Introducing The Sinn x The Rake & Revolution 155 Bundeswehr “Dark Star”
Article By: Logan Hannen
FROM THE PRESS | AUGUST 19, 2019
The Rake and Revolution Magazines (both the brainchild of wristwatch and style legend Wei Koh) have done a number of very interesting collaborative watches over the last few years. What started with their Heuer “Blue Dreamer” reedition blossomed from there, and now we have yet another very subtle, very intentional collaboration, this time with the German watchmaker Sinn.
Sinn is a brand that is renowned for their tool watches, specifically their aviation-themed pieces (though the U-1 diver is a killer watch as well). As history would have it, Sinn provided their 155 Bundeswehr to the German air force during WWII (alongside Heuer, whose Bundeswehr watch, though incredibly similar in design, is arguably the more desirable among collectors), and have since only allowed two previous reissues of the watch to exist, both over a decade ago. With The Rake and Revolution’s collaboration, of course, we now have the third.
The Sinn x The Rake & Revolution 155 Bundeswehr “Dark Star”
Case Diameter: 43mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel (Bead-blasted)
Lug Width: 20mm
Strap: Leather Bund Strap, NATO Options
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Movement: Automatic Sellita SW510 Chronograph Movement
In keeping with the dimensions of its historical counterpart, the Dark Star is 43mm in case diameter (not inclusive of the crown or function pushers), and its steel case is entirely bead-blasted to reflect the utilitarian case finish of the original. Its crown is wide enough to turn with gloves without being bulbous the way some pilot watch crowns can be, meaning it won’t dig into your wrist while you’re wearing it.
The watch also features a bezel that is bi-directional, in keeping with the original Bundeswehr watches’ need for timing two simultaneous events or simply timing one without the use of the chronograph. Its matte black finish helps it contrast well against the rest of the watch without making it unnecessarily loud or colorful. The dial is a grainy black with Arabic numerals for all but the 9 and 3, where the bi-compax layout subdials are displayed. A set of syringe hour and minute hands complete the dial, along with the arrow tipped second hand. All the hands are painted white for maximum contrast, and the lume on the hands and dial are faux-patina colored to capture the vintage aesthetic.
The watch comes supplied on a period accurate designed bund strap, black calf leather with a natural graining and matte finish. Revolution and The Rake also supply a heavy duty NATO/Zulu strap in a sand color with brushed hardware. Powering the watch is the Sellita SW510, an automatic winding chronograph movement with a 48 hour power reserve.
Though already sold out, the Sinn x The Rake & Revolution 155 Bundeswehr “Dark Star” retailed for a price of $2,500.
One of my grails is the Heuer Bundeswehr. I’ve made no secret of that over the years, and so to see this watch come up in my Instagram feed out of nowhere felt like Wei Koh and company had truly gotten inside my brain for this most recent collaborative effort. Its design is, frankly, iconic, with historical tributes left and right while still feeling modern in its execution. I’m pretty inconsistent when it comes to my personal opinion on faux patina, but in cases like this, I honestly think the watch wouldn’t look right without it. I’m also a total sucker for a bund strap no matter which watch it’s on, so this is really just icing on the cake for a geek like me.
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