I am quite obsessed with German watchmaking at the moment. It may be the prideful insistence to refer to the movement plates as “German silver” at every given opportunity. Or the considered yet reserved dials hiding the wackiness beneath the surface. Whether that be crazy complications or impeccable movement finishing, German watchmaking sets itself lofty goals. But at any price point, cheap replica watches from Germany have a lot to offer to budding collectors. This list selects three German “uhren” to start your collection.
Today I am not talking about high-end German tickers. Instead, I am pulling that slider back to watches that foster similar ambitions but are far more attainable.
Sinn 206 ARKTIS II Replica With Blue Dial
The German brand Sinn is well-renowned for its tool watch ingenuity. From oil-filled divers for the armed forces to clinical watches for paramedics. Many Sinns serve a professional function. In 2019, Sinn celebrated twenty years of the Arktis. The Sinn 206 Arktis II fake watch with steel bracelet was beefed-up to 43mm from the original 41mm black dial version. Just like the original’s essential characteristic, this diving chronograph has a temperature tolerance of -45°C to +80°C — just as Andreas stated in his list of alternatives to Rolex and Patek.
Party like its 1999
While the pushers may look like they screw-down as per the 1999 model, it’s just for design. Never mind though as activating the chronograph underwater does not compromise resistance down to 300 meters. Very impressive.
The dial and sub-dials of the Sinn clone feature a matching icy cool blue sunburst finish. But condensation in extreme environments is not a factor thanks to the dehumidifying technology implemented between the dial and sapphire crystal. The 60-minute scale on the bezel offers useful diver information, and the Valjoux 7750 based movement is the beating heart viewable through the sapphire case-back. There is also a hint of Patek with a steel bracelet with Nautilus-style center links. While the Nautilus may be out of contention, the Sinn is happily obtainable at €3,690.