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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Bittersweet Lemania 5100 news, last 500 pieces procured by...

Jorge Merino Reports:

N E W M o d e l — Sinn 142 Titanium D1 Jan 18, 2005 - 07:45 AM

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1985 space flight that saw the Sinn 142 become the first automatic chronograph in space, at the hands of German Astronaut-Professor Reinhard Furrer, Sinn has re-issued a new Limited Edition 142 chronograph.

Sinn has procured the last 500 calibers of the famously robust Lemania 5100 movements that are still available. A first batch of 50 pieces is available with a COSC chronometer certification.

The case is in titanium, with sapphire crystal and offers 100 meters of water resistance.



It's a sad day for fans of the less than beautiful but incredibly versatile, strong, reliable and durable movement. It's a bloody shame that Swatch group is killing off this movement dispite pleas from manufactures who use it and fans of the movement who would continue to buy them.

It appears that with Swatch group pablum trumps performance. Such is the pity. It's a shame this movement is being killed while less deserving movements are pushed. It's a shame that Swatch group won't spin off or sell the movement, probably fearing they'd get their proverbaial chronometre's cleaned.

We keep the flame from here on out boys and girls... Those of us who are fortunate enough to own them need to care to preserve them for posterity. The rest of you don't know what you're missing.

-- Chuck


Anonymous Anonymous said...


The German watchmagazines just advertized with these last 142 models with the last Lemania movements Sinn had in stock. The Lemania5100 is already longer out of production, but Sinn bought quite a stock of them when they could.

The pricing on this limited 142 is a bit high, but still affordable. Starting at around 1600 Euro.

Best regards,

Wednesday, January 19, 2005 1:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For posterity... Aptly said, Chuck. But what of parts availability in the future? Are prices for parts going to go through the roof? I am fortunate enough to own a Ti version of the Sinn 157 and an RT AirSpeed Chrono. You think the manufacturers will hold any stock of parts?


w a y p o i n t

Friday, January 21, 2005 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger Chuck Maddox said...

Hi Waypoint,

I would expect supplies of repair parts for 5100 Lemania's to be plentiful for quite some time. The c.2310 Lemania still has good parts availability and Omega stopped using it in 1968. The Lemania 5100 was in active production for at least 30 years and I would believe that while new examples are not rolling off the assembly line, that parts to keep vintage examples will be available for a long time.

-- Chuck

Friday, January 21, 2005 12:07:00 PM  
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Monday, January 31, 2005 7:14:00 AM  
Blogger Velociphile said...

Hi Chuck,

Inspired by your posts from your site about the 5100 and knowing it was going into (forced) retirement, I got one for posterity in the form of a Sinn 157 and talk about it here.

Sunday, February 06, 2005 9:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I should blame you for turning me into a Lemania 5100 addict!

Over the last few months, I have acquired a Sinn 157 st, an Orfina Porsche Design, a tonneau-shaped Lemania, a Lorenz chronograph, a Fortis Official Cosmonauts, a Revue Thommen Airspeed, a Tutima military chronograph, and a 5012-powered Lemania with a Sinn 142-like case. Oh, and I almost forgot the 176-0012 Omega Speedmaster!

As you can see, my case is pretty desperate...



Saturday, March 12, 2005 6:32:00 PM  

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