Last saturday I went to the Sinn dealer near my home (and also the only one in The Netherlands) and tried the Sinn 142 St.S on. It is the black version, which is similar to the one that Reinhard Furrer (1940-1995) wore on the D-1 Spacelab mission. He wore a Sinn 140, which is the same as the 142 but lacking the 24h-feature. Another cool fact (for me) is that Wubbo Ockels (a Dutch astronaut) was also on this mission, a few years ago I exchanged mails with him about the watch he wore on his mission.
Below you see the entire STS-61A / D-1 crew, including Reinhard Furrer wearing his Sinn. Wubbo Ockels is the second from left. He wore a Seiko 100M Sportschrono by the way, which he still has.
Not an everyday watch, but the black finish on the bracelet and case and the Lemania 5100 movement inside make it a bit of a ‘specialty’ in my collection. So I bought it! After wearing it for about 2 days I can tell you that I really love it and can see why people are so enthousiastic about Sinn.
I took the picture below from Gerard’s site, I expect to take some photos myself this week.