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Sinn 104 - A Dilemma of Elegance: Black or White?

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In the realm of precision timekeeping, the Sinn 104 emerges as a beacon of German engineering and horological excellence. Crafted by the renowned Sinn brand, this exceptional watch blends functionality, style, and reliability. While universally praised for its design and craftsmanship, the age-old watch enthusiasts' dilemma lingers: Black or White? In this exploration, we dissect the intricate details of both versions, uncovering the distinctions that make each rendition distinctly captivating.

Before delving into the fascinating quandary of colour, let's first appreciate the inherent brilliance of the Sinn 104 itself. As part of Sinn's Instrument Watches series, the Sinn 104 pays homage to traditional Pilot watches, boasting a striking aesthetic coupled with cutting-edge functionality. Its 41mm stainless steel case exudes a robust yet refined aura, adorned with a captivating pilot's bezel that can be rotated in both directions. Since its inception in 2013, the 104 remains a solid choice for those who know their watches.

Black Excellence: The Sinn 104 St Sa

Sinn 104 St Sa
Sinn 104 St Sa. Credit: @realwatchbrothers

 
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Sinn 104 St Sa I Automatic Sports Watch - Black Dial - Solid Bracelet
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Sinn 104 St Sa I Automatic Sports Watch - White Dial - Solid Bracelet
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Sinn 104 St Sa I Automatic Sports Watch - Black Dial - Solid Bracelet

The Sinn 104 St Sa (black variant) is a visual masterpiece that embraces a profound sense of sophistication. The matte black dial, adorned with stark white indices and numerals, delivers a captivating contrast. This monochromatic elegance not only enhances readability but also imparts a timeless allure to the timepiece.

The simplistic dial design resonates with me, and I like the choice of dial option, whether Arabic numerals (my personal favourite) or stick markers. The full lumed Syringe hands aid the dial's legibility and overall, the watch's proportions are on point.

Sinn 104 St SaSinn 104 St Sa. Credit: @realwatchbrothers

In the heart of the black variant lies the SW 220-1 automatic movement, an embodiment of precision and reliability. This Swiss-made movement ensures accurate timekeeping and boasts a power reserve of up to 38 hours. The boxed day and date function at 3 o'clock adds practicality to the watch's aesthetic appeal.

The black version of the Sinn 104 symbolises versatility. Whether you're diving into the depths of the ocean or soaring through the skies, its robust design, coupled with a water resistance of up to 200 metres, makes it a steadfast companion for any adventure.

White Radiance: The Sinn 104 St Sa I W

Sinn 104 St Sa I W
Sinn 104 St Sa I W. Credit: @realwatchbrothers

 
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£1,790.00
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£1,790.00
Sinn 104 St Sa I Automatic Sports Watch - White Dial - Solid Bracelet
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£1,790.00
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£1,790.00
Sinn 104 St Sa I Automatic Sports Watch - Black Dial - Solid Bracelet
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£1,790.00
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£1,790.00
Sinn 104 St Sa I Automatic Sports Watch - White Dial - Solid Bracelet

Contrasting its ebony counterpart, the Sinn 104 St Sa I W (white variant) offers a distinctive charm that resonates with those who appreciate a brighter, more classical aesthetic. The white dial, adorned with contrasting black indices and numerals, exudes a sense of purity and sophistication.

Underneath the pristine facade lies the same SW 220-1 automatic movement, ensuring that the Sinn 104 St Sa I maintains the same level of precision and reliability as its black sibling. The day and date function remains at 3 o'clock, seamlessly integrated into the overall design. The silky-smooth bidirectional bezel doesn’t just click around, there’s a definitive snap to the next position. It’s German engineering at its best. Unlike traditional diver's bezels that count upwards, this exceptional piece features a countdown version, positioning the 55 at 1 o’clock instead of the more commonly seen 11 o’clock.

Sinn 104 St Sa I W
Sinn 104 St Sa. Credit: @realwatchbrothers

The white variant, with its timeless appeal, brings a refreshing elegance to the Sinn 104 collection. It's a statement piece that effortlessly transitions from formal occasions to casual settings, making it a versatile choice for those who seek a watch that complements various styles.

**Deciding Factors: Aesthetics and Occasion**

Choosing between the black and white Sinn 104 essentially boils down to a personal choice and the occasions for which you envision wearing this horological marvel. The black variant, with its bold and assertive demeanour, is ideal for those who lean towards a more adventurous and rugged style. Whether you're a seasoned diver or an aviator exploring the skies, the black Sinn 104 is a fitting companion.

On the other hand, the white variant introduces a touch of classic refinement. Its understated elegance makes it suitable for formal events and everyday wear. It seamlessly integrates into both professional and casual settings, showcasing a versatile character that adapts to diverse occasions.

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Sinn 104 St Sa and St Sa I W. Credit: WatchGecko.

 
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Sinn 104 St Sa I Automatic Sports Watch - Metallic Green Dial - Solid Bracelet
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Sinn 104 St Sa I Automatic Sports Watch - Anthracite Dial - Solid Bracelet
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Sinn 104 St Sa I Automatic Sports Watch - Blue Dial - Solid Bracelet

Strap Options: Tailoring to Your Taste

Beyond the colour dilemma, the Sinn 104 offers a range of strap options that allow you to further customise your timepiece. Whether you opt for the stainless-steel bracelet, vintage-style leather, 1973 British Military, or robust rubber, each choice accentuates the watch's character, providing a personalised touch to your Sinn 104. Both timepieces will look starkly different on a coloured strap, add your individuality and be bold, these watches will thank you for it.

Sinn 104 St Sa. Credit: @realwatchbrothers
Sinn 104 St Sa. Credit: @realwatchbrothers

 
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Brixham Special Buckle Classic Leather Watch Strap - Red
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1973 British Military Watch Strap: 328 MARINE - Tactical - Red
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Radstock Vintage Genuine Leather Watch Strap - Vintage Red

There is much more to these watches than just style, though. With a 200m water resistance rating, either of these would be perfect for diving, as they are well made and won't let you down. The H link bracelet works well, and the polished centre links match the case perfectly. It’s easily adjusted with thick hex screws and won't move unnecessarily.  The Sapphire Case back, showcasing the signed Sinn gold rotor, adds a decorative touch to these exceptional watches.

Sinn 104 St Sa
Sinn 104. Credit: @realwatchbrothers

 
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Vintage Highley Genuine Leather Watch Strap - Light Brown
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Final Verdict: A Matter of Preference

In the end, the decision between the Sinn 104 St. and Sinn 104 I rests on individual preferences. Both iterations embody the essence of Sinn's commitment to quality and functionality. The black variant exudes boldness and resilience, while the white variant offers timeless elegance and versatility. There isn't really a right or wrong choice with the Sinn 104, once you try one on, you’re more than likely to want to feel compelled to own one. One thing to note, it will wear smaller, it does feel more like a 39mm, which I personally really like.

Whichever Sinn 104 you choose, be it the assertive black or the classic white, you're not just acquiring a timekeeping instrument; you're investing in a piece of horological artistry that seamlessly marries form and function. So, the dilemma persists: Black or White? The answer lies in your unique style, preferences, and the occasions that define your journey.

Sinn 104 St Sa I W
Sinn 104 St Sa I W. Credit: @realwatchbrothers

For now, my vote will go to the white 104 l, purely as I don’t have a white-faced watch in my collection, I think this would fit in perfectly and would be an absolute strap monster. But hey, its subjective. So regardless of my thoughts, try one on for yourself and see which one you prefer. Let me know in the comments if you’ve found out for yourself already!

Specifications:

  • Case: 316L Stainless Steel Polished
  • Movement: Swiss Sellita SW 220-1 automatic, self-winding, hacking seconds, 38-hour power reserve, 28,800 bph.
  • Water Resistance: 200m (660ft) / 20ATM
  • Crown: Screw-down crown
  • Bezel: 60-Click Bidirectional Rotating Bezel
  • Dial: matte black dial with Swiss Superluminova
  • Hands: Syringe hands with Swiss Superluminova
  • Crystal: sapphire crystal with Anti-Reflective coating
  • Bracelet: 316L Stainless steel
  • Case size: 41mm
  • Case thickness: 11.9.mm with glass
  • Lug size: 20mm
  • Case Back: Sapphire Case Back

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About the Author: Neil Cody

I’m one half of the WatchBrothers and am passionate about horology and everything watch related. I love to collect vintage divers from 60’s to 80’s. My collection is a reflection on me. Well worn, has a few minor imperfections, in need of a service and has a great story to tell. Through my writing, I aim to convey the genuine love I have for this journey.

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