Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby bedlam » January 18th 2013, 3:55am

Took the U1 for a spin today with some buddies.

Thoughts? Legibility is off the scale. My read-at-a-glance king in the water had been the Halios Laguna...but this is better. Really impressed. The bezel action is good - easy to use and doesn't seem likely to shift at all. The Sinn rubber is a POS for diving in - doesn't fit without the extension and the extension is too long for a 5mm suit + 2mm gloves at even 20m. It was slipping around all over the place. I'll put it on a BC317 next time.

Pics from the dive at Cape Francis, Western Australia;

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There's a lobster hiding in there...
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Poor shot of a huge cuttlefish as he was escaping into the dark. His head was bigger than mine.
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A school of Stripeys (yup, imaginative name) was going past and then turned straight at me and then swam around us. Cool.
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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby eddiea » January 18th 2013, 5:23am

Dude, it doesn't get any better than that , love the tegimented bezel and the U-Boat SS case...Sinn is a winner in my book...
Still we appreciate some goddanm Australian sharks in the pic , forget about a great white, I settle for a silver tip at this point .....
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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby bedlam » January 18th 2013, 5:29am

We didn't use a shark shield or anything...the lazy bastards just can't be bothered to come and take a chunk out of my weathered old Aussie rear.
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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby eddiea » January 18th 2013, 5:42am

bedlam wrote:We didn't use a shark shield or anything...the lazy bastards just can't be bothered to come and take a chunk out of my weathered old Aussie rear.

Forgot to ask you, do you have a clear pic of the Laguna underwater ? just to compare...
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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby bedlam » January 18th 2013, 5:53am

The Laguna is an excellent dive watch.

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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby eddiea » January 18th 2013, 6:09am

Damn close for sure...... Image
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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby Falstaff » January 18th 2013, 6:58am

Not a big dive watch guy, but that 'un looks pretty serious.

As to the pix - I see a lotta potential sammiches.
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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby Horse Feathers » January 18th 2013, 8:00am

Very cool Bedlam, noticed your photo in the WRUW thread today and thought that was one of the best "wrist shots" I have seen.

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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby Kahuna74 » January 18th 2013, 10:23am

Some beautiful shots for sure. I think I like the looks of the Sinn a little better than the Laguna.
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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby AntFarm » January 18th 2013, 2:02pm

Beautiful pictures. I can not even imagine how cool it must have been when all the stripeys came swimming at you.
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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby bedlam » January 18th 2013, 4:13pm

Thanks guys.

I thought Stripeys might have gone Piranha for a brief moment...but they adopted us and swum around with as as a school for a while. Who knows what's in a fishes mind
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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby codguy » January 18th 2013, 5:45pm

Sorry for the hijack but what camera/set up did you use for the under water pics ?
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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby bedlam » January 18th 2013, 6:12pm

codguy wrote:Sorry for the hijack but what camera/set up did you use for the under water pics ?

Its an el cheapo setup :-)

Canon Ixus 220HS for $200 and a Canon WP-DC41 waterproof housing for $250

It works pretty well and is compact. The camera senses its in the housing and automatically goes into its underwater program mode. The flash is underpowered for serious use though.


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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby bedlam » January 20th 2013, 5:30pm

This is the Sinn U1 clasp after 2 dives, it didn't fair well. It started out essentially unmarked Image

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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby themadhungarian » February 16th 2013, 7:32am

Would you take my Hexa on a dive and do a comparison thread? I will pay all shipping costs to and from Oz. Considering the obvious nod to Sinn in the Hexa (with a few notable differences) and its Japanese movement, I think a comparison thread would be a legitimate apples to apples review. Let me know and I will send out the Hexa.

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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby bedlam » February 16th 2013, 5:34pm

themadhungarian wrote:Would you take my Hexa on a dive and do a comparison thread? I will pay all shipping costs to and from Oz. Considering the obvious nod to Sinn in the Hexa (with a few notable differences) and its Japanese movement, I think a comparison thread would be a legitimate apples to apples review. Let me know and I will send out the Hexa.

If you want Anthony. Diving is a vigorous activity and things can get banged on (though I have learned how to keep the watch-head out of troubles way for the most part). If you are very keen to get under-water shots and willing to pay for transit and take the risk of damage to the watch, then I am happy to oblige.

I have a small queue forming it would seem. Todd Caldwell (Aegir Watches) wants me to take the CD-2 for a spin to get some pics too.

Maybe I could retire from work and dive other people's watches full-time!! Image
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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby wottime » February 16th 2013, 8:43pm

That Sinn looks great. Those pics are fantastic. Very nice. Great thread.
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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby Horse Feathers » February 17th 2013, 5:01pm

I commented earlier in this thread but just wanted to add that it's nice to see someone use a dive watch for what it was designed to use. I'll admit to being a big Dive watch fan but doubt any of my better watches have ever seen water (I don't even like having my watches in the rain)
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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby bedlam » February 17th 2013, 10:37pm

If I was too scared to dive with it I just wouldn't buy it. The exception is a watch I have bought but don't see to be bonding with and expect to flip. Otherwise, drive it like you stole it is my motto Image

Even then, I'm not really that hard on my watches. I dove with my last BFK and later flipped it. The buyer left very complimentary feedback saying it looked like the watch had never even been worn.
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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby bedlam » February 18th 2013, 12:57am

eddiea wrote:Dude, it doesn't get any better than that , love the tegimented bezel and the U-Boat SS case...Sinn is a winner in my book...
Still we appreciate some goddanm Australian sharks in the pic , forget about a great white, I settle for a silver tip at this point .....

I found one...a pic from a dive a while back at Rottnest Island of a Grey Nurse is the best I can do. It had a youngun tagging along but I think it is out of frame on that pic.

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Re: Sinn U1 in the Big Blue

Postby themadhungarian » February 19th 2013, 11:39am

bedlam wrote:
themadhungarian wrote:Would you take my Hexa on a dive and do a comparison thread? I will pay all shipping costs to and from Oz. Considering the obvious nod to Sinn in the Hexa (with a few notable differences) and its Japanese movement, I think a comparison thread would be a legitimate apples to apples review. Let me know and I will send out the Hexa.

If you want Anthony. Diving is a vigorous activity and things can get banged on (though I have learned how to keep the watch-head out of troubles way for the most part). If you are very keen to get under-water shots and willing to pay for transit and take the risk of damage to the watch, then I am happy to oblige.

I have a small queue forming it would seem. Todd Caldwell (Aegir Watches) wants me to take the CD-2 for a spin to get some pics too.

Maybe I could retire from work and dive other people's watches full-time!! Image


Pics are great, but I am more interested in a brutally honest performance review. Hexa bills this watch as a true dive watch so I would like to know how it really stacks up against similarly built/outfitted watches. It will see plenty of hard use in a salt environment here in SC as I do a great deal of fly fishing in the salt marshes, but I would like to know how it performs under water as well. I am completely aware of the risks and I would like to proceed. Please PM me a shipping addy and I will send it out asap. Thanks!

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