Sinn 103 HW

This Sinn 103 chronograph came in for a problem with the crown to be sorted, only a small job really but as you don’t see these very often and it’s such a gorgeous Bundeswher type chronograph it would be a sinn not to show it (geddit?)!

Sinn 103 HW

The problem was the crown had detached from the stem, not because the stem had broken or stripped but because the spring loaded section had come apart. This meant the watch couldn’t be wound or hacked to set the time.

Sinn 103 HW

Obviously the spring inside was missing and whilst a repair could be made the best solution would be to order a new crown. Or so I thought! I contacted Sinn and the UK agent to order one but heard nothing back, this went on for a while so I decided to do the next best thing and repair the original. A spring was harvested from a suitable springbar and cut to size.

Sinn 103 HW

The end of the crown ‘tube’ had to be crimped back over the hexagonal end that was still attached to the stem so as to grip the it correctly to enable winding, date and time setting. When the crown is screwed home the hexagon joining section slides away from each other and the crown then disengages from the stem and spins freely to enable it to be screwed home without forcing a fully wound mainspring. To do this accurately I used my Seitz jewelling tool fitted with a flat anvil and a lanterning tool (for tightening canon pinions). This tool allowed the tube to be creased extremely accurately and prevented to much force being used or crimping the tube to deeply which would render the crown useless.

Sinn 103 HW

Once the crown was crimped in six places it now held together properly and slid against the internal spring pressure so it can disengage when needed.

Sinn 103 HW

The crown and stem were refitted and it now works as it should, however there was one more problem and that was the day ring wasn’t advancing correctly or sitting centrally in the frame. As with most watches this means the dial and hands have to come off to access the components.

Sinn 103 HW

Once the back was off again the signed Valjoux 7760 handwinding movement can be seen.

Sinn 103 HW

The movement was taken out and all those hands and dial were removed….

Sinn 103 HW

….which left the calendar components ready to be inspected. The problem was the offset day ring had ridden on top of its jumper, so that was refitted correctly.

Sinn 103 HW

Dial and hands back on, a bit fiddly when you can’t find your Valjoux movement holder! Just the main chrono sweep to go back on now.

Sinn 103 HW

All done and ready for recasing.

Sinn 103 HW

What a beautiful watch, I’d love to have one in my collection to be honest!

Sinn 103 HW

Sinn 103 HW

Sinn 103 HW

4 comments

  1. Hello, nice review of a great watch.
    The lack of response by the parts supplier concerns me, as I am thinking of purchasing a Sinn (or a Nomos. I haven’t decided yet.
    Do you think the lack of reply is due to a policy of Sinn restricting access to parts?
    If so, it changes my view a lot. I don’t want the decision of where I can get my watch serviced made for me by someone else.

    Thanks.

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    1. Most watchmakers these days seem to delight in restricting the supply of parts to their watches in the mistaken belief it will generate more income for them. This is either by keeping repairs/servicing in house where they can charge like a wounded rhino or by saying the parts are now unavailable for older models and selling you a new watch. The reality is of course that people (like you) are more savvy than they think and don’t want to be railroaded down that path, most people would still prefer choice as an option when it comes to watch servicing.

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  2. Can you tell me if the dial moved at all when pulling the crown out to set the time? Mine does that and im not sure it should.

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