The U1 was the first Sinn model I discovered. What strikes you at once when you have a look at the U1 are the hands. Some people like them and some people don’t. I don’t like them. They don’t mess up the legibility or anything they just look weird. But I like the rest of the design and especially the extra hardened u-boat steel and the 1000m depth rating. Also the price feels reasonable. Or at least it did a couple of years ago. I think the price has increased quite a lot the last years but I can be wrong.
|Product image of the Sinn U1. (borrowed from Sinnwatches.de)|
I came across a used one without the bracelet in January 2010 and bought it immediately. I might have been a little hasty because it turned out the watch came with a rubber band that had been shortened and it was way too tight for my wrist. So I bought a couple of 22mm nato straps to achieve some tooliness. Well, that didn’t work out at all. The U1 is not designed to be put on a nato and has a sharp edge between the lugs towards the case back. It wore high and didn’t feel good at all. Putting it on a zulu looks ridiculous. My watch still had the ETA 2824-2 movement inside. The U1's manufactured today are equipped with Selitta movements.
|#22 – Sinn U1. (pictures taken by previous owner)|
|(pictures taken by previous owner)|
I was really disappointed that I couldn’t wear the U1 properly and instead of searching for a new rubber or a bracelet I put it out for sale saying I could take a Marathon SAR as a part trade. I got a fish on the hook and sold the U1 and got a Marathon SAR as a part trade.
I’ve only had one other Sinn apart from the U1 one but there are so many more models that I want to try. I’ve lately been looking out for an 856 UTC, an EZM3 or a U1 SDR. I will most certain pick one up in the near future.