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Agreed....kind of "jarring" as frilly said, but somehow yes, I think it works.

Hard to make a Red Sub look bad!

Another one of those "bucket list" watches.
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Red Subs kick a$$!!!

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@bkotsko - you could do a whole lot worse than that Sinn.

I'm not an owner, but I've heard/read plenty of good things.
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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post
 

So I am thinking of a beater watch that I can bang around.

Anyone have any thoughts on the Sinn 556A shown below:

I am not really looking for a poor man's Explorer 1 or Tudor Ranger.

I guess I want something that is the right size (it is 38.5mm) for me that will take a beating and look classic for pretty much ever.

For the price (~$1K), it just seems unbeatable.

I used to own one of these, and I got tired of the dated look with the big numbers. Sinn does make a quality product, but they are getting expensive for what they are. 

 

I would go with the 556i in this range:

 

 

This and the U1 are highly original designs that work. The rest, meh. 

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I'm thinking of getting a leather and/or suede strap for my Explorer 1 but don't know where to start. Has anyone seen any particular straps or materials that look good with an Explorer?

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Linen Snow frake dial so nice
Edited by Mr. Moo - 8/28/14 at 3:10pm
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Borrowed from the Watchuseek forum. Pardon the Engrish...

 

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^^^ I need to visit the Seiko boutique a few blocks from me in NYC.
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Maybe that's a reason I like it; for a modern watch, especially an all-rounder with sporty heritage, 36mm is a modest size, and as lovely as the Air King is, going a little smaller just doesn't quite fit what I'm looking for.  The slightly more bulbous case on the modern version is brilliantly proportioned with the bracelet IMHO, and I think really hits a sweet spot between subtle and understated for work, but enough presence to wear with a polo shirt at the weekend.  Anyway, each to his own.

I don't know, mimo. Today's 34mm Air King, with its thicker case and lugs, looks almost identical in size to a 36mm Explorer. I don't think the 34/36mm difference isn't that great on the wrist anymore:

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

^^^ I need to visit the Seiko boutique a few blocks from me in NYC.

Definitery!
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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post

I used to own one of these, and I got tired of the dated look with the big numbers. Sinn does make a quality product, but they are getting expensive for what they are. 

I would go with the 556i in this range:




This and the U1 are highly original designs that work. The rest, meh. 

If you're going to buy a new Sinn, do it now because their prices go up on Sept 1.

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Originally Posted by TheWraith View Post

I don't know, mimo. Today's 34mm Air King, with its thicker case and lugs, looks almost identical in size to a 36mm Explorer. I don't think the 34/36mm difference isn't that great on the wrist anymore:


It actually makes a difference, just tried on the blue OP and the blue AK and the OP is already too small for my liking and the AK looks even more puny.
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Originally Posted by Dachshund View Post

Jeepers. So let's say i'm at Heathrow, travelling to US on business. I buy myself a Rolex at the duty free. If I arrive in the US and they find the box in my hand luggage they take my watch from me? Not just a case of paying some duty; they actually take the watch??!

No, you may have missed my earlier post. You can personally import I think up to 2 Rolex watches if they are for your personal use. If you declare them, you pay whatever customs assesses the fee as. If you try to hide it in luggage to avoid customs duties or fees, most likely there will be additional fees and/or penalties.

You cannot ship it into the US. If you get caught shipping it via mail/FedEx/UPS/DHL, etc and they catch you, they confiscate the watch/watches.
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Originally Posted by Tried and True View Post

I've seen instances where the "mistake" provenance has added value to an item.

Generally where mistakes add value its on dials. The mistake is not something as easy to repair/replace as a bezel. The example that comes to mind is the Explorer blackout dial (when no white ink was used in the 3,6,9 numerals). Or it was something when UV exposure changed the dial color such as on the cream dial Ex2 16550 or the 16520 Patrizzi dials, prior to the dials being revised so there was no color change.

I don't see putting Sub bezels on SDs as significant/value enhancing. Not to mention I'd never pay a premium. With random serials it's impossible to know if it was authentic since you won't know the range within which it could have happened, or if someone in Europe or Asia (its easier to get extra spare parts there than in the US) bought an extra Sub bezel & swapped it for the original in order to try to get a premium when selling it.
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^^^ thanks - makes sense - would be totally unfair to confiscate one personal watch! D
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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post

I used to own one of these, and I got tired of the dated look with the big numbers. Sinn does make a quality product, but they are getting expensive for what they are. 

I would go with the 556i in this range:




This and the U1 are highly original designs that work. The rest, meh. 

Large numbers look dated? Hell no. I think both are very nice and, as you said, highly original. But yes, I'd also take the 556i.
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Borrowed from the Watchuseek forum. Pardon the Engrish...



Oh my. Have any of you seen the Hodinkee video on the NYC store opening? The head of Seiko also speaks interesting English. (Phew, that was hard to resist)
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