Sinn 206 Arktis II Watch Review

Sinn 206 Arktis II Watch Review

Introducing the successor of the remarkable Sinn 203, the Sinn 206 Arktis II watch has been released and celebrates exactly 20 years since the release of the original. The Sinn 203 was an incredibly popular high functioning divers watch renowned for its durability and resistance to temperatures between -45 degrees and +80 degrees Celsius. The new Sinn 206 Arktis II promises the same alongside some brand new innovations that make it even more robust for diving.

Although most of us don’t plan on diving in waters that are as cold as -45 degrees Celsius, there is still something enchanting about the fact that the watch on your wrist could survive such elements. The Temperature Resistant Technology unique to Sinn was used for the first time in the Sinn 203 and has since made an appearance in many other Sinn diving watches. The technology consists of a special oil developed exclusively by the German watch manufacturer that ensures reliable lubrication and precise function under even the most extreme conditions.

The design of the new Sinn 206 Artkis II watch has been kept as close to the original as possible with the same icy blue dial and stainless steel case. We are, however, treated to some improvements that make the model even more resistant to daily wear. The stainless steel case of the Sinn 206 has been upsized from 41mm to 43mm and now no longer comes with a screw down pushers like the original. Instead, the timepiece is fitted with Sinn’s patented D3-System which prevents water incursion into the movement avoiding the need for screw down functionality.

The case continues to prove its durability with sapphire crystal glass fitted on the front and back coated with anti-reflective treatment and a screwable crown to assist in its water resistance of 300 metres. The stainless steel housing of the Sinn 206 Arktis II watch is also fitted with a Sinn’s famous Captive bezel which includes unidirectional rotation protection, a diving scale for 60 minutes, minute ratcheting and a luminous key mark. The Ar Dehumifying technology hidden within the case also helps reduce the aging of oils that comes from moisture in the air contained inside or diffusing into the watch.

At its core, the Sinn 206 Arktis II watch boasts the Valjoux 7750 automatic movement. This highly praised self-winding calibre equips the electroplated blue sunburst dial with classic hour, minute and chronograph seconds hands coated in luminescent colour, a day and date window and three subsidiary dials for continuous seconds, 30 minutes counter and 12 hours counter. The movement also boasts 25 bearing jewels, a power reserve of 42 hours and promises 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour.

Like most Sinn watches, the 206 Arktis II is available on a variety of different straps including stainless steel bracelets, calfskin leather, alligator leather, rubber and textile. The price of the model depends on the strap of your choice with the fine link bracelet variation retailing the most at £3,836 and the leather option coming in at the cheapest at £3,570. If you would like to see the full selection of straps and admire the Sinn 205 Arktis watch for yourself, click here.

Specifications: Sinn 206 Arktis II Watch (206.012)

  • Case Size: 43mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
  • Bezel: Undirectional
  • Case Back: Sapphire crystal
  • Crown: Screw down
  • Water Resistance: 300 metres
  • Movement: Valjoux 7750 automatic
  • Functions: Hour, minute, chronograph seconds, day and date, continuous seconds, 30 minutes counter, 12 hours counter
  • Power Reserve: 42 hours
  • Jewels: 25
  • Frequency: 28,800vph
  • Dial: Blue with luminous hands and indices
  • Strap: Available on steel bracelet, leather, NATO or rubber
  • RRP: £3,570 – £3,838 dependant on strap choice

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