm thick with five different curvature radii before it is carefully polished. 

The 356 Pilot Classic Anniversary is driven by a high-precision mechanical movement that guarantees an improved power reserve of over 56 hours. Release in a limited run of 500 units, the watch is housed in a smartly appointed case with two interchangeable straps made from nubuck boar leather.


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