Helmut Sinn: Active until old age
Entrepreneurial Helmut Sinn was still active until shortly before his 100th birthday, which was celebrated by Guinand with the special model HS 100 dedicated to him (we reported). The Swiss watch manufacturer founded in 1865 had taken over meaning only in the mid-90s. Prior to that, the then almost 80-year-old sold the company Sinn Spezialuhren, founded by him after the Second World War in Frankfurt am Main, to the former IWC engineer Lothar Schmidt, who recently led her to a new size with over 100 employees , Sinn also had parted from Guinand shortly before his 100th birthday. The still based in Frankfurt watch brand is now being continued by Matthias Klüh .
Sinn died after a short illness, but he leaves behind a life’s work, which is already a firm place in the history of aviation watches as well as in the showcases of international watch collectors. These include legends such as the first automatic chronograph in space, the Sinn 142 S or the Guinand WZU 5 , a world time watch for five independent time zones powered by a single movement of the HS 81 caliber (based on Unitas 6497-1).
More about life and work by Helmut Sinn, 1916 – 2018, on LowBeats:
Guinand HS100: Anniversary watch for the 100th birthday of aviation legend Helmut Sinn
Guinand reloaded: Surprising comeback of a cult watch
The watch grandmother of the Apple Watch: Sinn 157, the clock for life