Revolution magazine and The Rake magazine collaborated with German watchmaker Sinn Spezialuhren and the 155 Bundeswehr “Dark Star” is the successful result.
Successful result? Yes, this watch was sold within two hours. The Sinn 155 Bundeswehr “Dark Star” was limited to 150 pieces only.
The Sinn 155 Bundeswehr “Dark Star” is based on the 1967 Bundeswehr 1550 watch. Powered by a manual wound Valjoux 222 movement (with flyback) and later on by caliber 230. This watch was specially created for the (then) West-German Bundeswehr (defence forces). Then, in the 1980s, Sinn founder Helmut Sinn purchased these watches from Bundeswehr inventories. He rebranded them with Sinn and labelled them as Sinn 155.
The Sinn 155 with The Rake and Revolution is the latest recreation, using the same case, bezel and domed crystal as the vintage military watches. The hands are treated with a special coloured Super-LumiNova that should recreate the look of aged tritium, often referred to as faux-patina. As you can see, Sinn did a beautiful discoloured ‘ghost’ bezel as well for this watch.
For this latest and most rare recreation (as it’s only 150 pieces), Sinn used the self-winding Sellita SW510 movement. They still managed to respect the two subdial design of the military watches. Fitted with a leather Bund strap, it looks like an original (and worn) Bundeswehr watch from the late 1960s. A job well done by Sinn, Revolution and The Rake. On the dial, you’ll also find the subtle black star which is the only difference from the original.
This is also a watch from my personal collection which was difficult to get due to the limited number of available watches and selling all out in just two hours but unfortunately it has to give way to other pieces for other personal projects.
The watch was worn very few times and is in excellent conditions and it’s sold with its full set and all accompanying gear.