Baselworld 2016: Robert Alan Eustace, his stratosphere-jump and the Sinn 857 UTC

Sinn 857 UTC

This is something I learned in Basel: Robert Alan Eustace‎ parachuted from the statosphere at the hight 41,419 metres. Along with this ride was the Sinn 857 UTC, which was integrated into the sleeve of his specially designed suit.

 

Robert Alan Eustace, he is the Senior Vice President Google, jumped from the stratosphere at the hight 41,419 meters.

What Sinn learned only afterwards was that Robert Alan Eustace did choose the 857 UTC for his spectacular adventure. His team bought the watch and integrated it into the special designed suit…

In brief this is what happened:

On 24 October 2014, 57-year-old American Robert Alan Eustace parachuted from the stratosphere at a height of 41,419 metres. In doing so, he broke the altitude record set by Felix Baumgartner two years earlier.

Along for the ride was the Sinn 857 UTC, which was integrated into the sleeve of his specially designed suit. Before, during and after the jump, the instrumental watch put in a flawless performance – despite the cold (-77 degrees C / -108 degrees F), low pressure and a free-fall speed of 1,322.9 km/h, which lasted five minutes and resulted in Eustace breaking the sound barrier.

Once his parachute opened, he glided a further ten minutes towards Earth.

 

American Robert Alan Eustace parachuted from the stratosphere at a height of 41,419 metres. In doing so, he broke the altitude record set by Felix Baumgartner two years earlier.
American Robert Alan Eustace parachuted from the stratosphere at a height of 41,419 metres. In doing so, he broke the altitude record set by Felix Baumgartner two years earlier.

 

American Robert Alan Eustace parachuted from the stratosphere at a height of 41,419 metres. In doing so, he broke the altitude record set by Felix Baumgartner two years earlier.
American Robert Alan Eustace parachuted from the stratosphere at a height of 41,419 metres. In doing so, he broke the altitude record set by Felix Baumgartner two years earlier.

 

Eustace’s team of engineers chose the Sinn 857 UTC specifically for the stratosphere jump.

 

Sinn 857 UTC
Sinn 857 UTC

 

Sinn 857 UTC
Sinn 857 UTC

 

Sinn 857 UTC
Sinn 857 UTC

 

 

Only afterwards Sinn learned about the magnificent performance of both man and watch – which is now also being acknowledged by the 857 UTC taking its rightful place on the suit in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.

 

 

 

 

 

Mechanical Movement

ETA 2893-2

Self-winding mechanism

21 bearing jewels

28,800 semi-oscillations per hour

Seconds stop function

Shock resistant as per DIN 8308

Anti-magnetic as per DIN 8309

Case

Case made of stainless steel, bead-blasted

Sapphire crystal glass in front, anti-reflective on both sides

Case back screw-fastened, nickel-free

Crown screwable

Meet the technical requirements for waterproofness, as set out in standard DIN 8310

Pressure-resistant up to 20 bar (= 200 m water depth)

Low pressure resistant

Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds

Second time zone on a 24-hour basis

Date display

Pilot’s bezel with minute ratcheting and luminous key markSINN Technologies

TEGIMENT Technology, therefore especially scratch-resistant

Captive bezel

Ar-Dehumidifying Technology enhances functional reliability and freedom from fogging

Magnetic Field Protection up to 80,000 A/m

Dimensions and Weight

Case diameter: 43 mm

Band lug width: 22 mm

Case thickness: 12 mm

Weight without strap: 90 gramme

Dial and Hands

Matte black dial

Numbers and indices coated with luminescent colour

Hour and minute hand coated with luminescent colour

 

Warranty

 

3 years

 

 

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5 Comments

  • Sinn’s reputation for ruggedness is now secured. Welcome to the Moonwatch Club. Yet the off-set date display is an irritant, a flaw in an otherwise superb display.

  • Sinn is one of my favorite brands. I own an U1 and I will soon buy the 857 S (black) UTC . Clear design, much understatement, for the connoissers. An alternative to the overpriced IWCs.

  • Sinn is one of my favorite brands. I own an U1 and I will soon buy the 857 S (black) UTC . Clear design, much understatement, for the connoissers. An alternative to the overpriced IWCs.

  • The most interesting detail about this story for me is that it seems as if the watch was an unmodified standard model. Usually the watches used for such projects are specifically modified unique pieces. And the team absolutely trusted the watch. This is a very impressive reputation.

  • Wow. I type this as I gaze at my Sinn. Frankly, I just wear mine to work. Zenith and Baumgartner have competition! The Zenith is a pretty nice watch too.

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