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The most interesting new model out of these three introduced today at the annual watch show in Munich at 5***** Hotel Bayerischer Hof without any doubt is the 212 KSK GMT.

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The Kommando Spezialkräfte (special forces command, or KSK) was officially formed on 20 September 1996. Since then, the global operations carried out by this special forces military unit have been of political, strategic and operational significance. A key priority of the KSK for example is to rescue and evacuate German citizens from crisis situations.

To mark its 20th anniversary in September 2016, the Gemeinschaft Deutscher Kommandosoldaten e.V. (association of German commando soldiers) has collaborated with Sinn Spezialuhren in designing a special watch, the K212 Special Forces Command, a special 70-piece limited edition exclusively for KSK members.

To enable members of the public to share in this special watch, too, we are delighted to be able to present the 300-piece limited edition 212 KSK, a retail version of the K212 Special Forces Command anniversary watch. The design is based on the anniversary edition, which is not available for retail. A commando sword surrounded by oak leaves, the KSK emblem, thus adorns the dial.

Guided by our conviction, special attention has also been given to making sure this edition is suitable for everyday use in KSK military service, too. For this, we chose a robust, resistant case material and set the pressure resistance correspondingly high at 100 bar. The 212 KSK also features a second time zone on 24-hour basis, thus taking into accountthe KSK, the design of the rotating bezel features the 64-mil ratcheting of a German army compass, which facilitates orientation in KSK field operations. This military-style ratcheting shows east at 16 milliradians, south at 32 milliradians, west at 48 milliradians and north at 64 milliradians. The rotating bezel can thus be turned to mark the direction of north – ascertained using the time and position of the sun – and aligned north. The numbers marked on the rotating bezel subsequently enable the direction and azimuth of the destination to be read. This special rotating bezel represents the determination and ability of the KSK to fulfil their mission even when all modern equipment fails.

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The watch is fitted with an ETA 2893-2, 21 jewels, 28,800 b/h, hacking, shock resistant according to DIN 8308 and anti- magnetic as per DIN 8309.
Case: Bead blasted German Submarine Steel, bezel with with Black Hard Coating based on Tegiment technology with top sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coated.Captive rotating bezel with 64-mil ratcheting in two directions.

Dimensions and Weight

Case diameter: 47 mm
Band lug width: 24 mm
Case thickness: 14.5 mm
Weight without strap: 135 g

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Lume shot:

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Next to the 212 KSK GMT SINN is showcasing Two new variants of the U1 featuring all-black cases that are part of the regular collection.

Both are the standard 44mm U1 size, rated to 1000m and powered by the Sellita SW200.

The first is the U1 S, essentially the basic U1 with a hard black coating on the case and bezel?

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Last but not least there is the U1 SE with kind of a camel tone Superluminova on the dial and hands for a vintage look. The colour is similar to that of the Damasko DA 20 dial/hands.

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All pics courtesy of Sinn/press kit
 

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The U1 looks good with the brown-ish lume. Otherwise...meh.
 

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I'm usually very impressed with Sinn, and my 856 UTC is probably my favourite watch. But I just cannot see the point of the 212 KSK GMT for anyone who isn't a member or an enthusiast of the special forces. Who could possibly want a 47mm watch with with a pointless bezel? Throw away the bezel and slim it down to 40 mm and it's a nice watch.
 
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