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Relaunching the Bundeswehr Chronograph – Meet the Sinn x The Rake & Revolution 155 Bundeswehr “Dark Star”

Relaunching the Bundeswehr Chronograph – Meet the Sinn x The Rake & Revolution 155 Bundeswehr “Dark Star”


It has become something common for magazines Revolution and The Rake to offer restricted release watches to their perusers. Some of them, for example, the Bell & Ross Bellytanker or the Chopard Salmon Dial , were shockingly wonderful. Today’s collab watch goes above and beyond and the outcome is the embodiment of cool. For sure, Revolution and The Rake have collaborated with German watchmaker Sinn to introduce a re-release of the unbelievable Bundeswehr 1550 SG, given in a restricted run of 150 pieces. Meet the Sinn 155 Bundeswehr “Dark Star”.

The Rake’s and Revolution’s most recent shared venture was an extremely pleasant, 36mm bronze cased IWC pilot’s watch. Following this military/vintagey/pilot theme, the two magazines possessed by our companion Wei Koh are introducing another flight instrument, this time in a joint effort with Sinn. It is toolish, it is vintage-propelled and it is cool, basically in light of the fact that it is a re-release of the acclaimed Bundeswehr 1550 SG watch. And that’s enough to tickle our interest.

1967-1990 – The Original Bundeswehr 1550 SG and the Sinn Model 155 Bw

The Bundeswehr watch was intended for military pilots, made for the West German Federal Defense Force (Bundeswehr). It was at first made by a company called Leonidas, which was subsequently bought by Heuer. It was driven by a Valjoux manual-wind type 222 with Incabloc stun security, 36-hour power save, flyback work and hacking highlight. It would along these lines have been recognized as a Heuer-Leonidas development and would be supplanted by the comparable type 230.

The watch highlighted two pushers for the chronograph capacities, with two subdials. The counter at nine o’clock showed constant seconds while the dial at three o’clock was a 30-minute counter. Larger than average Arabic numerals, straight hands and a “Concorde”- molded tip for the chronograph clear seconds hand all combined to make a remarkably intelligible watch.

However, the mark plan component was the bezel. The watch had an unmistakable, extremely wide, dark bi-directional bezel with semi-matte completion, a huge, white triangle at its zero point and Arabic numerals at 15, 30 and 45.

Sinn’s job in this story came during the 1980s and mid 1990s when Mr Helmut Sinn bought eliminated watches from the inventories of the Bundeswehr and sold these subsequent to reconditioning with, bury alia, added SINN lettering on the dial under the name “Bundeswehr Chronograph for Pilots” as the Model 155 Bw.

It was during this period that the brilliant materials utilized were transformed from the prior radioactive substance to something more secure, subsequently the dials with “3H” (Hydrogen-3) to indicate the change. A few renditions of the dial likewise incorporated a little “t” on top of the 6 o’clock index that additionally alluded to the presence of tritium.

All watches were fitted with a “Bund” style twofold layer lash, which was intended to ensure the pilot’s skin on account of extreme temperatures. They were delivered from 1967 to 1990 when Germany was reunified, and the Bundeswehr was restructured.

2005 & 2008 – The Sinn Bundeswehr Re-Editions

While the German brand actually has some military-motivated pilot’s watches in its inventory, generally with the 103St (indeed, it is a mark model), the genuine Bundeswehr watch was just re-altered twice by the brand, in exceptionally restricted batches.

In 2005, Sinn made a 200-piece re-release of the Bundeswehr watch for the Japanese market. The assembling discovered 200 extra cases proposed for military watches and set up them with a hand-wound Valjoux 7760 development. The watch included similar dark dial with brilliant hands and numerals (Super-LumiNova) and an indistinguishable Bund strap.

The 2005 Sinn 155 Bundeswehr made for the Japanese market ref. 155.020 (200-piece Limited Edition) 2008 Sinn 155 Bundeswehr made for Manufactum ref. 155.030 (272-piece Limited Edition)

In 2008, Sinn made a second 272-piece restricted release respect to the Bundeswehr watch, this time utilizing a programmed Valjoux 7750 for German vendor Manufactum. Despite the fact that the case, bezel and hands were indistinguishable from the military watches, this time the dial highlighted a day and a date window at 3 o’clock.

Sinn x The Rake & Revolution 155 Bundeswehr “Dark Star”

So here’s the third re-version of the Bundeswehr Chronograph, and by and by, it will be a profoundly restricted piece. For its “Dark Star” watch (take a gander at the dial and you’ll understand the name), The Rake and Revolution are going for authenticity. To be sure, the situation, bezel, pushers, crown and domed plexiglass gem are indistinguishable from the vintage military watches. This implies a dot impacted 43mm case, a dark-covered bi-directional bezel with an hour long scale and no cool looking sapphire precious stone on top.

The Sinn x The Rake & Revolution 155 Bundeswehr “Dark Star” likewise plays on the vintage pattern with a few unpretentious yet charming outdated, matured contacts. The bezel, for example, has been given a slight “apparition” impact to give it the presence of having been blurred by time and the sun. Along these lines, the matte dark dial, which adheres to the bi-compax format (no uneven 7750 design here) gets uncommonly shaded Super-LumiNova to summon the appearance of matured tritium of the vintage watches.

The dial of this adaptation gets the Sinn logo and the “3H” logo put at 6 o’clock has been supplanted by a phantom star, Revolution’s logo – subsequently the name of this form “Dark Star”. Most other subtleties of the dial – textual styles, state of the numerals, tracks – are indistinguishable from the vintage Bundeswehr 1550 SG, with the exception of the hands, taken from the 103St model (needle style).

Inside the case, the hand-wound Leonidas/Heuer flyback chronograph has been supplanted by a more current, more commonsense, more powerful and more practical Sellita SW510 – a development dependent on Valjoux design, altered for a bi-compax format. This programmed chronograph comes without a date. The caseback returns to the 4-screw plan of the vintage military watches.

The Sinn x The Rake & Revolution 155 Bundeswehr “Dark Star” will be, obviously, conveyed with the original gear Bund lash in dark leather – a need in this context. Likewise remembered for the bundle are three extra NATO texture ties in sand, olive and dim tones, just as a changing device and show box.

This new watch will be restricted to 150 pieces, just accessible through Revolution and The Rake webshops. It will be accessible at a moderately reasonable cost of USD 2,500 or EUR 2,240.  More subtleties and orders here .