Frankfurt am Main is the financial heart of Germany and therefore also being referred to as 'Mainhattan'. A very large number of banks, insurance companies, investment companies and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange are located within a radius of just a few hundred metres in the financial centre of Frankfurt am Main.
Frankfurt am Main is also the city of Sinn Spezialuhren. Founded in 1961 by Helmut Sinn, this watch company specialized in very functional watches. When Lothar Schmidt acquired the company in 1994, Sinn became even more technology driven and embedded all kinds of new materials and inventions, like TEGIMENT (hardening) technology, U-boat (submariner) steel, special oil, HYDRO technology and exposed these new watches and technologies to endurance tests of all sorts (extreme cold, heat and depth for example).
However, besides these mostly sporty watches, Sinn Spezialuhren also honors the Frankfurt financial district with the Finanzplatzuhr models. These watches are at least capable of showing two different timezones, and most of them are able to display three different timezones. The 6000 model has an additional chronograph functionality as well.
The Sinn Modell 6000 Finanzplatzuhr celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Although the credit crunch is not over (yet), Sinn wants to share their joy by introducing two limited Modell 6000 Finanzplatzuhr watches.
The Modell 6000 Anniversary II (or Jubiläum II in German) watch in stainless steel, limited to 100 pieces worldwide and the Modell 6000 Platinum (Platin in German) limited to 10 pieces only. Technical specifications of these watches are very similair, with exception of the used material for the case (and in weight ofcourse).
Above is the stainless steel Finanzplatzuhr 6000 Anniversary II, with a brown galvanized dial and rhodanized hourmarkers. Below is the Platinum version, featuring an engraved anthracite galvanized dial with rhodanized hour markers.Both watches have the same movement ticking inside, the trusted ETA/Valjoux 7750 caliber. This movement has a module added for the timezone functionality. The rotor of the movement is engraved with the skyline of Frankfurt am Main. The mechanical automatic movement has DIAPAL technology, to ensure a lubricant free escapement. When oil isn't used, there is no problem of preventing the oil from aging in an escapement. Without lubrication and without causing friction, established by the use of special materials (diamond pallets), long-term accuracy of the movement and particularly of the escapement can be assured.
Also, the Modell 6000 is water resistant to 100 meters (10 bar of pressure) due to its double sealed crown and pushers. The sapphire crystal on both sides of the watch is anti-reflective and the watch case of the stainless steel model is polished. The platinum watch case is polished as well.
The dimensions of the Modell 6000 Finanzplatzuhr are 38.5mm (diameter) x 16.5mm (height), which makes this watch suitable for any banker's wrist.
The Modell 6000 Anniversary II watch will be available in October 2009, for 2.950 euro (100 pieces only). The Platinum watch will be available in november 2009 and has a price tag of 19.900 euro (10 pieces only).
Both watches come with a 5 year warranty by Sinn Spezialuhren.